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and locals of the lives lost from these hor- rific years of the siege. A local guide took us through the Old Town, Banjarmasin, and to the spot by the river Miljacka and the Latin Bridge where Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated in 1914, which ignited the spark for World War I. The picturesque city of Sarajevo is surrounded by forested mountains. The large river that flows through it is crossed by many unique and artful bridges. The Old Town is filled with great restaurants, small stores, a 16th century Ottoman mosque, historic churches, antique stores, coppersmith shops, and a Turkish bazaar. The city still displays the mix and vibrancy of the various cultures and religions that make up its current population. Despite recent ethnic strife, I was struck by how well the people of such diverse beliefs and backgrounds get along today. Our home-hosted dinner at a high-rise apartment in a more commercial and heavily populated part of town was a striking example of this. My group had a home-prepared dinner with a couple and their 19-year-old son. The husband Photos Clockwise: Adriatic Sea off Dubrovnik at sunset, Motovun Isteria Croatia, River Trail to top Kotar, Our Lady of Lakes Shrine Bay of K otor, Montengro. GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 95