On Location With Mariana van Zeller

Travel along with well-seasoned journalist and host Mariana van Zeller as she takes us behind the scenes of Breaking Borders.

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Sarajevo City Line

Sarajevo City Line

Michael Voltaggio and Mariana van Zeller listen as local guide/fixer Sabina Niksic explains the significance of the Sarajevo city line that separates the east from the west in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 960 1280

  

Sarajevo's Varied Religions

Sarajevo's Varied Religions

From this spot, anyone can see a temple, a mosque and a church, which shows the varied religious groups existing within a small radius in Sarajevo. Related Video: People and Culture of Sarajevo 960 1280

  

Children's Memorial

Children's Memorial

Michael, Mariana and Sabina read some of the 521 names on the column that honors children killed during a period of ethnic cleansing, when the Bosnian Serb forces wiped out thousands. 960 1280

  

A Fountain in Dedication

A Fountain in Dedication

A fountain accompanies the monument dedicated to the children. 960 1280

  

Drink and You Will Return to Sarajevo

Drink and You Will Return to Sarajevo

Mariana drinks from a spigot at a Turkish mosque. Legend has it that if you drink from the spigot, you will return to Sarajevo. 960 1280

  

Sarajevo Rose Memorial

Sarajevo Rose Memorial

A Sarajevo Rose memorial is a concrete scar made by a mortar shell explosion that was later painted with red resin to remember those who were killed during the siege of the city. 960 1280

  

Copper and Pewter Teacups

Copper and Pewter Teacups

Beautifully stacked copper and pewter teacups sold on Coppersmith Street (Kazandziluk Street). Related Video: Handmade Copper in Sarajevo 960 1280

  

Michael Voltaggio Shops for Copper

Michael Voltaggio Shops for Copper

Michael examines a decorative copper container on Coppersmith Street (Kazandziluk Street). 960 1280

  

Coppersmith Street

Coppersmith Street

A unique view of the quaint Coppersmith Street, which is home to vendors selling handmade items made of copper, including coffee sets. Bosnian coffee is a popular commodity in the country. 960 1280

  

History Lesson in Sarajevo

History Lesson in Sarajevo

Muslim dinner guest Haris Pasovic shows Michael and Mariana areas of significance that relate to the conflicts in Bosnia. 960 1280

  

"Sniper Alley"

"Sniper Alley"

A view of "Sniper Alley," where Bosnian Serbs hid in the tall buildings, shooting anyone that walked down the city's commonly used street. Women, children, public servants and United Nations peacekeepers were all reported to have been killed by sniper fire between 1992 and 1995. 960 1280

  

Tunnel of Hope

Tunnel of Hope

Michael, Mariana, Sabina and Haris visit the Tunnel of Hope, which was used during the Bosnian War to transport food, war supplies and aid and served as a means of escape between the neighborhoods of Dobrinja and Butmir. 960 1280

  

Restaurant Kibe

Restaurant Kibe

The beautiful dining room of Restaurant Kibe, one of the many establishments that Mariana and Michael visited during their time in Sarajevo. 960 1280

  

Restaurant Kibe

Restaurant Kibe

Michael and Mariana marvel at the dishes on the table at Restaurant Kibe. 960 1280

  

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Sarajevo City Line

Sarajevo City Line

Michael Voltaggio and Mariana van Zeller listen as local guide/fixer Sabina Niksic explains the significance of the Sarajevo city line that separates the east from the west in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 960 1280

  

Sarajevo's Varied Religions

Sarajevo's Varied Religions

From this spot, anyone can see a temple, a mosque and a church, which shows the varied religious groups existing within a small radius in Sarajevo. Related Video: People and Culture of Sarajevo 960 1280

  

Children's Memorial

Children's Memorial

Michael, Mariana and Sabina read some of the 521 names on the column that honors children killed during a period of ethnic cleansing, when the Bosnian Serb forces wiped out thousands. 960 1280

  

A Fountain in Dedication

A Fountain in Dedication

A fountain accompanies the monument dedicated to the children. 960 1280

  

Drink and You Will Return to Sarajevo

Drink and You Will Return to Sarajevo

Mariana drinks from a spigot at a Turkish mosque. Legend has it that if you drink from the spigot, you will return to Sarajevo. 960 1280

