So this is Sarajevo...

Sarajevo Travel Blog

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View from hotel

If you see pictures of Sarajevo on the TV back in England it is always related to the war somehow.  Same if you mention to people that you may be paying a visit to the city.  Because of all these images / stories it feels very strange to actually arrive here.  The remains of the war are visible but not as obvious as perhaps Mostar was.  It was quite an eerie feeling but luckily the first person I meet (owner of the guest house I am staying in) is so chatty & friendly that I soon forgot where I was.

It is alot cooler here than it was in Mostar but it is still hot.  I was quite relieved to find that my hotel room has a nice big fan to keep me cool!

A few of the things I did / saw whilst in town were:

* Discovered Cevapi's - I could eat those things all day long.

  They are so simple yet they taste amazing.  To make things better they seem to be available everywhere and everyone seems to eat them...

* Found it quite a difficult place to interact with other people.  It wasn't that the locals were unfriendly but I think it is more to do with the whole cafe culture.  If people are sitting down at their tables chatting amongst themselves it is very hard to interact.  I would much prefer it if everyone just stood and mingled.

* Dinner time was always an adventure.  The first "incident" was when I ordered a steak in a restaurant.  The food came out and as it had just been cooked it was still sizzling on the plate.  The waiter saw my white shirt and fearing the worst took it upon himself to rush inside to grab a bib (like a baby wears) and proceeded to tie it around my neck.

Cevapi :-)
  Now I have no idea if this is common practice but I felt like a bit of a dick and it seemed to amuse everyone else.  Even the chef came out to look!!

* Second dinner time incident involved an old man who owned a restaurant, some stray cats and a water pistol.  It won't seem very funny written down but to see this old man chasing stray cats away from his restaurant with a water pistol was very funny :-)  This same man also showed me an example of the kindness that is often displayed in this part of the world (compared to England anyway).  I have no idea how successful his restaurant is but this particular night it was empty.  Despite this he was still generous enough to bring me out a desert & a drink of something that tasted evil and insisted I didn't pay for them.

  I left him a huge tip and wished him well.

* Visited the Sarajevo tunnel which as it's name suggests is a tunnel that was dug during the War by citizens of Sarajevo who were surrounded by Serbian forces.  The tunnel runs from a residential area through to the airport which had been declared a neutral zone by the United Nations.  Whilst it was originally approx 800 in length only 20 or so remain.  As part of the tour you do however get to walk through which was interesting.  The particular tour guide I had also drove us there and showed us various areas of the city on the way.  He drove us down Sniper Alley which is one of the images most commonly seen on English TV when mentioning anything to do with Sarajevo.

 

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View from hotel
View from hotel
Cevapi :-)
Cevapi :-)
Entrance to Sarajevo Tunnel
Entrance to Sarajevo Tunnel
Thunderstorm - One of the heaviest…
Thunderstorm - One of the heavies…
Old Town
Old Town
Market
Market
Sarajevo
photo by: herman_munster