Join me in this episode of "Two Worlds, One Me", as I sit down with the fascinating David Bailey, or as he likes to call himself, Pejcinovic-Bailey. David has had an extraordinary life, starting with his career as a soldier, serving in Germany and the UK from mid to late 90s. But that was just the beginning.
After leaving the military, David embarked on a new adventure as a broadcaster, working for renowned organisations like the BBC, Independent Radio, and British Forces Broadcasting. His experiences behind the microphone took him to various places around the world.
In 1996, David joined the UK Army Reserves and took on the role of a media officer. From there, he ventured into conflict zones, serving in Bosnia, Canada, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. But it doesn't stop there. David's passion for media led him to become a media trainer in Ethiopia and the South Caucasus.
Since 2005, David has made a charming village in the northwest of Bosnia and Herzegovina, called Cardacani, his home base. He claims that it's where he's happiest, and I can't wait to delve into the reasons why.
Now, let me share a few intriguing facts about David. Did you know that he conquered the two highest peaks in Ecuador back in 1989? Impressive, right? In recognition of his valuable service, he was awarded the Queen's commendation in 1999 and even made an MB in 2002, all for his contributions in the former Yugoslavia.
While David claims to speak "passable" German, he admits to struggling with the languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina. But don't be fooled, he can certainly get by now.
As for how I stumbled upon David, it was through my endless quest for captivating podcasts covering the Balkans and the former Yugoslavia. And yes, did I strike gold! His podcast, aptly named "English Man in The Balkans," is filled with remarkable conversations with intriguing individuals from the region and beyond.
So, grab a cuppa, sit back, and join me as I uncover the incredible life of David Bailey in this episode of "An Englishman in The Balkans." Trust me, you won't want to miss it!
Look out for David Bailey's podcast called "An Englishman in the Balkans"
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Look out for David's new podcast "The Travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina Podcast"
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Music thanks to John Bartmann