  

Sarajevo Rose Memorial

Sarajevo Rose Memorial

A Sarajevo Rose memorial is a concrete scar made by a mortar shell explosion that was later painted with red resin to remember those who were killed during the siege of the city. 960 1280

  

Copper and Pewter Teacups

Copper and Pewter Teacups

Beautifully stacked copper and pewter teacups sold on Coppersmith Street (Kazandziluk Street). Related Video: Handmade Copper in Sarajevo 960 1280

  

Michael Voltaggio Shops for Copper

Michael Voltaggio Shops for Copper

Michael examines a decorative copper container on Coppersmith Street (Kazandziluk Street). 960 1280

  

Coppersmith Street

Coppersmith Street

A unique view of the quaint Coppersmith Street, which is home to vendors selling handmade items made of copper, including coffee sets. Bosnian coffee is a popular commodity in the country. 960 1280

  

History Lesson in Sarajevo

History Lesson in Sarajevo

Muslim dinner guest Haris Pasovic shows Michael and Mariana areas of significance that relate to the conflicts in Bosnia. 960 1280

  

"Sniper Alley"

"Sniper Alley"

A view of "Sniper Alley," where Bosnian Serbs hid in the tall buildings, shooting anyone that walked down the city's commonly used street. Women, children, public servants and United Nations peacekeepers were all reported to have been killed by sniper fire between 1992 and 1995. 960 1280

  

Tunnel of Hope

Tunnel of Hope

Michael, Mariana, Sabina and Haris visit the Tunnel of Hope, which was used during the Bosnian War to transport food, war supplies and aid and served as a means of escape between the neighborhoods of Dobrinja and Butmir. 960 1280

  

Restaurant Kibe

Restaurant Kibe

The beautiful dining room of Restaurant Kibe, one of the many establishments that Mariana and Michael visited during their time in Sarajevo. 960 1280

  

Restaurant Kibe

Restaurant Kibe

Michael and Mariana marvel at the dishes on the table at Restaurant Kibe. 960 1280

  

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Shawarma

Shawarma

Delicious Middle Eastern spices are infused into either lamb, chicken, turkey, beef or veal, and then the meat is slow-cooked for nearly 24 hours to create shawarma. The most popular ways to eat shawarma are in a gyro or with flatbread (aka taboon bread). Find shawarma at countless places in Jerusalem, including Hamarosh and Moshiko. 960 1280

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Falafel

Falafel

The falafel, made of fava beans and/or chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), is extremely good and healthy. It's normally topped with a variety of ingredients, including tahini, cucumbers, tomatoes and more. Almost always sold alongside shawarma, falafel has found its way to the West, quickly becoming a go-to for a quick meal in large cities such as New York City  and Washington, DC. 960 1280

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Rugelach

Rugelach

This gem is made of yeast-leavened, sour cream or cream cheese dough that’s filled with some of the sweetest combinations around: raisins, walnuts, cinnamon, chocolate, marzipan, poppy seeds or fruit preserves. When in Jerusalem, try rugelach at the popular Marzipan Bakery. 960 1280

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Beigeleh

Beigeleh

A tasty treat similar to its Italian cousin, the pretzel, beigeleh (or ka'ak in Arabic) is rolled-up dough covered in sesame seeds and served with an herb packet of za'atar for dipping. Beigeleh is sold on the streets in the Christian and Muslim quarters of Jerusalem's Old City.


Related: Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock

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Musakhan

Musakhan

Incredible flavors, along with a tasty bird, top a piece of taboon bread for musakhan. Cardamom, black pepper, olive oil and onions — to name a few of the ingredients — make this dish very tasty. Enjoy it from vendors in the Muslim Quarter or at Philadelphia Restaurant in East Jerusalem. 960 1280

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Hummus

Hummus

Usually served with taboon bread, hummus consists of ground chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) with sesame seeds, olive oil, lemon and garlic. The Middle Eastern staple comes with almost every dish. New twists on traditional hummus include adding eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes, figs, spinach, feta and countless other combinations. 960 1280

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Sachlab

Sachlab

Sachlab, a pudding-drink made from a certain orchid plant, is served hot and enjoyed with coconut shavings, nuts and cinnamon. If you're up for trying something new, sample sachlab at the 24-hour Mifgash HaSheikh café. 960 1280

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Lamb

Lamb

Served a variety of ways (e.g., shawarma), lamb is a staple meat in Jerusalem. Enjoy it slow-cooked at Darna, a fine-dining Moroccan restaurant in Jerusalem.


