A nostalgic dive into the history, culture, and experiences of an Englishman living in the Balkans during Yugoslavia's era.
Martin Gannon shares his journey from England to Yugoslavia in the 20th century, his experiences of working in the tourism sector, including establishing a pilgrimage route to Međugorje, and his life in Yugoslav Airlines.
He also discusses how the country has changed after the breakup of Yugoslavia and the future of tourism in both Bosnia Herzegovina and Croatia.
Despite the significant changes and challenges, Martin maintains that the Balkans remains a place close to his heart, with its rich history, stunning landscapes, and most importantly, its welcoming people.
The piece of music in this podcast is: “Moja Je Pjesma Lagana” by Parni Valjak.
The link to Martins interview with Total Croatia News.
00:00 Introduction and Personal Experiences in Bosnia and Herzegovina
00:22 Meeting Martin Gannon: A Brit in Yugoslavia
01:32 Martin's Arrival and Early Experiences in Yugoslavia
02:54 Tourism in Yugoslavia: A British Perspective
04:50 Martin's Career Progression and Language Experiences
06:16 Residency and Travel Experiences in Yugoslavia
10:21 Martin's Involvement with Yugoslav Airlines
12:04 Promoting Tourism in Bosnia Herzegovina
14:53 Martin's Favorite Places and Food in Yugoslavia
21:40 Reflections on Changes in Tourism and Life Post-Yugoslavia
30:17 Future Plans and Final Thoughts
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