The City of Diversities

posted 01-05-2015 category COLUMNS

SARAJEVO – When someone asks me about Sarajevo, it usually takes me a few moments to actually start speaking… It’s not because I have nothing to say, but because I simply don’t know where to start. There’s something compelling about this city that always leaves me speechless. Sarajevo is a place where many different cultures meet, many different religions and customs are practiced and many different ethnic groups live in harmony and peace.

There are many cultural events happening annually in our town, such as one of the biggest film festivals in Europe, the Sarajevo Film Festival, which attracts thousands of visitors from all around the world. When it comes to fashion events, the biggest one in our city is Nivea Fashion Week which happens twice a year, but the quality of it is at a very low level, however it is getting better and better every year.

Since Sarajevo is somewhat small, and yet it is the largest city in the country, everyone knows everyone, so we make sure to always leave our homes dressed up nicely. Sidewalks are our runways.

When it comes to me, I am just a simple girl with a blog, who takes photos along the way. I am also an English language and literature student at the University of Sarajevo and at the beginning I had to try very hard to balance between school, blog and my social life, but in the end, it all worked out pretty well. Since I am usually away from home for quite a few hours in a day, I want to make sure I am comfortable in what I’m wearing and looking stylish at the same time, which is not always the easiest thing to combine.

Opening my blog was a very difficult decision to make, because the thing that was going through my mind non-stop was the fact that people were going to judge me. Even though I opened my first blog back in 2007, it was still a massive decision. In the end, I realized that people are always going to find something to criticize and hate on, but it was up to me to decide whether I was going to let them stop me from doing what I love or not. And I didn’t let them do that… I realized that this is my life and I have the right to do whatever I want with it, even if no one supports me. Luckily, once I told my friends and family about my blog, they were more than supportive of me and the support of your loved ones is the only thing that really matters.

Hana – TrendGalore

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