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Sarajevo sunset

Climbing the surrounding hills, you see slender minarets and shiny turquoise domes embedded in a green, mountainous setting with rivers and trees; lazy smoke slithering over squat Oriental buildings with nearly flat pitched roofs, transforming somewhat clumsily into sturdy Habsburg-based structures, occasionally evolving into modern glass-and-metal edifices; an urban landscape peppered with small forests of elegant white tombstones. Western attire appears to dominate, but here and there you spot women with heads modestly covered with scarves. The wailing of the muezzin seems somewhat out of place as the sun slowly sets over this strange European city, squeezed into a valley. No, this is not a nightmare of a Swiss right-wing politician - this is Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a home of blonde Muslims, forever caught between the West and the Orient.


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Taken on March 30, 2014