After I left my hometown back in 1995 because of the war in the old Yugoslavia I came back to visit it only 2 times in the last 24 years. Because of health problems, I wasn’t allowed to go into the water, so visiting Novi Grad in summer without going for swim into the river Una – what’s the point in that? Hence I kind of lost that deep connection I had with my hometown and especially with the beautiful river Una. Fortunately, last year I fixed my health problems, swimming in the water became after 24 years an option again, so I took three weeks holidays and went to visit my hometown, equipped with camera gear and big wishes to rediscover that rare magic I enjoyed very much in my childhood and my youth.
What to say: I found it, and when I came back home in Germany, I was very happy and contented. So I learn a great lesson from this trip: you can make you feel home everywhere, but you shoudn’t forget your true roots, if you want your life to feel whole and fullfilled. So I came back, I swam, I remebered. I remebered that sweet joy of life, that carefree diving into the sunny day of our hometown, into the river una, beer with friends bellow hotel, meeting by chance people and staying hours for small talk at the randnom corner. There is some kind of a pure relaxness here you can’t find in other places on earth. Thats where I come from, and that’s where I am going to be, again and again. So please take a minute or two of your time and let me lead you through the magic of a small town in the west of Bosnien, Novi Grad.
P.S. I strongly recommend using the headphones or a strong hi-fi stereo, because sound design is an important part of overall experience