Christiana Botic

Asylum Seekers Face Uncertainty in Croatia

Every time she applies for asylum, Farah must recount what happened to her and her family in Syria. She must write about the instability and danger they faced every day in her hometown of Damascus. She must remember pulling her ...

Chasing Away Winter with Slovenia’s Mythical Kurenti

Even during the busy carnival season, if you walk alone through Ptuj you can find some quiet stone street and think you’re the only person in town. But then you’ll hear it: the not-so-distant clanging of bells around ...

Older Slovaks Hold On to Fading Traditions in Serbia

Marka never throws any wool away in case she needs to repair something later. I consider this, and wonder how many scraps she’s held on to after a lifetime of knitting. Marka Kukučka is 81 years old and belongs ...

Vanishing Act: The Disappearance of Refugee Aid in Belgrade

A surreal feeling washed over me as I entered the white building behind the city’s main bus station for the first time. An abandoned, windowless place hidden in plain sight. Belgrade was all gray outside with winter fast approaching. ...

At a Serbian Salaš, Tradition is Always On The Menu

Most tourists visiting Serbia, if they manage to make it out of Belgrade at all, will likely only see a handful of the country’s other popular cities. Most tourists are missing out. For travelers seeking an experience away from ...