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Beef and Lamb Burgers

Beef and Lamb Burgers

They're probably not the first thing you think about eating in Jerusalem, but burgers made of juicy lamb and tender beef are served at the popular Black Bar 'n' Burger in the New City. Top your burger  with traditional items, such as garlic baked in olive oil, duck breast with hot peppers, and, of course, hummus, if you wish. 960 1280

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Kebabs

Kebabs

Kebabs (called shipudim, or "skewers," in Hebrew) are the essential Middle Eastern cuisine. Simple to eat and really tasty, they consist of skewered cuts of meat — and, sometimes, veggies — on a stick. There are plenty of options all over Jerusalem, including Hashipudiya. 960 1280

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Gorillas in the Mist

Gorillas in the Mist

Roger Amani, a guide at Volcanoes National Park, leads local fixer Ayubu Kasasa, Michael Voltaggio and Mariana van Zeller to the Umubano ("friendship") group, a family of 13 mountain gorillas led by a silverback named Charles. It is, without a doubt, one of the most popular stops in Rwanda. 960 1280

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View of Rwanda from Volcanoes National Park

View of Rwanda from Volcanoes National Park

Roger Amani leads Mariana van Zeller and Michael Voltaggio out of Volcanoes National Park after spending time with the gorillas. 960 1280

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Selfies!

Selfies!

Michael and Mariana capture their excitement of being with the gorillas. 960 1280

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Potato Collection Inside Volcanoes National Park

Potato Collection Inside Volcanoes National Park

Ayubu, Mariana and Michael gather potatoes grown in the soil of Volcanoes National Park. Michael will use them for the dinner at the end of the trip. 960 1280

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Fresh Corn!

Fresh Corn!

Mariana, Michael and Ayubu taste freshly picked corn from a roadside stand in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. 960 1280

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Women Drummers of Ingoma Nshya

Women Drummers of Ingoma Nshya

An ensemble of drummers called Ingoma Nshya, which consists of Hutu and Tutsi women, performs for Michael and Mariana. It’s their official welcome to Rwanda. Ingoma Nshya promotes female empowerment, renewal and Hutu-Tutsi reconciliation. 960 1280

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Banana Picking

Banana Picking

Michael breaks off bananas from a tree outside of Kigali. Bananas are one of the biggest food crops in Rwanda. 960 1280

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View of Kigali in the Distance

View of Kigali in the Distance

A beautiful view of Rwanda's countryside, with Kigali in the distance. 960 1280

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Touring Rwanda

Touring Rwanda

Ayubu atop Mount Kigali with chef Michael Voltaggio and correspondent Mariana van Zeller in Kigali, Rwanda. 960 1280

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Nyamata Church

Nyamata Church

Nyamata Church, located about 20 miles from Kigali, is where thousands of Tutsis and moderate Hutus fled persecution in hope that the church would keep them safe, but most of them were killed there. 960 1280

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

On display are skulls and skeletons of the people who died in the church and the surrounding area. 960 1280

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Goat Meat

Goat Meat

Michael shops for fresh produce and goat in Kigali’s central market, all for the final dinner. 960 1280

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Produce Market

Produce Market

Kigali's central market is packed with fresh produce. 960 1280

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Chef Michael in the Kitchen

Chef Michael in the Kitchen

It's the last day in Rwanda, and Michael is in the kitchen, preparing the final meal for his and Mariana’s dinner guests. 960 1280

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Dinner is Served

Dinner is Served

Michael's green papaya salad with green vegetables. 960 1280

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Michael's Twist on Coq au vin

Michael's Twist on Coq au vin

Coq au vin topped with tomatoes and red wine. 960 1280

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Final Dinner in Rwanda

Final Dinner in Rwanda

Mariana and Michael pose for a picture with their dinner guests, who include both Hutus and Tutsis. 960 1280

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