Sarajevo Travel Blog› entry 7 of 25 › view all entries
July 21st, 2006 – by: tamsynj
Anyway, on arriving in Sarajevo, we had no accommodation, nothing at all, no map (it hadn't been on our rather vague itinerary) but thankfully the youth hostel there had someone who came to meet the coaches and trains. So we just got taken to it! The dorms were booked up, but they gave us an apartment which we shared with two people. It was so cheap (I can't remember the exact prices, I've left all my info in England!) and we had a kitchen, sitting room, two bedrooms (each with four beds - so my friend and I took one room and the other two took the other one) and a bathroom.
When we first arrived in Sarajevo, on the bus, we begun to thhink, what are we doing here - it was just a load of large concrete towers. Athough we realised 5 mins after the initial thought that was just the suburbs. The centre was amazing, we went to the tourist office, found all the info we needed. The hostel did tours every day. So we did that. I tihnk it was 15€ and it was for 3 hours. They drove us to the Tunnel that saved Sarajevo in the conflict, the cemetery where the snipers looked down on Sniper Alley, they took us to somewhere else, higher up so they could show us all of the city, and point out major landmarks.
If you have any interest in history, Sarajevo is the place to be - it is one of my favourite places to have visited. Its incredible how they still live with the history of it - there are buildings completely destroyed which have remained like that, holes in the walls from bullets, 'Sarajevo Roses' - shell marks on the floor, which have a plaque next to them saying when it landed and how many people it killed. And obviously the people there, who live with all those memories. There were also a lot of military people wandering around. The Tunnel Museum is also worth the visit if you can get there (try to get a tour bus or something, or you'll have to rent a car - its impossible otherwise!) Its owned by the same family who hid the entrance to the tunnel during the siege. There is a video of them giving water to people as they came out of the tunnel. Really is incredible.
Really was fascinating....
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