Camp Black Bear, Velika Kladusa, Bosnia-Herzegovina, serves as a depot for supplies and personnel for the army’s AOR (area of responsibility). It was our home for the first five days of the tour.
Before we could enjoy any of the facilities there (like food, TV, food, Internet, food, telephones, food, a gym and food) we were asked to attend a lengthy briefing on, among other things. the danger of land mines. This PowerPoint slide shows the dangerous areas in red.
After a VIP dinner in the Officer’s Mess (hall), a reception was held for us on the patio of the base. That’s Leanne Bruce on the left, stage manager for the Shags.
Even though we were special guests, military rules still applied: Two beers per day, per person. Army folk make the best of a bad situation with oversized cans of suds, like this hearty Croatian brew.
As the night wore on, it came time for the obligatory jam session. Here’s John Landry with Shag bassist Lisa Rae Simons.
And why we did we stay up so late after such a long transatlantic flight? You would too, if you had to sleep here!