Sore Rainy Day in the Tunnel

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The day started off, with being woken up by the Japanese guy, telling me about the tour time of the Tunnel Museum. A bit annoyed that he did that, and went back to sleep after that, as it was raining very hard outside.

When I woke up again, it was still raining. And a guy came to the hostel, to fix the shower drain. I ate my breakfast, and went out, into the rain. It was very cold, as I walked down the hill, into Old Town.  I went to the Tourism Information Center, where I got a map and location of the internet cafe, Click. Then I went to it, and used the computer to take care of some things.

After that, I decided to walk to the museums near the train station. It would take about 20 minutes in the rain. And a big mistake, for not only getting wet, but possibly getting sick in the process. I was coming down with a sore throat, and it really sucks to be sick while traveling.

National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina
I followed along the river and the street with the tram lines, but it did get confusing finding my way around. 

I was able to find the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which was recommended by a booklet that I got from the info center. I went inside, and found that left wing was closed, and no photography was allowed. I dried off for a bit, then started touring around the museum. More about it in the review here.

After seeing the National Museum, I went over to the Historical Museum, to check the hours. The entrance was a little hidden, with uneven and broken steps. I figure, I would come back later. I got on the tram, which was completely packed, that I could not even validate my ticket. So I ended up getting a free ride, due to not being able to reach the validation machine.
Latin Bridge
 

I got off, and stopped by a market, to buy some things, then back to the hostel. I took a pill, hoping to avoid being sick. I did not stay long, as I would be heading back out, with the girl from Australia, to the Tunnel Museum tour.

Stopped by the tourist office in Old Town, then got directed to another one. We got there, where we met the Japanese guy, whose name is Tetarso. It would be just the 3 of us on the tour. We left the office, and crossed the Latin Bridge, the spot that sparked the Great War.

That spark was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, who was heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary. The assassin was Princip from Serbia, who killed the archduke and his wife. Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, which caused more countries to get involved, thus the start of the Great War (later known as World War I).

Once across, we hopped onto a van, and headed to the Tunnel Museum.
entrance to Tunnel Museum
 More about how to visit this place in the review here

Along the way, the tour guide gave some history on certain places, mainly from the days of the Sarajevo Siege. We went onto streets that were commonly known as Sniper Alley, where walking on that street was certain death by a sniper. We would leave the city center, passing by the airport, and quickly be in a residential neighborhood.

We arrived at the Tunnel Museum, and went inside to a room.  Our guide gave background about the Siege of Sarajevo, and then we watched a video showing actual footage from the siege, and the tunnel being built.
entering the tunnel
It was just unbelievable to watch. The Siege was when the city was completely blockaded by Serb forces during the war, as nothing could get in or out of the city, as the Serbs tried to bring the city to its knees. So a tunnel was built under the airport to bypass the blockade, to get food, water, and weapons into the city.

After watching the video, we entered the actual tunnel, which has one set of tracks, used to get people and supplies in and out of the city. Only a small portion remained open, as we quickly went out to the other side. Then a display of things used, like the wheelchair used to carry the Bosnian president through the tunnel. And a map of the siege, along with the list of people killed in the conflict.

After seeing the museum, we headed back to the tourist office.
me with travelers, from around the world
We paid Adan, the guide, and I waited for a little bit, while the others needed to get some information on certain things. Afterwards, we all decided to go a restaurant for some dinner.

Along the way, I had to use the restroom, and used one of the public ones. Seeing the "toilet", which looked like nothing more than a hole in the ground, I was like "I don't need go that bad". Plus there was no toilet paper. I'll just leave at it that!

Back in the restaurant, I was having dinner with 2 other travelers, and having a great time hanging out together. After dinner, we headed back to the hostel. On the way, we heard the call of prayer, which was interesting to hear. Once at the hostel, we just chilled for the rest of the night.

I dozed off for a bit, then went back out, to the internet cafe. Spent about 30 minutes there, then back to the hostel. I did not do much else, and went to sleep.

monkeymia79 says:
The Tunnel Museum tour would have been difficult however I think sharing this history is important. If we can just learn from it, the world would be a better place.
Posted on: Mar 21, 2016
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cat in Sarajevo
cat in Sarajevo
National Museum of Bosnia and Herz…
National Museum of Bosnia and Her…
Latin Bridge
Latin Bridge
entrance to Tunnel Museum
entrance to Tunnel Museum
entering the tunnel
entering the tunnel
me with travelers, from around the…
me with travelers, from around th…
bridge over the Milijacka
bridge over the Milijacka
mosque
mosque
Milijacka River
Milijacka River
entrance to National Museum garden
entrance to National Museum garden
gravestones in National Museum gar…
gravestones in National Museum ga…
gravestones in National Museum gar…
gravestones in National Museum ga…
crossing the Latin Bridge
crossing the Latin Bridge
map of the Siege of Sarajevo
map of the Siege of Sarajevo
inside the Tunnel Museum
inside the Tunnel Museum
list of casualties
list of casualties
other end of tunnel
other end of tunnel
home where the tunnel is
home where the tunnel is
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