Mostar, Hercegovina

Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
Trip End Sep 30, 2010

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Mostar was hot. Reminiscing about lovely winter snow in Poland kind of hot. Every second shop in town is an icecream shop (the others are souvenir stalls). As it is a close stop off from the Croatian coast, the picturesque cobbled street old town with high arched bridges is a tourist magnet. Local men (in frightening speedos) dive off the bridge into the icy water below although we didn`t have the patience to wait for the 2 hour working-up-the-crowd-to-solicit-sufficient-photo-money, so we didn`t see them dive.

Just out of the old town and not listed on the glossy tourist map are numerous buildings covered in bullet holes, some derelict with window glass still lying smashed amidst the trees now growing inside the empty shells of buildings. Although the Serb-Bosnian-Croat fighting ended 15 years ago, the former front line in Mostar has been left empty and bullet scarred as a reminder.
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