Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina

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  • Day30

    Bosnia and Herzegovina

    July 6, 2017 in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Left Cavtat, picked up hire car and set off for Trogir via Split....that WAS the plan! Our border crossing into Bosnia and Herzegovina and then back into Croatia (lasting about 20/30 mins) was without incident. We then deviated from the plan (ok my idea) and that delayed our journey considerably. Because of the time we had lost we decided to bypass Split in favour of finding our accommodation in Trogir. Entered our address into the GPS....and it took us somewhere completely different! Tried again and the GPS turned itself off! So we turned here and turned there and stopped to ask directions to discover we were 3 doors away from our accommodation 😊 Happy again! By now it is 6pm - sometimes you get days like that. On the bright side some breathtaking scenery along the coastal road. Al did a great job driving too. Thanks! Yet to explore Trogir so all for now.Read more

  • Day19

    Heading out of Cavtat

    July 6, 2017 in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Picked up a hire car this morning to drive north. Al did a champion job driving a manual left hand drive! Managed to stay on the right side of the road. More amazing coastal scenery. Boarder crossing into 🇧🇦 Bosnia & Herzegovina ( Evie- new country to pin on your map!) then headed north again looking down on lush green farming valleys. Such a contrast to the starkness of the rocky mountains.

  • Day12

    Grapes and goulash in Trebinje

    August 16 in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Started the day with a morning ferry from Korcula back to Dubrovnik and then caught a bus to Trebinje, Bosnia. Btw there's a very odd policy in Montenegro, Croatia and Bosnia to pay the bus driver one euro for every bag stowed in the luggage area of bus. Lame. Pretty sure this goes directly into the driver's pocket.

    Prices in Croatia were killing us, so we were anxious to get back to the balkan costs of living away from the Mediterranean coastline. Trebinje, bosnia definitely filled that criteria. Normal sized beer ranged from $1cad to $2.50cad. Had a large goulash meal for $5cad. And our apartment rental was $30cad, and can honestly say it was overpriced heh. Won't make that mistake again.

    The old town was cute but considerably smaller and less maintained than the places we had just visited. But still a nice place to wander around before heading north to Mostar and Sarajevo. Passed lots of vineyards on the way here and learned it's Bosnia's main wine region. So that's where we started our day...

    Saw a major winery was within walking distance of our apartment and headed off. I swear it's not my fault, but there are crosswalks all over without traffic signals and you have to step into traffic and everyone stops for you... Which they did for us, but a trailing car crashed into the car that stopped for us and a huge argument ensued between drivers finishing with the guilty party hopping back in his car and taking off. And lol followed by other drivers getting out of their cars to argue about something with the victim. I was gonna record the altercations but then thought better of it and moved on. Bosnians are a feisty lot.

    Passed by a bunch of war-bombed-out buildings immediately before reaching the state of the art winery building. So much contrast everywhere. After some great wine there, we walked back and found a beer festival setting up, but unfortunately a huge storm was coming and couldn't stay for long. Got caught in a huge rainstorm earlier in the day too so left and finished the night in the old town. Pretty chill day, but have had lots of early mornings and no A/C lately, and it's starting to wear on us a bit. But with Mostar up next, getting rested is ideal. -SP
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  • Day13

    The Starriest Place in Bosnia: Mostar

    August 17 in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Immediately, you might ask yourself what makes Mostar the “starriest” place in Bosnia, the answer: Stari Most bridge. After an extremely windy bus ride that lasted roughly three hours (it was so windy that a fellow passenger vomited multiple times throughout the course of the trip), laying our eyes on this magnificently rebuilt stone arc made it all worthwhile. As the aquamarine water of the Neretva river sparkled below, our hearts were filled with incredible joy as we both knew this was the most photogenic scenery we had seen yet. Our timing was just right, as we also got to witness a diver leap into the freezing cold water.

    If you happened to notice that I mentioned the version of the bridge that we saw was a 21st century rebuild, that’s because the original was destroyed during the Civil War in the 1990’s. Graffiti artists have tagged building walls with the words “do not forget.” So although the historic centre has been restored, remnants of bombed out buildings and bullet holes plaster the architecture here.

