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Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo July 4th 2014

July 4th. American Independence Day. Also known as: The Day the Bosnians Couldn't Care Less About or The Day Chris, Dave, Ian, Hana, Nick, and Karis Had the Coolest Server Ever. We went to a Jazz Bar called Monument (apparently in the "posh" area of town. If a 4KM bottle of beer is posh, I'm moving to Sarajevo). Our server not only spoke English, but spoke it well and had been to the States. He taught us new drink names (like a Tom Collins...apparently called a Gimeš here), and we in turn taught him new drinks (a Jägerbomb is apparently very American. I shouldn't be surprised). We talked with him, watched the soccer (sorry, football) game, ate Burek (remember that food I didn't know the name of the first day? That's it!), and just bonded with ... read more
Tom Collins for the World Cup
Sarajevo at Night

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo July 2nd 2014

There's nothing quite like your first morning waking up in a new place. Particularly when you only got 8 hours of sleep after 2 almost-sleepless days, and, according to your body, it's approximately 4:00 am. Although the realization that breakfast is almost over does wake you up quite quickly when your stomach is grumbling. We went from breakfast on a walking tour of Sarajevo. While we certainly didn't hit all the city - I went further on my own the day before - it was interesting to get a local's perspective. Mo, our guide, was quite knowledgeable and enjoyed telling his jokes...which were that much better with his broken English. There are so many things about this city, like any, that you simply wouldn't know (or at least understand the gravity of) without a guide. For ... read more
The Car that Started WWI
The Start of WWI
Sarajevo Skyline

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo July 1st 2014

Today was quite a busy day. After landing in Sarajevo around noon local time, we all hopped on a bus and headed to Hotel Sokak, our home for the next two weeks. I'm rooming with Zach, who is a student who took this trip last year and is coming again as an assistant. The rooms are moderate; I was lucky enough to land one that has two twin beds. Several kids on this trip are sharing a king with another (no worries to all you parents...genders are split by room!). Between the 7 hour flight to Munich, the hour layover, the hour and a half flight to Sarajevo, and the half hour bus ride, there was plenty of time for bonding. I know at least know the names of pretty much everyone on this trip. Some ... read more
Sarajevo Hills
White Fortress
Sarajevo Hills

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo June 30th 2014

From Belgrade, Mirela helped me arrange a shuttle bus that picks you up and drops you off in Sarajevo where you would like. This was especially helpful as it rained most of the day. I left quite early in the morning, around 6am and was in Sarajevo by lunchtime. The drive was interesting, through mountain roads, really fast, in the rain. Sarajevo is quite a cool town, very alive and yet still mending after the war in the 90s. I really enjoyed my time here. I stayed in a dorm, which I said I would not do on this trip, but sometimes it is inevitable (especially when you are traveling for so long and don't want to spend all your money on accommodation). But, I stayed for four nights and three of those nights I had ... read more
Eternal flame
Children's memorial
Children's memorial

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo June 4th 2014

Das war heute ein spannender Tag in der bosnischen Hauptstadt. Ich habe eine Tour zu dem Tunnel unter die Flughafen aus der Zeit des Bürgerkriegs gemacht und dabei gelernt, das UN in Bosnien "United for Nothing" bedeutet. Ich habe die Stelle des Attentats von 1914 gesehen. Auch ein sehr schönes renoviertes Haus aus der osmanischen Zeit, das Sverzo House. Dann habe ich noch zweimal bosnischen Kaffee getrunken, einmal am bekannten Taubenplatz und einmal im Atmejdan Park. Ausserdem habe ich die Gazi-Husrevbey Moschee mit der benachbarten Madrassa besichtigt. Zu guter letzt bin ich an der katholischen Katedrale, der orthodoxen Katedrale und dem restaurierten Rathaus mit der Nationalbibliothek, welche im Bürgerkrieg abgebrand ist, vorbeigekommen. Morgen möchte ich ja nach Mostar weiter reisen. Bis denn.... read more
Blick ueber den Flughafen in Richtung des anderen Tunnelendes
Das Haus mit dem einen Tunnelende
Karte von Sarajevo waehrend der Belagerung

