The cultural center where I work is on a street named after a poet, Aleksa Santica Street.
The building where I attend church, I discovered recently, is the birth house of this same poet.
Thus the two places where I spend the most time in Mostar are connected by this same thread...
Old photos of the poet (inside the building) on either side of a painting of the Old Bridge in Mostar.
Aleksa Santica (1868-1924) is a much-beloved poet from Mostar, whose most famous love poem, "Emina",became the lyrics of a popular song in the sevdalinka style, which is still sung wherever and whenever homemade brandy is consumed. The poem describes his love for the beautiful Emina, as he watched her watering the flowers in her garden. They were from different religious traditions-- she was Muslim and he Serbian Orthodox--and the love affair never blossomed.