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The bus ride to Mostar is very scenic. We follow the coast south for about 2 hours before heading inland. The road inland follows the Neretva river through the mountain gorge, and offers some more great scenery.
I arrive in Mostar and its a short walk to my accommodation. I am greeted by Amel and he shows me through his very large apartment. It is very nice and comfortable with all the mod cons one could want. I did not ...
... the name of the city is somewhat Ottoman. It comes from the word sarai- meaning the place the Ottoman caravans stopped for the night and also the word for field (Sarai-evo).
We saw one such sarai, although now they have shops where the pack animals would have slept and people live (I think) where the travelers would have slept.
After the Ottomans were kicked out, the Austrians moved in. There is a spot in town where you can stand and look left to see ...
Bosnia and Herzegovina...
This country conjures up images of war and terror, of ethnic cleansing, and of course 'Balkanization'. I was a small child in school when the former Yugoslavia and the USSR broke apart but those images still seem relatively recent in memory!
A brief history of this country since the start of 20th century is essential to get a grasp of it's troubled state and may be summed up as follows:
"Bosnia and Herzegovina annexed to the ...
... the cobblestone streets and went into lots of the little trinket shops. We noticed a very large Turkish influence here- evil eye symbols, pashminas, hand painted plates, jewelry, really anything you could think of. We made it to Stari Most bridge, the famous Mostar bridge, and watched a Brazilian man in a bikini jump about 20 meters (65 feet) into the river. He & his 3 friends spent about 10 minutes before collecting money before 1 of them jumped- it was ...
... on the top the views of the city were spectacular, until interrupted by someone in a park below yelling and waving his arms. When someone thought they heard him shout 'Policija', we decided it was time to get other there.
Some cards, some cheap wine and Jed and I decided to visit the Cave bar, what it reads on the label ;) Swept up by another hostel group when we left the gate, we joined a procession down into the Old town.