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Travel Times - 22 May 2014
Another (relatively) short, three hour bus ride from Mostar to Sarajevo, Bosnia. After our discussions with Ned (see previous blog - Mostar) little did we know we would be learning about the situation in Sarajevo that mirrored Mostar.
The city is considered one of the …
... is a cultural crossroads, and unlike any other city I've been to.
The best introduction to Sarajevo is simply to stroll through its pedestrian zone, starting from Bascarsija, the atmospheric Ottoman quarter, with its cute little Vendor stalls, mosques, and the air rich with the delicious aroma of charcoal fires and sizzling grilled meats. As you hit the end of Bascarsija, the Turkish flavour magically turns into the ...
... pretty much deserted so I went in. There were signs about it being open in English and things like "please take off your shoes if you go on the carpet" which were basically meant for tourists who aren't Muslim so I figured it was ok to take a quick peek. So that was kind of neat - I got to see a little bit of the inside of a mosque.
Then just to round things out, I tried to find the other synagogue but didn't manage to find it. I ended up figuring ...
... so just figured we would do it this morning to wake up and see theres no availability!! While we are waiting for Haris we go into this office and ask his sister who is working to call the hostel and ask if there are any beds for us. Turns out tomorrow is a big Muselim holiday so this woman is closing her hostel for a few days.. Awesome, there goes all our hours of planning! Dammit. Figure we will just stay another night then instead of going to another town where not much will be ...
... excuse to fight. From here we got on the bus and drove to the tunnel museum. We were able to walk into the tunnel and have a look around. This tunnel was built during the siege 1992-1995. The longest siege in history! For four years Sarajevo was surrounded by Serbian troops and snipers firing down into the city at any sign of movement. The tunnel was the only way to get supplies into the city. It was built in a house and stretched 800m, under the ...