Gap Yah

Trip Start May 21, 2010
Trip End Sep 06, 2010

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Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina  ,
Thursday, July 1, 2010

Number of miles:

Number of U-turns: 0 (so far so good!)

Number of weird men encounters: 0.5 (see below)

On entering Serbia, a terrible thing happened: Tom and I ran
out of Gin. Disaster had struck.  When we got to Belgrade, we thought we would
be, like, totally cultural and sample the local alcohol (rakja).  We had this totally cultural walk of death along a main road with no pavement
to a service station and bought a 6 bottle of the stuff and proceeded to spent
the night drinking with two Aussies in the campsite.  We were camped on the bank of the Danube just
outside the city centre and were just, totally inspired by the awesome power of
nature and then I just.... yeah you know the story.

We met Ant at Belgrade airport and was also treated to a
surprise cheese sandwich situation.  Ant
and Tom have now been treated to hearing me complain about cheese and I've been
treated to a weight loss program longed for by stars in LA.  I guess now I can take up that job as a model
I was never offered...

On the plus side, Belgrade was brilliant – the city is so
alive and the people are great.  We spent
an afternoon wondering round the Kalemegdan citadel (which has been fought over
115 times).  We also went to the Nikola
Tesla museum, which gave a history of the man who invented AC current, the
induction motor, remote control, made the first X-ray picture and did most of
the work for inventing Radio (not Marconi). 
Pretty busy man...

From Belgrade, we drove to Sarajevo.  We entered the city this morning via Sniper
alley and past the holiday inn where all the journalists stayed during the
war.  The city itself is an incredible
mix of Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman architecture, with churches and mosques
side by side.  Walking round, it was
incredible to think that 15 years ago it wouldn’t have been possible to do this
– were it not for the bullet holes in the walls and the shell marks in the
pavements, I wouldn’t have believed there was ever a war here.

Tom’s leaving us tomorrow and Ant and I are driving down to
Mostar then on to Croatia.  I had a dream
that I would meet future husband in Croatia so I’ve got high hopes for the
coming week!
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