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Debelo Brdo

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  • Day10

    The Great Balkan Ride begins.

    August 2, 2018 in Bosnia and Herzegovina ⋅ ⛅ 79 °F

    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

  • Day10

    Sarajevo under Siege

    August 2, 2018 in Bosnia and Herzegovina ⋅ ⛅ 77 °F

    Sarajevo is a sobering place. It was under siege for over 1400 days between 1992 and 1996 with no power, water or supplies. It's hard to understand that this would be possible until you see it - it is in a valley, surrounded on all sides by hills and mountains. The enemy had the high ground from all sides and shelled them every day and there were snipers everywhere.

    Compared to Budapest, this place has a solemness to it. Everyone over the age of 30 is old enough to remember it. Most conversations that start elsewhere seem to somehow go there.

    We did a tour of the last day for ArchDuke Ferdinand, in 1914 and his wife Sophie. It was fascinating to see the very spot where World War 1 started, yet still, the conversation went there. Our tour guide was a guy in his 30s and it was just us 3. He told us that when he was a child out playing in the street a sniper's bullet hit a wall nearby - he thinks it was aimed at him. We asked if he played outside after that he said yes, but never again in a red shirt. 50 children were hit by snipers during the siege. He told us about eating tuna donated by the U.N. - leftovers from the Vietnam war, and a cookbook that the mother's created with things like how to make 'spinach' by boiling prickly nettles.

    We did a second tour, this one about the siege. It was 4 hours long. Our guide was of similar age to the first one and the driver was in his early 60s. We saw what was left of the Olympic village (not much), and took a drive down snipers alley. There are still bullet holes everywhere. In one area, almost every building was littered with thousands of bullet holes, shrapnel and clear evidence of heavy shelling.

    There are makeshift graveyards everywhere in places graveyards normally wouldn't be. Again, the snipers made it very dangerous to even bury the dead. There are graves in most of the parks - little clusters here and there. It was really really heavy stuff. It's one thing to see pictures - it's hard not to get choked up seeing it in person. Look up what a Sarajevo rose is. We saw a few of those, too.

    Next, we headed to the old NATO airfield. NATO was bound by agreement to not let anyone leave and in exchange, the airfield was the only spot not held by the enemy. An 800 meter tunnel was dug under the runway - the only connection to the outside world and it was dug in the later part of the siege. They said it played a big role in ending it.

    On our way to go up the mountain to see the sites of the snipers nests and tanks were positioned, we passed through an area (a semi-autonomous region within the country of Bosnia) still loyal to the other side and we saw posters praising convicted war criminals proudly displayed on government buildings. We saw grafiti that was translated to 'the eagle is gone but the nest is still here'. It was chilling.

    The tour van got stopped by mini road block , and our driver dealt with the cops. We were missing a fire extinguisher, a violation. The driver gave them a bribe and we were on our way after a few minutes. We were told that after he gave them the money, he told them that his wife was sick and that wasn't very cool of them. They offered to give it back and he said "no, keep it".

    A little while later Colton asked our guide if the driver was involved in the war (the driver didn’t speak any English). Our guide said the driver was a member of a famous/infamous squad of Bosnians that had fought on the very mountain we were descending. His commanding officer was an infamous character in the siege. After years of fighting he sort of lost it and started killing Serbs inside the city (Serbs got shelled, too). Eventually the police came for him and his group of vigilantes - 12 police officers died in the raid. A second group of police eventually caught up with the commander and killed him.

    I don't think our guide usually tells that story, as he was very emotional and worked up by the end of it. The driver kept driving us down the hill, seemingly happy with how his day was going.
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  • Day40

    Sarajevo - unsere ersten Eindrücke

    May 25, 2018 in Bosnia and Herzegovina ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Nach zwei Tagen verlassen wir das Camp 🏕 von Gaga und seiner Mama. Die beiden waren wirklich so liebreizend 😍, dass wir uns tatsächlich „wie Zuhause gefühlt haben“, obwohl Bosnien Herzegowina überhaupt nicht auf unserer Route stand.

