Leopoldine – Sarnavka, Tito’s street 12

Iva grew up in the house on Tito’s street 12 where three generations of her family, primarily the female side of the family, lived all together. One real matriarchy. As the only child, Iva was at the centre of attention and everyone revelled to give her the best possible attention. Besides her mother, her grandmother and great-grandmother, in the apartment also lived two sisters of her grandmother. Never married and without children of their own, Iva’s great-aunts; Olga and Helena Sarnavka. Each of them had its own separate and with a special details decorated room where Iva was happy to stay and was entertained in shifts by each aunt separately. At home, in addition to school, Iva also received a private education with attention to creative education by all of three aunts in particular because all three were retired teachers. With the oldest aunt Helena, Iva continued to have an incredible close relationship all the way until the end of her fourth year of university. Aunt Helena was a person with whom Iva could share all her secrets and who understood all Iva’s adolescent and student rebellious behaviour.

Iva’s aunts: Helena, Lola, Olga, walking the streets of Sarajevo

The major inspiration for creating the character of Leopoldine was, most likely, her aunt Helena.

Iva grew up in the house in Tito’s street 12 where three generations of her family, primarily the female side of the family, lived all together. One real matriarchy. As the only child, Iva was at the centre of attention and everyone struggled to give her the best possible attention. Besides her mother, her grandmother and great-grandmother, in the apartment also lived two other sisters of her grandmother. Never married and without children of their own, Iva’s great-aunts; Olga and Helena Sarnavka. Each of them had its own separate and with a special atmosphere decorated room where Iva was happy to stay and was entertained in shifts by each aunt separately. At home, in addition to school, Iva also received a private education with attention to creative education by all of three aunts in particular because all three were retired teachers. With the oldest aunt Helena, Iva continued to have an incredibly close relationship all the way until the end of her fourth year of university. Aunt Helena was a person with whom Iva could share all her secrets and who understood all Iva’s adolescent and student rebellious behaviour.

Iva’s aunts: Helena, Lola, Olga walking the streets of Sarajevo

The major inspiration for creating the character of Leopoldine was, most likely, her aunt Helena.

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