As a little girl, I always dreamed about airplanes and ships, so my father gave me an encyclopedia, The Complete History of the U.S. Air Force, as a present for my seventh birthday.
Many years later, I finally got a chance to catch a glimpse of life in the Navy, which I found very exciting and extraordinary. The U.S. embassy needed interpreters [for the Nicholas (FFG-47) visit], and Bosnia and Herzegovina Undergraduate Development Program alumni, including me, got a chance to go. Not only was it a fun experience, but it also was an excellent learning one. Meeting Navy sailors made me think how it is to be far away from your family, not knowing where you will be deployed next, not knowing if you might be sent to a conflict area, while you might have a three-year-old waiting at home, in Virginia. While I was thinking about their lives, I had snapshots coming from my past, from the times when Sarajevo was under siege, during 1992-1996. Thank God, war was my past and sun rays were caressing the crystal blue sea in Neum.