    Es gab noch einen letzten Tipp von Gaga, dass wir auf unserem Weg nach Sarajevo, in Jablinica anhalten sollten, um uns die abgestürzte Eisenbahnbrücke anzuschauen. An dieser Brücke wollten im zweiten Weltkrieg Einheiten von Deutschland, Kroatien, Italien und der Tschetniks die jugoslawischen Partisanen einkesseln und vernichten. Zur Verwirrung der Achsenmächte ließ der Partisanenführer Tito die Brücke sprengen. Am Ende flohen die Partisanen in Richtung Montenegro. Also auch an diesem Ort ein weiteres Stück Geschichtsunterricht 👌.

    Im Anschluss ging’s ohne weiteren Stopp 🛑 nach Sarajevo. Camping Sarajevo 🏕, welches wir uns aufgrund der guten Bewertungen ausgesucht hatten, liegt etwas außerhalb und wir müssen ins Zentrum mit dem Bus 🚍 und der Bahn 🚋 reinfahren. Die Zufahrt zum Camp ist, nett ausgedrückt sehr speziell, aber einmal die letzten Meter Schotterpiste, streunende Hunde 🐶 und die Mülldeponie überwunden ... stehen die beiden Besitzer 🙋‍♂️🙋🏼‍♀️ bereits winkend vor einem. Man wird gleich herzlichst ❤️ begrüßt und mit hausgemachtem Apfelschnaps oder Apfelsaft 🍏🍎 versorgt. Anschließend wurden wir mit zahlreichen Tipps für Sarajevo versorgt. Wo gibt’s die besten Cevapcici, den besten bosnischen Kaffee oder das beste Börek.

    Ausgerüstet mit sooo vielen Infos marschierten wir in Richtung Hauptstraße zum Bus 🚍, an der Endstation wechselten wir im wahrsten Sinn des Wortes in die Bummelbahn 🚋 (mindestens 50 Jahre alt 😱) und fuhren die nächsten 30 bis 40 Minuten bis zur Endstation (Old Town).

    Bereits durch die Bahnfahrt 🚋 waren wir mit Eindrücken erschlagen. In der Altstadt angekommen, fühlten wir uns gleich um hunderte von Jahren in der Zeit zurückversetzt und im Orient. Überall kleine Gassen, Kaffees, Moscheen, Shishabars und Souvenirläden 🙈🤣. Wir bummelten herum und ließen die neuen Einflüsse, Gerüche und Kultur auf uns wirken. Es gab unseren ersten bosnischen Kaffee mit Baklava 😋 ... so vorzüglich.

    Am Point East-Meets-West wechselten wir vom orientalischen Teil Sarajevos in den westlichen Teil und hatten das Gefühl, uns in einer stinknormalen Fußgängerzone wieder zu finden. Krass, was für ein Kulturschock!

    Nach so vielen neuen Eindrücken und einem vollen Bauch, ging’s für uns wieder zurück zum Camp 🏕.

    Schaut auch gerne mal auf Instagram bei uns vorbei #finnweltenbummler
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  • Day116

    Mostar to Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

    July 27, 2017 in Bosnia and Herzegovina ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    We caught the 11am bus to Sarajevo. I'm glad I bought the tickets the night before as the bus was chockers. We arrived in to Sarajevo about 130pm and caught a taxi to the hotel. He was really nice and didn't rip us off unlike Mostar.
    We checked in and then went for a wander to the Old Town. We found a place for a delicious lunch, pottered around a bit more then went back to the hotel for a siesta 😴 In the evening we went back to town for dinner and more looking around, I bought sunnies and a watch. Oopsies 🤗 The walk in to town is easy but its pretty steep walking back 😫😢😩

    HOTEL - Hotel Herc
    BONUS - Upgrade!
    ROOM - Good size, newly renovated, air conditioning, TV
    INCLUSIONS - WiFi & breakfast
    LOCATION - Short walk to town but steep coming back, market down the bottom of the street.
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