Relaxation and the Vines


In the last two weeks, I’ve made my way through Dalmatia and into Bosnia and Herzegovina. En route, I stayed with an amazing family in their village of three inhabitants (formerly four; the neighbor died the night before I arrived) just outside of Orebic. There, they shared with me their wine, their liquor, their company and their marmalade. They introduced me to a different mentality, a new way of life. These are some of their stories.

Arsen, the patriarch of the one-house village, is a happy man. They don’t have much in the way of material wealth, but they have everything they need, their home is warm and the vines are healthy. Maro makes the furniture in his work shop downstairs, commuting to the family home from his apartment in the slightly larger village down the road where he lives with his fiance. Nada cooks and smokes in the kitchen…

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