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We were due to have an early start today. Breakfast at 6.30 and leave at 7am, however Colleen had her handbag stolen last night so she needed to wait until 7am when the police station opened. Seems this isn't the safest part of the world. Lots of unemployed and still seems to be a bit of unrest amongst the people.
Anyway we set off about …
... running home from school and they heard a grenade be launched into the air; she panicked and froze. Her mother called our and she ran towards her, the grenade landing directly where she stood mere seconds before. Listening to her stories made me incredibly grateful for the peaceful and safe childhood that I had.
Many of the buildings devastated by the war have been repaired, but there is still a lot of work to be done in Sarajevo. Coffee ...
... More and more Rakjia was consumed and heavy heads ensued.
We took a much more comfortable bus ride back to Sarajevo. This time, it was only Laura and I, meaning a stretch out a sleep. Timing meant we could squeeze in a quick Steph and Marty catch up before settling in at our new favourite hostel in Sarajevo. Harold is still perched on the hill ready to tackle the interesting roads and borders of Montenegro and Albania in the coming days.
... wife along for the ride, but I wonder whether he realised quite how much danger he was taking her into. Political assassinations had become a regular occurrence in the volatile Balkan region. The latest Balkan War had ended only the previous year. A visit to Sarajevo was taking the Crown Prince and his wife directly into the Danger Zone.
Suitably fortified with coffee and cake, we resumed our hunt for the mysterious missing hotel. After a bit more coming and ...
... is really in a beautiful location, and it's much bigger than just the old section of town. On the way there, you walk by this cemetery which almost all identical gravestones in white. You look and all of the death dates are between 1992 and 1995, during the Siege of Sarajevo. Then you get up to the top of the lookout and realize that there are at least four other cemeteries that look exactly like it that you can see and it's just super depressing and sad.