Lunch in BiH
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July 25th, 2008 – by: cneoridium
Neum is town of about 200 in a really weird little strip of Bosnia that actually divides Croatia into two parts. Most of coastal Croatia is only a few kilometers deep to start with, they mostly own the immediate coastland, but there's a "hole", about 22km wide. This little strip I guess ended up as part of Bosnia because of an agreement back in 1699 to give the Ottoman Empire, occupying Bosnia at the time, access to the sea, in return for not expanding farther westward. It's always remained, giving Bosnia a tiny coastline. It's kind of a nice little spot, a resort area for the communist bigwigs in Yugoslav times, but sort of useless as a port, since it's separated from the rest of Bosnia by mountains.
As we came up the coastline, the Croatian highway actually ended, there's a border control point - passport checks, inspections and all - then a few minutes on the Bosnian section of highway, then back through boarder control again back into Croatia!
There's a carefully planned "refueling stop" for all busses passing through though, a chance to sell lunch and duty free goods to the passengers. We spent 20 minutes of our 40 minutes in Bosnia in the convenience store/lunchroom there! Balkan bus rest stops are all the same, always in some isolated spot and timed so you can't really wander from the concession there. The bus unloads, everyone shoves and rushes to the restrooms and bar and sucks down a couple cigarettes, after a warning from the driver that it's a brief stop. Then once everyone's spent some money (and the bus company has received it's kickback!) the bus pulls away.
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