Today always promised to be an interesting day, and it lived up to expectations!
Met Ben early in the morning, who then took andrea, Petrina Romana (catching a ride to Mostar with us) and myself down to pick up the rental car we had organised for the day.
As much as I had told the others I didnt want to drive, I had prepared myself for the fact I most likely would be. When Petrina told us in the morning she didnt have her license on her, that helped confirm it. Got to the rental place and then after sitting in the drivers seat and listening to the instructions, Andrea then told me she couldnt drive Manuals, so guess it was me for the whole trip afterall.
Admittedly felt nervous at first, having not driven for 1.5 years, and not a manual or on the right for about 2 years! But after a rough start I felt very confident soon enough. Driving over there was definitely an experience. The fastest speed limit was 80kph and some of the scenery and roads were spectacular to the say the least, got a bit hard to keep my eyes on the road in some places, fantastically fun roads to drive on as well.
After a few photo stops, got down to Mostar just after 1pm. The main highlight in Mostar is the dramatic archway bridge that spans the winding river below. It was completely destroyed during the way, but then rebuilt. It was also a very nice little town, not to disimilar from Bath in England.
Parked up, then headed into the very small town centre to see the bridge. A lovely place but a tad over run by tourists, just detracted from the place a little bit. The four of us got a nice enough lunch, but the heat was sweltering, the car temp said 35. Took some more photos and then decided to head down to the waterfalls so we could make it back to Mostar for the sunset.
Eventually made it down to the Kravice Waterfalls after a quick directions request stop. They were pretty impressive, but so so many people there. Stayed there for around 45mins before heading back towards Mostar. Stopped by a beautiful little town is the oldest in Bosnia. Amazing stone fort right at the top, which unfortunately we did not have time to walk right up to. Took some nice photos and then continued on.
Reached Mostar right on time, about 7pm, as the sun was beginning to come back down. Petrina and Andrea headed to a bar, Romana and myself went and set up cameras to take some pretty impressive photos. Had a few drinks and just walked around the cobbled streets of Mostar for the evening. Was much nicer there once the tourists had gone, and the locals came out.
Eventually met up with the other two and had a late dinner together before the drive back to Sarajevo
The drive back was an experience to say the least! During the day everyone stuck to the speed limits and common sense driving more or less, at night time this all went flying out the window. Cars were flying past at double the (very slow) speed limit, and passing in some very hairy places, even right on blind corners and stupidly short straights. How there are not more crashes ill never know. It reminded me of something from a video game, like Need for Speed.
At first I stuck to the speed limits (well as much as you can when its 60kph on a straight road anyway), but my impatience got the better of me and I joined in on the fun. You would have huge stretches of cars banking up behind lorries and then as soon as a passing area came up, it was just a free for all and felt like a race. Possibly the most exciting part of the day?