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Published: September 18th 2009
We travelled to Mostar for a couple of reasons. I really loved Bosnia and wanted to see another city besides Sarajevo. I was also interested in seeing the region of Herzegovina. Our friend Tina in Serbia recommended Banja Luka and Mostar and we had also met a Dutch traveller in Sarajevo who told us a little about the history of Mostar, the seige, ethnic cleansing and the city's division between Croats and Bosniaks. I was very interested and thought if we travelled there, we could learn a little more about Bosnia. However, we were only able to stay one night so of course you cannot learn so much when you have to leave so quickly. Bosnia had turned out to be too expensive for our budget and we needed to get to Croatia quickly so we could camp in one place. It's always more economical to stay in one place for awhile rather than constant travelling. We also didn't want to stay more than one night in Mostar because the 'hostel' we stayed in was a family's home and upon arrival, the father picked us up from the bus station and made a strange comment to us about our relationship status.
It made us feel nervous so we didn't spend much time at the house, just out exploring Mostar and hopped a bus for Croatia the next day. We did enjoy the time we spent in Mostar. It was so pretty and the old town and bridge were beautiful. Everything we saw had been rebuilt and it was hard to imagine what it looked like during the war. There was some kind of bridge jumping contest going on so we waded in the river while watching people jump in. That night, Tages was able to pick up a wireless signal on our small Nokia computer and listened to the televised memorial for Michael Jackson. (kind of funny!)
This might not be the best article but it gives a little history on the city of Mostar.
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