On our last full day in Sarajevo we took our bus out to the airport area where the inhabitants of Sarajevo constructed a tunnel under the runway to smuggle materials and people in and out of the city during the siege in the war of the 90s. Sarajevo is in Bosnia-Herzegovina; during the siege of over 3 years Serbs surrounded the city. Sarajevo sits in a valley surrounded by mountains; it was the home of the Winter Olympics in 1984. In the 90s there was one mountain that the B-H folks controlled; the Serbs surrounded the rest. The UN forces (British and French) were supposed to keep the airport open; evidently if the B-H folks made it through the snipers to the airport the UN troops returned them to their starting point. In a matter of a few months the B-H folks constructed a tunnel under the runway. This escape valve allowed them to get needed supplies in and out as well as gave some the opportunity to escape.
Roger and I visited an old home which has been turned into a museum; it showed how a Muslim weathly family lived in Sarajevo a century ago. We had some free time in the afternoon to roam around the city some more, then we had a guest speaker. Alexandra is from Sarajevo, but she had left the country to study during the war. She has worked in theater and movies as an artist who creates special effects. Her perspective on B-H's is quite positive. After her talk we boarded the bus and headed to a Tito era apartment building in the city. Our group of 16 travelers split into 3 small groups to have home hosted dinners with residents of the city. Our hostess has lived all her life in Sarajevo; she did not talk so much about the war but rather described the current economic situation for her family. She, her husband, in laws, and 3 children share an apartment. She says it takes all their income to make ends meet, that they do not have extra money to save. She has an adorable 17 month old daughter. Her cousin also dropped in for dinner. Diana has a job at a hotel as a receptionist; she is single, still lives with her parents, but has money to be able to travel.
The next morning we left Sarajevo and headed north, crossing into another part of Croatia. We stopped to see a lovely cathedral in Dakovo, then made our way to a small village in Croatia.