A view of Dubrovnik

I visited Dubrovnik in August, 2010

In 1991 Croatia, Bosnia and Slovenia seceded from the Yugoslav Federation. In response the Yugoslav Army (JNA), by then mostly run by Serbs, started an offensive on the three countries. The pretext was to protect local Serbs living in in of the three countries. The war in Slovenia, JNA’s first target would be over in days, Slovenia successfully claiming its independency, while the war in Bosnia and Croatia would drag on much longer.

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View of Dubrovnik

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Dotombori

I visited Osaka in July, 2015

Some places in Japan are just amazing to see, Dotombori Street in Osaka is one of them. It is an attack on your senses. The sounds, the smells, the light. All the people, some rushing by, others just wandering around. Huge lines form at the most popular street food vendors, the less popular ones shouting out their wares and prices.

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Dotombori street

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Matsuyama Castle

I visited Matsuyama castle in July, 2015.

On top of Katsuyama Hill, overlooking the city of Matsuyama, stands Matsuyama Castle. It is easily spotted from almost anywhere in the city, and gives a good vantage point above Matsuyama. In feudal times it must have been easy to defend from such high ground.

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Matsuyama Castle

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