Travnik and Karaula, starting to forget about time
Trip Start Apr 19, 2008
6Trip End May 03, 2008
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I looked up some motel at bh tourism and found 'Motel ABA' was the cheapest. 17,50 euro a night including breakfast. The rooms are very private and include satellite TV. :)
Travnik is a small city located about 1 1/2 hour from Sarajevo. (up north) The big attraction is the old Ottoman castle up on the hills, but Travnik is also known for it's cheese and 'blue water'. My main purpose was not the castle or other attractions. It was locals time again. Today (25th) i visited two good friends in Karaula. (a small village about 25mins from Travnik) I met Selma and Azra last year when i was doing charity work for a school. Selma (16) was studying there and Azra (24) was living next to the school and is studying at the university of Mostar
I went to Karaula by bus where i first met up with the kids and the teachers from the school. As soon as i showed my face i was -BOMBARDED- (but this time in a good way) by children who were curious who i was and what i was doing here. Very funny, but in the end my head started to hurt because of the many questions. (most young children/teenagers in Bosnia can talk English because it is learned in primary school)
I met up with Selma and Azra, was invited inside her house, got some more Bosnian music, had a nice tea inside a Bosnian cafe, had a nice talk and then Azra and i went to Travnik for a small tour. We saw Stari Grad (old town) and some of the city center. Once again the Bosnian people proofed hospitality is one of their key points. Azra did not disappoint.
Btw. I am starting to get used to Bosnia. During my stay in Travnik i noticed i had to ask myself several times what time and day we are in. It is not important. Relaxing is what counts.... I will be in big problems when i get back in Hollandija :)
Just like Sarajevo people are begging on the streets
I said good bye to the very sweet and friendly Azra (of course you are great too Selma!) around 6 and went to 'The internet Club' near the Travnik bus station. It is an internet cafe and bar in one.
Just five minutes ago a band from San Francisco started playing (and again we swapped mailaddress... more friends... ahhhhh Bosnia!)
I asked how they ended up here. Just like me they wanted to see more of the great Bosnia.
The place is packed with Bosnians, so it is time for some local Bosna party!!!
26th of April:
Ouch, the Bosna party cought me a little too much
I was getting ready to go to Mostar, but first i wanted to look around in Travnik a bit more. I went to the old town again (close to the Ottoman castle) to see some more of the austro-hungarian buildings, or at least what's left of them. Many are damaged. Azra told me that before the war everything looked great and nice. "Nowadays many buildings are damaged and dirt is everywhere. There is not enough money to repair and many people just don't care." I also went to famous blue water from the river 'Lasva'. They say you can drink it without getting sick. They changed the place into a small touristic area. If you look on the map, it is located east of the city close to 'Stari grad' (old town)
I finished my trip in Travnik with a Bosnian dinner at 'Konzum'. It is a big supermarket (where you can get anything from clothes to dinner) in the center. Dinners are sold upstairs for just 2,5 - 3 euro's. I had some nice lasagna with Azra the day before and now 'Cufte u Crvenom sosu', which according to the waiter was traditional and means meatballs with sauce.
I quickly bought a souvenir and nearly got ripped off again. Watch your step when you are in Bosnia people. As Azra told me: "please, when you are at the restoran with me, don't say ANYTHING. They will charge you two times as much". If i have to name one negative point about Bosnia, it is this... They charged me 11 euro (22 KM) for the souvenir. I think not. I got it down to 7 euro. (14 marks)
I say bye to Travnik, Karaula, Azra and Selma ( i am going to miss you girls! Hvala!) and head to Mostar.....