All this while still continually watching world events unfold. Events that feel closer to "home" here than in the U.S. such as the Yazidi "genocide" in Syria (to my knowledge it has not formally been called this yet but I think it should) and more protests and turmoil in my hometown including by the diasporic Bosnian community (I was sitting in the living room of a friend yesterday watching the evening news with him and his mother when protests in Berkeley came on the screen.) I also learned yesterday more deeply about the incredible pain of the state of the economy here in Bosnia. As we continued to watch the news, and learned of more factory closings in Tuzla (apparently the closing of factories is a regular and predictable news story here) a discussion unfolded about unemployment and hopelessness felt by many here, including my local friends, who all want to leave... every day their spirit endures.
it is hard to believe December, and 2014 are coming to a close. It feels like a blink. But the pace of my transformation here seems only to be accelerating, and at an ever increasing rate.