Stari Most and Bullet holes

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"The Old Bridge"
I left Hostel to the Sarajevo main bus station and boarded the bus to Mostar departing at 3.15pm. Its terribbly sad seeing a huge mass of graveyards all the way. What an ideology of human capable of killing so many innocent souls.

Once got off the bus at Mostar bus station, an old man followed and approached for accommodation. He led me to the guesthouse hundred meters from the main road infront of bus station. It's called Aldi Pansioner run by a pensioner. The dorm located in the basement and it was dead silent. In fact the whole town seems like a sleepy town on Saturday. Once and in a while I heard shout and cheering echoed from the restaurants.
Stari most after the rain
Then I was aware the cheers and shout came from the football supporter. It was world cup qualifying match between Bosnia and Estonia.

Exactly at 8.30 the town went ballistic with youngsters parading their flags, marching and cheering, cars tailgating on the main street as Bosnia won the match 2-nil. After a quick look of the town I went back to the hostel and left again near midnight. With fully charged camera I strolled down to Stari Most (the old bridge) about 1 km from the guesthouse.

The bridge is one of most beautiful bridge located and a very serene landscape over Neretva River. The old bridge stood for 4 centuries until it was destroyed during Bosnian War in 1993. After the end of the war, plans were raised to reconstruct the bridge. The World Bank, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the World Monuments Fund formed a coalition to oversee the reconstruction of the Stari Most and the historic city centre of Mostar.
Heavily shot during the Bosnian War
It was decided to build a bridge as similar as possible as the original, using the same technology and materials. The bridge was built with local materials. Finally the construction commenced in 2001 and by 2004 it was officially opened and had become one of UNESCO heritage site.

The town divided by the river. That night I wandered around till the other bridge and made my way back to the guesthouse when suddenly 3 teenage yobs walked pass me and begged for money. I was an alien face to them hence a perfect victim in the main street of Mostar not far from the hostel. It wasn’t an isolated dark street and there were couple of people having a drink not far from the scene. I refused to give them money until one of the boys threatened to hit me with the fist-sized stone on his hand.
Puddle of water filled the trace of mortar bomb


How he had the stone already in his hand at the first sight he stumbled upon me at the corner I do not know. That time I was couple meter away from them and he chased me shouting that stone might ended up hitting my head. I slowly grasped my pocket and found 5 mark(€.70 cent). Ok take that and I hope you’re making a fortune out of it. I couldn’t care less and the local not far from the scene was a silent witness. Take the money and leave me unhurt because that’s the most important. They are not Gipsy but local Mostarian.

Shaken by the incident I headed back to the hostel while the sound of their joyful victory echoed in the background.

I had to head back to Dubrovnik the next morning. The earlier bus leaving at 7 am but I wanted to take pictures of Stari Most and the remnants of war during the daytime so I took the next bus leaving at 12.
Traditional Bosnian dish. 10 sosejes in pita bread
30 noon. Mostar was pouring rain on Sunday morning that my shoes all drenched.

I wandered around after the rain stopped and Mostar was a peaceful mountainous little town with the foggy backdrop and the green river. One great sight was seeing 2 young Mostarian took a jump from the middle of the bridge to the Neretva River. It is traditional for the young men of the town to leap from the bridge into the Neretva.
Back to the guesthouse after, I checked out and paid 20 Marks ( €10) for the accommodation.

Waiting and waiting, the supposed bus leaving at 12.30 noon was nowhere near to be seen. Untill 45 minutes later a nearly full seated bus from Sarajevo to Dubrovnik arrived. After an hour journey the bus pulled over at the next town after Mostar and we had to change bus. Apparently something was wrong with the engine.



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RH122 says:
Syukur Alhamdulillah!
Selamat tak kena baling batu.. kalau tak pehhh..
Amin, u should have tried jumping from the bridge like the locals did..

Posted on: Oct 18, 2009
herman_munster says:
I'm back with one piece! Those experience was just an isolated case that happen everywhere on Saturday night. Drunken teenage asshole.
Posted on: Oct 16, 2009
Transitory says:
hope your head stays in one piece!
Posted on: Oct 15, 2009
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The Old Bridge
"The Old Bridge"
Stari most after the rain
Stari most after the rain
Heavily shot during the Bosnian War
Heavily shot during the Bosnian War
Puddle of water filled the trace o…
Puddle of water filled the trace …
Traditional Bosnian dish. 10 sosej…
Traditional Bosnian dish. 10 sose…
The remains being repaired
The remains being repaired
Stari Most by Neretva River
Stari Most by Neretva River
Bullet holes everywhere
Bullet holes everywhere
Mostar
Mostar
Constant gunshot left bullet holes…
Constant gunshot left bullet hole…
Bullet holes
Bullet holes
The sight that one has to see
The sight that one has to see
Graveyard is very peculiar sight i…
Graveyard is very peculiar sight …
Pebble pedestrian around Old Town …
Pebble pedestrian around Old Town…
Around Stari Most
Around Stari Most
Stari Most by the night
Stari Most by the night
The bridge that synonymous of Otto…
The bridge that synonymous of Ott…
Mostar old town
Mostar old town
Bullet holes
Bullet holes
Bullet holes
Bullet holes
main street of Mostar town
main street of Mostar town
Stari Most
Stari Most
Stari most after the rain
Stari most after the rain
Stari Most
Stari Most
Local take a leap to Neretva River
Local take a leap to Neretva River
Local take a leap to Neretva River
Local take a leap to Neretva River
Mostar
photo by: brcko