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.first day of school, almost.

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m: today was the first day of school for children in our neighborhood.
today was supposed to be the first day of school.

yes, that’s correct. unfortunately, the school is not finished yet. it has been “under construction” all summer, for today’s opening. the workers apparently enjoyed too much chaff time. additional workers were brought in last week, as they realized oh my goodness, we still need many walls, ceilings, windows, everything. we’re not close to being done, and school starts monday! what does the bosnian school system do with the kids in this situation? the kids simply can’t go until the school is ready. so for now, they wait indefinitely.

inefficient institutions fill this country. this is one example. it’s frustrating to me that children are missing out on education because of a lack of planning on behalf of the school/construction company. it seems that small tweaks, like a construction schedule, would have significant effects. with this rate, children won’t be able to spell construction, and that’s a tragedy.

for now, summer lives on in kobilja glava.



goodbye for now. i love you.


Written by Mackenzie Rollins

September 4, 2007 at 9:12 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Hey there Mackenzie! Your images, your words and faithfulness have been an inspiration to me all summer long. Each day that I visit good.morning.sarajevo, I wonder what your lens and your heart will show us next. Wow! What lovely, lovely images and what a lovely, lovely heart. Thank you!

    Michael Clements

    September 5, 2007 at 1:42 am

  2. Oh man… It is sad and funny in the same time…
    So sad, that nothing changes in the Balkans… but I bet the kids love the extra brake… 🙂
    Is that the pic of the school? If yes, kids are not gonna study this year… 🙂

    Lazo who wishes to be student at that school 🙂

    Lazo Von Vukovaren

    September 5, 2007 at 9:16 am

  3. That is very tragic. How can a school be of such secondary (if not less) importance? Do you think we should send Arpi in there to organize things for them a little bit? 🙂


    September 5, 2007 at 12:53 pm

  4. Well hopefully the people will get that school finished and ready before too long. Always enjoy your photos. They have an interesting perspective.

    Melissa Rollins

    September 5, 2007 at 1:01 pm

  5. ARPI FOR PRESIDENT OF BOSNIA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Lazo Von Vukovaren

    September 5, 2007 at 5:18 pm

  6. @ andi. most definitely the best idea i’ve heard. you, of course, have to come “help organize” the school with him. aw, shucks, ya’ll will just have to move here earlier than planned. i’ll share my room.

    @ michael: thanks so much! how fun that you’ve been reading the blog. how are you and where are you now? still in school? working at geographic yet? i know its coming. i’d love to hear how you’re doing, and thanks for the encouraging words.

    @ lazo: arpi for president. lazo for vice president.


    September 5, 2007 at 9:15 pm

  7. I really want to meet this Arpi and Andi.


    September 6, 2007 at 12:16 am

  8. Actually I am pulling back my idea of Arpi for president.. in the Balkans people who try to do things right usually get killed…
    Specially with the sub idea of me being the vice prez.

    No thanks.. I stay in Vukovar…

    blessings to your guys’s suicidal mission

    Bye-bye 🙂

    Lazo the sissy boy

    Lazo Von Vukovaren

    September 6, 2007 at 11:12 am

  9. @ leslie: so what you’re saying is that you’re getting on a flight shortly to meet them here. i’ll treat you to some delicious dishes, too.

    you’d love them leslie. they could even help you organize your house, and QUITE efficiently. arpi has a program that does it. i’m not joking.


    September 6, 2007 at 12:20 pm

  10. Slah Slee, dearest sister… Andi, Arpi, Laci, Keri, all 4-letter names of the coolest people in Europe. You must come and you must meet them all. And to you four-letter named beloved friends, I can’t wait for you to meet my sister and Chris. Oh wait, Laci & Keri have already.

    I’m gonna start spelling my name Robi to be cool too.


    September 6, 2007 at 1:22 pm

  11. OK and then we need to spell Lea’s name the english way just to keep her cool… LEAH…

    I see you have already changed Nathens to ‘Than Simeon to Mimo… Mackenzie is Kenz… but what you gonna do with Janet, I am reall curious… 🙂

    Lazo the four letter one…

    Lazo Von Vukovaren

    September 6, 2007 at 7:12 pm

  12. Just to continue the list of cool people:

    – Mimo
    – Kenz
    – Than
    – Robi
    – Jenn
    – Nina

    No, I have no desire to become president of Bosnia, or any other country for that matter. As one of my mentors (who is way more organized than I) used to say: “If you are good at problem solving, you will always end up with crap.” I am sure, actually, I know, there is a lot of crap in Bosnia.

    And yes, if you were wondering, I do have a program that helps you arrange your house furniture for without moving it around.



    September 6, 2007 at 8:43 pm

  13. four lettered forever! i love it.

    arpi: and yes, you would end up with the crap, but i think you could handle it. i mean, you handled the weirdos. if you could handle them, you can handle anything.

    robi: horse dork is longer than four letters. i guess that nickname is dead. right? am i right?


    September 7, 2007 at 1:07 am

  14. But DORK is a four letters 🙂



    September 7, 2007 at 5:09 am

  15. I love you guys… you make laugh hard…

    So Janet will be Jenn?


    Lazo Von Vukovaren

    September 7, 2007 at 9:32 am

  16. How about Jane T. Kinda like Mr. T? Remember him?


    September 7, 2007 at 11:05 am

  17. I am going to push some serious buttons here I know, but I hate the A-Team. Nevertheless, I think Janet deserves a four lettered name, how about JanT?



    September 8, 2007 at 12:37 pm

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