    It’s hard to imagine such juxtaposition, but here’s an example: our super luxurious two-bedroom accommodations were just built in May of this year (this was easily the nicest place we booked throughout the entire course of the trip, we even jokingly said we would rent out the second bedroom on Airbnb), meanwhile across the street laid the crumbled remains of a high school, just one of the scars left lingering behind after the heartbreaking Civil War.

    With that in mind, we haven’t taken one step for granted, as we have so fortunately had the opportunity to enjoy the treasures this old town has to offer. While drinking and dining by the riverside, we shared a mixed meat plate for dinner, sipped some great craft beers at Old Bridge Brewery and enjoyed the live music at the Black Dog Pub. Rather coincidentally, as we were sitting outside of Marshall Cafe, Sean was spotted by one of his coworker’s brothers, all thanks to a “root of all evil” Whiprsnpr t-shirt he was wearing, what a small world!

    Tomorrow we booked a day trip with iHouse tours, so we’re looking forward to seeing Kravice waterfalls. This is only the second place we’ve stayed in for more than one night, so it will be nice to very temporarily lay our roots and not have to rush off and catch some form of transportation in the morning. KK
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  • Day14

    Mostar day 2 - The sequel

    August 18 in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    For our second day in Mostar we signed up for a day tour of some local sights outside the city. First stop was at Blagaj, a Muslim spiritual sufi-house that is several centuries old where people would come for deeper learnings on life and philosophies (and religion). The scenery was striking as the tiny village butted up against a massive cliff that hung out over the closer buildings. But much more eye-catching was the river that started right at the cliff face, which is a really bizarre sight for a river to start at a rock wall , which comes from an underground river below the towering cliff. Oh ya, the best part... Kristin had to wear some Muslim garb to enter haha.. she's not aware I'm posting her pic in it :)

    Second stop was at a Muslim medeival mountain side town (Pocitelj) mostly in ruins but still inhabited somehow. The people there survive selling figs and natural juices to passerbyers. Tour guide dropped us off at the top to find our way to the bottom. Wandered through the cobblestone paths and climbed to the top of a very structurally suspect tower and then had to escape the heat and find our way to the bottom.

    One more stop at a historically significant orthodox monastary and then on to gorgeous kravice falls which is not one large waterfall, but numerous veins that spread across an arching ushape area splashing down into pools below. It was especially fun because you can splash around in the pools and also climb up the rock cliffs to get near or under many of the cascading falls. It felt almost tropical like we were in Colombia and not what one might envision as a Bosnia locale. Bosnia by the way is impressibly scenic. Extremely mountainous and many rivers that all have a striking green-bluish color and clear waters. I'm not sure what I expected, but this wasn't it.

    Finished our day sharing a beer with our tour guide, and chilling out at famous black dog pub on the river and calling an early night so we're good for sarjevo tomorrow. Also had another yummy sharing platter with grilled meats and vegetables plus dolmas, stuffed peppers and onions. My God I wish we had stuff like this back home. So good and so affordable. Why are all our platters back home deep fried crap? Forget french cuisine and carb heavy italian, Balkans has it nailed! -SP
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  • Day15

    Sarajevo:Hijabs & beer, together at last

    August 19 in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Sarajevo is in many ways the perfect place to wrap up our trip. There's no iconic landmark here to photograph and show you. It's a city that has survived two world wars (including the event that started WWI), and the longest city siege in world history from 1992-1995. They've rebuilt everything but if you pay close attention to your surroundings, there are bullet holes in buildings everywhere. It doesn't embrace the remnants of war quite like Mostar did, mostly because it's the capital and needs to re-establish itself as a key European center as Bosnia tries to join the EU. But don't get me wrong, no one here forgets or doesn't care.

