Had a somewhat long day at work on Thursday, so simply stayed up all night and got ready for a very early taxi ride out to the airport on Friday morning. M4 was closed so took Andrea and myself a while to get out there. Checked in ok, and met Petrina before passing through security and getting breakfast from Pret.
The flights down were ok, London to Vienna, then onto Sarajevo had window seats both times and the flights were kinda quiet, so was good.
Got to Sarajevo just after 2pm local time and stepped outside to lovely warm weather and sunshine. Knew the adress of our hostel so jumped in a cab and away we went. The first thing you noticed driving through the city was the contrast between the new and the pre war buildings. Many of them were still riddled with bullet holes, although seemed to be largely ignored by the local population. Then there were the buildings that were completely shelled out altogether.
Got to the hostel and met our host Beno, a very excitable and fun person. He showed us around our room which was fantastic, just like living in an apartment! Own rooms, spa bath, flat screen tv, deck with chairs etc etc.
Had a sleep for a while before meeting Ben at 6pm to take us into town and show us around. He took us in and dropped us off just down from the main street. Pointed a few things out to us (very loudly, to the amusement of passer-bys), before leaving us to it. We walked down the main street, picked up some groceries, had dinner at a rather small place and then some more walking around. I just ordered something vegetarian and had some very good vegetables with a nice sauce and bread. Had the first of many Sarajevsko beers. Eventually caught a cab back to the hostel and crashed for the night. Taxi from central cost around 5KM (£2.50), cheaper than public transport!