After arriving in Kotor in Montenegro, I was looking at the map and noticed that Sarajevo was right accross the border and it was only a 6 hour bus trip away.. so I though what the hell! So I jumped on a bus and was on my way! :) Along the way I met a really nice english couple. The bus went through some breath taking scenery (Dormitou National Park) the road was actually carved through and around a rocky cliff! It reminded me of Milford Sound in NZ but 3 times as high!
Sarajevo has really effected me as a person than any other country or city.. Last night I had dinner in the city by myself, but along the way I started chatting to this muslim girl about Sarajevo and what to see. She mentioned that she was going to pray is it was ramadan, she showed me her mosque and said that for the month she had to give up food before certain times and alcohol. I was gob smacked! She spoke perfect english too, I was soo suprised! While I was having dinner, there was loud wail on the loud speakers accross the city! Which I soon found out it was time for the muslims to pray... I went and watched them pray outside there mosque (Kissing and the ground and sitting on their knees etc) it was defintely an experience I will remember.
Yesterday I woke in the common room of the hostel. I booked the hostel for september and not august. (Why do I keep forgetting what month it is? haha). Then got changed and headed off into the city to have a look around. On the way I met a girl from Melbourne, who lived rihgt near avalon airport and she showed me around the city, as she had already been here for 4 days.
The hostel was located in the old town and you could still see the damage the war had on the city. There are bullett holes in buildings, some buildings were still rubble from being hit by bombs. It was really moving.
The walk through this city was like nothing I have ever experienced before. It is very multicultural and the amount of Mosques is just unvvelievable (93) WOW!. After checking out a few of the memorials to those who died, we went to the bridge where Franz Ferdinand was shot, which was where WW1 started!!
Melanie the aussie girl, 2 irish guys and I then went on a tour of the tunnell which was just outside of town. As I soon learnt, this 800m tunnell to outside of Sabrejevo, was the bosnians only life line for 4 years. It allowed them to survive the invading croation army who tried to take over the city. It was very touching. I got to walk through a small portion of the tunnell which was still remaining. The house where the tunnell began had been anhilated my gun fire, there was an exploded bomb still implanted in the concrete, the concrete had actually been blown apart!!
We took the bus back into the city after the tour. On the way we passed so many buildings which were just rubble from the war. One particular building had been half fixed and you could see hundreds of patches all over the building! I went shopping for a while and bought some souvenirs.
Last night I went out for dinner with a group of people from the hostel, has some bosnian pie.. and a can of coke.. It was only 2 euro! Cheapest meal of my entire holiday!
Today I am heading off to Mostar in Bosnia.