November 21, 2014
Together with Mark, my partner in crime, we visited the beautiful town of Mostar. Mark had been here before, before the war. Needless to say how the place had changed. In the evening, on our way to meet the wonderful Elecovic family, we crossed the famous bridge. It was much steeper than I expected, with the steps shimmering in the rain. No way we could organize a dinner here…
Next day Jaso Elecovic took us on a tour, showing the gaping reminders of the war. Where I sensed an air of optimism, Jaso quickly pointed out how adept everyone had become to express positivism, while the city remained gripped in a political and ethnic stalemate.
Next day we met with Valentina Mindoljevic, director from the United World College and Wolfgang Petritsch, former High Representative to BiH. Even the UWC had not managed to escape from segregation. Contrary to what we feared, our ideas fell on fertile ground, despite the fruitless efforts of countless NGOs to break the barriers.
The goal of climbing big mountains should be to attain some sort of spiritual and personal growth, but this won’t happen if you compromise away the entire process.
Yvon Chouinard, Founder Patagonia
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