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Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo September 28th 2008

Mostar & Sarajevo Saying good bye to Dubrovnik I took a 6 hour bus ride to Sarajevo, stopping first at Mostar for a four hour period, to explore and view and walk across the slim, elegant Stari Most (Old Bridge) - Mostar's icon. I've seen this bridge in many publications and travel shows and always wanted to visit, the opportunity was there - Here I found a young diver earning a living (as many do) from tourists by plunging off the bridge 21meters into the icy river below. On this day he seemed to have cold feet and would procrastinate the plunge or simply the tourists did not want to part with their money - the wait was to long to hang around. There is more to this place than the bridge - here among the ... read more
Stari Most - Old Bridge
Stari Most - Old Bridge

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo September 12th 2008

We've been on our hols round a few of the Balkan countries for almost a week now although it feels like much longer. We started by flying into Split where we got a bus to the centre from airport and met the girl whose apartment we were staying in, which was really nice, a tiny little thing which we had to ourselves with kitchen and everything you'd need for much longer than the one night we were staying. We took in the small town with it's nice waterfront, old Roman palace and random 'beach' (more like a bit of concrete with horrible pebbly bit) but it was hot all the same so it was really nice. After we had done that we inevitably ended up in several bars and stayed there for the day. We ate ... read more
Ferry to Korcula
City Walls

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo August 18th 2008

A little update since we only had two days in this place before we moved onto Belgrade.. Well we wish we had stayed longer in Sarajevo even though it is only a tiny city for the capital of a country. The bus trip from Dubrovnik was spectular going over mountains, along cliffs and into deep valleys but the best part of the trip was the stop over we made along the way. We have not really been eating any meat when travelling since it is eith to expensive or to hard to find a place to cook but in Bosnia it is the best! This place we stopped at had 12 spit roasts on the go and some how we managed to get a massive roll of meat each and it was the best! Just imagine ... read more

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo August 5th 2008

After the longest train journey since the creation of trains and a 3 hour delay in Croatia where the local shop decided a good exchange rate was 1 euro to 1 kuna (it should be 10) I finally made it in to Sarajevo just as they were locking up the station. Sarajevo is very different to the countries Ive been to so far due to its massively Turkish influence. The old town is a maze of cobbled streets lined with souvenir shops with hundreds of minarets overlooking them. Its only when you take a second look that you see that almost every single building is peppered with bullet holes and those that arent are reconstructions funded by other countries to help rebuild the region after the war when Yugoslavia broke up. The place seemed to be ... read more
Sarajevo 2
Sarajevo 3
Sarajevo 4

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo August 2nd 2008

Had fun in Sarajevo, didn't tread on a landmine... read more


Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo July 20th 2008

Goodday Firstly, Mr McGregor dropped a bomb on us. Although, this is not an uncommon occurance in Bosnia it nevertheless caused some consternation. It transpired that he was leaving in order to be present at the birth of his child. Accordingly he got on the first plane to Kuala Lumpur, which happened to be from Zagreb, three days later. Sarajevo turned out to be rather a highlight. We were housed in a metal shack in a slum next to the beautiful Muslim quarter of the city. Our arrival was somewhat hairy, and thatś not just the drivers eyebrows. Our ´free pick-up service´involved a drag race between a dilapidated Mercedes and a smoke belching Golf. This culminated in an abrupt ´bay park´ in a hedge in the darkness. Our hostel turned out to be very pleasant and ... read more
Twilight over Sarajevo
like, night time.
Mopsy and train.

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo July 20th 2008

Sarajevo on hieno! En päässyt Istanbuliin asti, mutta tämä on meilkein yhtä hyvä. Kulunut ja rähjäinen kaupunki täynnä elämää. Sodan arvet ovat vielä paikoitellen nähtävissä talojen julkisivuissa. Kaupunki näyttää vähän niin kuin laastaroidulta. Monista rakennuksista näkee, että niitä on paikkailtu. Moskeijoiden minaretit luovat itämaisen tunnelman. Muslimeja näkyy myös katukuvassa; hunnutettuja naisia siis, eihän miehistä niin tiedä. Tätä pidemälle en tällä matkalla ehdi. Nyt on aika lähteä takaisinpäin. Travemunden satamaan onkin yli 2000 kilometriä. Aikaa paluumatkaan on noin viikko. Piece of cake? We will see, stay tuned for the next episode... :)... read more

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo June 4th 2008

Well here we are in Bosnia, after a grueling twenty four hour commute from Sofia, Bulgaria. We've been on four trains, two of them transnational, and when we arrived last night, we were absolute shells. Completely knackered, running on fumes. We arrived at the Sofia train station two nights ago with minutes to spare, and spent a few frenzied minutes running around (backpacks on) trying to locate our train. It adds a whole new level of difficulty to things when the country you're in uses a completely different alphabet than you're own. Like, it's still Cyrillic, like they use in Greece, but it's a different Cyrillic. Somehow. So we finally got to our train and crashed in a sweaty mess in our compartment. So that's how the passport control officer found us, sweating and a little ... read more

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo May 29th 2008

Well it was amazing.. Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of the countries you say to yourself "why would I go there??" At least that's what I thought before hand. But when I arrived there I soon changed my mind. The Country is very lush and filled with mountains and rolling hills ( though you cant go hiking without a guide for fear of Landmines). Then you go to Sarajevo the Capitol, which the only thing I had ever heard about it was on CNN and it wasn't too pretty. But you walk around and its a very quaint city with the nicest people. Also its the only place in the world I have found where you can walk around the downtown and hear the "Call to Prayer" then just a few seconds later here the Church ... read more
The Pigeon Lady
Streets of Sarajevo
A vary large chess match

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo May 25th 2008

Za doručak tokrat ni bilo niti polnozrnatega sorodnika, zato smo se pač morali zadovoljiti z belim kruhom. Jebiga, smo si pa zato privoščili belo kavo. Do Mostarja sva se skozi tunele brez luči večinoma vozila ob reki Neretvi. Bil je lep, sončen dan, po radiu so razlagali recept za ribo s krompirjem in čebulo "za ideju za nedeljski ručak za naše slušateljice". Kakšnih 30 km pred Mostarjem pa se je zgodila klasika: Francla so ujeli na radar! Štos je v tem, da sva itak vedno vozila po omejitvah, le tistikrat se je moj šofer odločil prehiteti bus - i evo ti ga na, policija. Jebiga, desi se. "Baš iz Slovenije ste mi vi?!" je bil navdušen policaj. Odšla sta do njihovega avta, Francl je nekaj motovilil z rokami, body language je bil jasno razpoznaven tudi iz ... read more

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