    The downtown/old town has an energy not seen anywhere else we've been. For centuries, Muslims, Jews, orthodox and Catholics lived harmoniously and you can see evidence as mosques reside metres away from synagogues and cathedrals. Every street and side alley has lively cafes with pillows and cushions to relax at, like you were in Istanbul. Sarajevo was under Ottoman rule for over 400 years but it was a peaceful existence for every culture, and not just for Muslims.

    We spent our first day relaxing at different cafes, sampling the local cuisine and beverages, and drifting in and out of the numerous Turkish markets that sprawl everywhere downtown. Unlike many other balkan destinations that had a large Muslim presence with mosques or Turkish styled old towns, this city was far more vibrant with hijabs and niqabs on every block, actively shopping or sipping coffees, or taking the family for food somewhere.

    Later that evening, met up with my coworker's brother (Chris Manor) and his gf (Jane) again for some craft beers at a cool spot called Vucko with 100 beers on the menu. By the way, those two are backpacking the world for twelve months! Amazing. My mom would probably have a cardiac arrest if I ever did that, but I'll admit it's a very appealing concept. Logistics of many sorts will make it impossible... Dare to dream and all that.

    Finding craft beer has not been easy at all this trip, but has made for some fun find-and-seek, where's Waldo type excursions which has almost always been a rewarding endeavor - sometimes the destination, sometimes the journey, and usually both. Sarajevo easily has far more options than anywhere else and we've enjoyed our final hours unravelling that reality. -SP
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  • Day12

    Sarajevo2: appreciate every moment

    August 14 in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Auf dem Weg zum Stadtzentrum erwarteten uns weitere Eindrücke: Häuser mit Einschusslöchern in den Fassaden, riesige Hochhäuser aus der Zeit des kommunistischen Jugoslawien und teils verlassene Ruinen. Jedoch zeigte sich Sarajevo auch von einer ganz anderen, überraschenden Seite: Hilfsbereite Leute, die manchmal sogar lieber deutsch als englisch redeten und eine lebendige Hauptstadt mit multikulturellen Eindrücken. An unserem Tag in Sarajevo fand das Filmfestival und das StreEat-Food Festival mit der Band Juno&Zara statt. Da dort die Devise "card only" galt, gab ein zurück mehr für ein leckeres Mittagessen auf Lasten unserer Kreditkarte. Danach schlenderten wir durch die gemütliche Altstadt, und waren guter Dinge uns bei einer free-walking tour weiterzubilden. Unser Guide erzählte aus seinen Kindheitserinnerungen, die Zeit im Keller, die permanente Belagerung und Schüsse. Auch erzählte er uns, dass er während dieser Zeit gelernt hat, jeden Moment zu schätzen: "appreciate every moment of your life". Leider wurde die Tour von einem heftigen Gewitter unterbrochen, so dass wir zwar die Geschichte von Bosnien und Sarajevo kennen, jedoch die heutige Situation immer noch nicht genau einschätzen können.
    Letzter Stopp vor unserer Abreise war das Dosenfleisch Denkmal, was in einer sarkastischen Art an die 44 Monate Krieg in Sarajevo erinnert. Dann ging es mit einem neuen Transportmittel auf unserer Reise, dem cable-car zurück zu unserer Unterkunft.

    Jetzt sind wir auf einer holprig-kurvigen Busfahrt auf dem Weg nach Montenegro mit Brot und Sardinenaufstrich.
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  • Day12

    Sarajevo1: Arrival & Tunnel of hope

    August 14 in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Sarajevo war leider ein zu kurzer Aufenthalt auf unserer Reise. Wir sind abends nach dem Rafting dort angekommen und haben erstmal unsere riesige Unterkunft mit 4 Betten bewundert. Nach einem Einkauf der einem Wocheneinkauf ähnelte, kochten wir uns Gnocchi mit Brokkoli und Ofenkürbis.

