As we began our chat over coffee, Lejla shared that she thinks it is very important that, as of late, more is being invested in culture and sports, because these fields strengthen the country and civic awareness.
- We need to continue to make cultural events accessible and universal, they should be translated into English and there should be
She says Sarajevo is a small city that pretends to be big. Due to this, throughout history, it has been a turbulent place, with struggles for power and dominance.
A place of encounters and a melding of differences
- The suffering has turned it into a place of encounters and a melding of differences. Since this is a small city, there’s nowhere to run from “the other” or “the different,” it has to be accepted and embraced as one’s own. Sarajevo is everything all wrapped up into one, a city that accepts foreign identities and where all are welcome.
She stresses that she is always delighted by the mingling of church bells and the muezzin’s call.
- Sarajevo is full of attractions that exude history, natural beauty
Lejla thinks Sarajevo is beautiful in every season, whether one visits for a festival or without any special plan in mind.
- We need to popularize legends, like the one about the Seven Brothers; we have great theaters,
- I hope the Olympic ski jump ramp will be repaired
The bear and butterflies
- The National Museum offers a relaxing and real museum atmosphere, the likes of which can be found nowhere else in the world in such a small space. The natural history museums in Vienna, London or Paris are too digitized and sterile, but the stuffed bear and mounted butterflies at the museum never fail to delight.
Lejla usually gives friends and business partners Sarajevo windows from Melanie Gift Shop and copper coffee sets from Kazandžiluk St.
- I take guests to places that serve great food,