I was sitting in a busy restaurant in the centre of Sarajevo discussing the merits of frozen peas and carrots. “Really,” said Armina Pijalović, who gives food-focused tours of the city for Funky Sarajevo Tours. “Frozen vegetables unify.”We were deconstructing a hearty stew called Bosanski lonac – translated as ‘Bosnian Pot’ and pronounced loh-natz – and all its ingredients.
"I WANT TO TRY AN EXPERIMENT ON YOU," said herb hunter Christine Bissell, as she bent down along the trail and plucked a green stem. Those eight words weren’t what I was hoping to hear when I signed up for this Kräuterwanderung, or herb hike, through the hills of Germany’s Black Forest.
"You need haircut," yelled a barber. "Come," he said, waving his hand for me to enter his shop. Before I reached the next block, at least four other barbers accosted me. I was on El Conde, the bedraggled pedestrian street that cuts through the heart of Santo Domingo's charming Zona Colonial.