    Gut gestärkt starteten wir tags drauf zum Tunnel of Hope. Dieser Tunnel wurde während des Krieges zwischen 1992-1995 gebaut und verband als einziger sicherer Weg das eingekesselte Sarajevo mit dem freien Bosnien. 800m verlief der niedrige Tunnel durch den Boden zur freien Seite hin von Bosnien. Durch ihn transportierten Soldaten 50 kg Lasten mit Medikamente, Munition oder Nahrung nach Sarajevo. Das einzige was von Sarajevo exportiert wurde, waren Zigaretten, weil diese im Krieg als inoffizielle Währung galt und so für Nahrung eingetauscht werden konnten.Read more

  • Day8

    Budapest to Bosnia

    July 31 in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Colton here:

    Final Day in Budapest:
    We still had much to see. Sleep was as terrible as previous nights as the heat and humidity did not let up. The cure was a couple of double espressos and then stepping outside, the adrenaline of exploring the city kicked in again and we were ready to go.

    Shoes on the Danube:

    Thanks to the Global ERG’s “Ask me About” at the Summer Social, I had a conversation with Matt Feldman about our trip and upon hearing where we were headed, he told me “Shoes on the Danube” was something we needed to see. It’s a simple memorial on the bank of the Danube river where an estimated 20,000 people (mostly of Jewish heritage) were murdered by the nazis. The memorial is powerful in its simplicity as it features shoes of every type (men’s, women’s, children’s) facing the river in the place where they were shot and fell into the river.

    Communist Terror:

    Next we walked over to the “Terror Museum” which is the actual building where unspeakable acts of horror were committed first under nazi rule and then later under the communist regime. We learned very quickly that the happiness of being liberated from nazi rule quickly faded as life behind the Iron Curtain proved to be its own kind of terrible. For anyone that has gone to any of these types of historical places of great suffering, you know they make you sick just thinking about what took place and trying to wonder how people can do these things to other people. So sad.

    Time to Decompress:

    These were important things to see, but difficult and depressing, and left us in a heavy and somber mood. We needed to decompress and reflect so we headed to the Roman baths/thermal pools to chill out for a bit. To go in the mineral pool we needed to buy swim caps and looked pretty silly wearing them, but had some fun with it. We rounded out the night enjoying some traditional Hungarian folk dancing and music, drinking some wine and walking the streets at night one last time before heading out in the morning.

    Boiled Carp Soup, Pigsteak and the Signs of a Recent War:

    It was time to head out for Bosnia, but before setting out on our 8+ hour drive, we stopped by the main office of the organizers of these crazy adventure trips, The Travel Scientists, to say hi and see the office. Then we met our driver and it was off to Bosnia.

    Once reaching southern Hungary, we heard the local dish to try is a paprika-spiced fish soup, with local fish from the Danube, so of course we would try some! On reading the attempt at an English translation of the menu, we came to learn that it was boiled carp soup. I wasn’t too excited to learn this, because carp was a fish we never considered eating. But I’m all about trying the hinge that are important to the cultures of the places I am visiting. Just in case, we wanted to order some backup food, so I ordered some other fried fish dish, the type of fish was Zander. Steve wanted to order the Gypsy Roast and it was explained to him jubilantly that this was pigsteak!! A funny literal translation of a type of pork chop. The carp soup came and we forced some down, I struggled with thinking that it was big chunks of cut up carp, but I’ve eaten worse things, and I’m sure I will again!

    Back on the road through Croatia for a bit and into Bosnia. The landscape changed quickly in that we started seeing several destroyed and abandoned houses and our suspicions were confirmed that they belonged to people who fled or were killed during the Bosnian War of the 90s. We weren’t quite prepared to learn of how bad things were for the people living there during the war and the Siege of Sarajevo. More to come on that in the next post.
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  • Day10

    The Great Balkan Ride begins.

    August 2 in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Tonight is dinner and drinks with the organizers and the other teams, then a mandatory briefing at 8am in the morning for our first day with a destination to a small town in Montenegro.

    Our ride for this trip is an older Volvo V70 wagon. Not the Eastern European Lada we thought we might get stuck with, but not exactly a new car, either. It's FWD with a manual transmission, 250k km on the clock and air conditioning that works for 10 minutes every 2 hours. On the positive side, it's roomy, sturdy and has a massive range given it's large fuel tank and smallish engine. This going to be one amazing ride.Read more

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