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo June 3rd 2014

Nun bin ich also in Sarajevo, dieser faszinierenden Balkanmetropole mit der bewegten Geschichte und etwas abseits des Mainstream-Tourismus. Die Fahrt hierher verlief dann doch ohne Probleme. Mit dem Bus von Zagreb über mehrere Zwischenstationen hierher. Auf dem Weg durch eine bergige Landschaft mit vielen schönen Schluchten. Minarette gab es auch jede Menge. Die Namen der Städte hat man in den 90ern oft im Fernsehen gehört. Von Überschwemmung war auf dem Weg hierher nichts zu sehen. Ich bin abends hier angekommen, zum Hotel gefahren und habe begleitet mit bosnischem Wein schön gegessen. Nur für die Online-Tagesschau ist das Internet hier etwas langsam. Bilder muss ich noch nachreichen. Ich hoffe, das schaffe ich morgen, weil das ohne PC anscheinend nicht geht. Dann werde ich auch das Tunnelmuseum aus dem Bürgerkrieg und den Platz des Attentats, welches sich dieses ... read more
Viele Schluchten
Von Hochwasser eigentlich keine Spur
Noch eine Schlucht

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo November 20th 2013

The sun was still shining on our last full day in Sarajevo. We finally took to the old battered trams that ply up and down the valley. If ever there was a public transport upgrade required, it is here. We had avoided the trams in favour of our feet to get towards the Old Town, partially due to the congestion that was evident on them as they passed. Supply clearly did not match demand. We were going against the flow on our journey to Ilidaz on this trip, but it was busy enough. We alighted at the Iladiz terminus. Franz Ferdinand had similarly alighted here on his ill-fated visit to Sarajevo, but there was no sign of any old centre where he had received his initial reception. We opted to give our legs some more hammer ... read more
Tunnel Museum
Tunnel Museum

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo November 19th 2013

The other major event in the relatively recent past that brought Sarajevo to the international attention is the 1984 Winter Olympics. We set off confidently up the hill in the direction of the Stadium. The Man in the Middle suggested a short sit down was in order half way up the hill. It was steep to be fair – perhaps a different approach route would have been a better bet. We had reason to be at the Satdium. It was Bosnian FA Cup quarter-final Wednesday and FK Sarajevo were playing at the Stadium in the 2ndleg of their tie with FK Vitez. It was finely balanced at 1 – 1, although we didn’t know that at the time. We had taken our detour to look at Princip’s grave and arrived in good time. The approach to ... read more
FK Sarajevo

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo November 17th 2013

The tensions of the recent past in Sarajevo and the Balkans War are hard to miss. The graveyards with the 11,000 + victims of the siege are laid out across the hillsides of the valley. The majority focus is on them. However, tensions in the city are nothing new and one particular grave tends to go un-noticed. In a corner of the graveyard within the shadow of the Olympic Stadium lies the memorial to Gavrilo Princip, the Serb nationalist, whose assassination of the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophia led to the events that precipitated the First World War. Princip was not hanged due to his age and died of TB in custody after 4 years. The bodies of Princip and the fellow plotters were repatriated to Sarajevo. There was nobody else around and ... read more
Old Town

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo November 16th 2013

The football business temporarily over in Belgrade, we were up at 5 am and down to the Bus Station for the 6.15 express to Sarajevo. The bus company was called Kondor, which was quite appropriate as we would be going over the high ground into Bosnia. We already had our tickets and I had the little tokens to get on to the platform secured. There was no sign of any seat numbers being employed on the bus - at least nobody came up and said move - so we settled down to early morning departure heading intially north out of Belgrade past the airport. The early scenery was not memorable - the flat agricultural land only interupted by the occasional feature incluing the West Balkan branch of the family diesel engine firm. We re-crossed the Sava ... read more
Avaz Tower

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