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A monastery cut into a cliff

Ostrog Monastery, Montenegro Without giving it too much thought, I join the queue at the top of the monastery. Perhaps it's my partial British heritage that subconsciously prevents me from questioning what the line is for - I just feel compelled to stand behind someone and wait, slowly shuffling ahead with the others. My mind wanders slightly and I look out over the view. At the top of a mountain in central Montenegro, with an expansive valley stretching out below me, it's a good location to enjoy the scenery. I don't really mentally process that everyone in the queue is a local, all the women have their heads covered with scarves, and many are holding bags full of food or clothes. It's only when I'm almost at the end of the queue that I notice the bags are being put into wooden baskets like offerings - but then it's too late. I'm...

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05 August