Friday brought the last day of my internship with CBC in London. In a way, it’s good because I don’t think I could have afforded living in London much longer (although I am now a connoisseur of £2 dinners from Sainsbury’s). On Thursday I fly out to Sarajevo to begin an adventure in the Balkans with Photographers Without Borders, where the cost of living is significantly cheaper.

Using the McDonald’s scale, a combo in Bosnia costs 8KM (convertible marks), or about $6 Canadian. The same in London costs £5, or about $9.40 Canadian. I am very excited just typing that.

The Project 1948 Sarajevo trip has grown a lot since we first started planning it. What started as a project based solely in Sarajevo now has us traveling through refugee camps in the Balkans, with a whole team of NGO workers and Fujifilm to tell the stories of families caught up in this forced migration and also deliver aid.

Speaking of forced migration, you may have heard Canada mentioned in the news recently. There’s a wildfire bigger than New York City burning through western Canada right now. Here it is in the New York Times. It may take months to put out.

While firefighters wait to get the rain they desperately need to help put out the fire, 80,000 people have been internally displaced. For many, there will be nothing to go back to except scorched earth.

Right now the Canadian Government is matching donations made to the Red Cross to help fight the fire and get supplies needed by people who’ve been displaced by the fire.

I donated. It’s really easy.

Even $2 could buy a coffee or toiletries for someone having a really bad day.

A lot of us Maritimers (those of us from the East Coast of Canada), are especially feeling the pull to help Fort McMurray. There are a lot of east coasters working in the oilsands. In the ’90s when Nova Scotia’s fisheries industry collapsed due to a federally-imposed moratorium in cod, lots of east coasters headed out west. Rob’s sister used to live in Fort McMurray. I feel confident in saying everyone in Nova Scotia knows someone who’s gone west to look for work. Here’s hoping everyone in Fort McMurray can find the help they need.

What I’ve been reading on the internet this week:

That’s a wrap for this week. Wish me luck as I’m gearing up for a trip to Wales, then on to Sarajevo. Finally!

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Hi Mel,
We are catching up on what you have been up to during your stay in England and now in Bosnia. Real interesting reading about all your experiences while interning with the CBC. Looking forward to read about your time in Sarajevo. Enjoy the rest of your stay.
Love, Nana & Opa

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