Ahh Sarajevo, quite a journey....
Thursday, Nedim and his cousin met me in town and took me up to a cafe where you could see all of the city and the mountains, it was so nice! Sarajevo is a really beautiful city, but you can definitely tell it would be pretty easy to put under a siege. That night, we went out to watch the soccer games and we met up with some friends of theirs in the old Turkish part of the city. Bosnia still has a strong Turkish-Muslim population from the Ottoman influence, so its a very interesting mixture of Ottoman/Middle-Eastern style living with most of the buildings looking like Austria. After having some drinks in the old city, we went to a club that was really fun and met up with some more friends. I never expected it but pretty much everyone under 30 speaks AMAZING english. Of course, they are all embarrassed "My english is not so good, im sorry", but its modesty.
Yesterday, I just relaxed. I slept for most of the morning, had a relaxing breakfast and walked around some parts of the city I hadnt seen. I went to the bridge where Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated and just checked out the scene. In the afternoon, Nedim and I just chilled in a big park right in the middle of the city to escape the heat, it is still just SO hot here. He is a Bosnian Muslim so he had to go home to visit his family and go to the Mosque last night, so I took the time to grab some delicious Lebanese food, watch the games and go to bed freakishly early.
Nedim has been in Turkey for the past 5 months learning Turkish because he is starting a Masters Degree in Engineering in Istanbul in September so he hasnt seen a lot of Bosnian friends in a long time. They were planning a party in his home town about an hour from here and he invited me to come, so his friend Nadir is going to pick me up today and we will drive together. It should be really interesting to see the country side and I already know three of his friends, they have all been SO nice so it should be a lot of fun. They have been the best hosts, taking me everywhere, they wont let me pay for anything, its been great.
I think tomorrow night, I will head back to Sarajevo and try to catch a train either to Zagreb or Vienna and start to make my way up to Poland for the next farm.
Have a great weekend!