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Jun 28, 2009 - Two Trains and a Boy, Gazing

Sarajevo. City of Dreams and Nightmares. The hills rise on all sides, steep, green, dotted with improbably perched houses. Minarets rise high into the sky surrounded by rusting factories and glass-walled malls. The narrow, twisting streets of the Turkish quarter, Baščaršija (bash-char-SHEE-ya) give way to the wider, EU-paved streets of Novi Sarajevo, the little shops and hidden pansions replaced by big hotels and wide motorways. The city defies easy sectioning, however, whether one wishes to think of it in ethnic, religious, demographic or...

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Mick Outside the Box

Apr 23, 2009 - Dubrovnik to Sarajevo

Up early and we got a lift to the bus station. Bought our tickets to Sarajevo and departed on time at 8:00am. Bosnia has a small section of coastline in the middle of Croatia, it is only 20 km long. We had to pass through this section and show our passports at both crossings. The strange bit was we had a stop at a cafe in the middle of the zone and paid for our coffee with croation money. Later we made the real crossing into Bosnia & Hercigovna. Interestingly when the guard came on board the bus and we said we were Australian he was...

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Apr 8, 2009 - Stand your Ground, Old Town

4/8/09 Stand Your Ground Old Town After sadly leaving our friends in Mostar, we headed up to Sarajevo. In the early 1990s, the Serbs surrounded Sarajevo and kept them under seize for FOUR long years, the longest seize in history. Our host picked us up at the train station and drove us towards the old town, down “Sniper Alley” where they had to drive “really fast” during the war to avoid sniper fire. The town survived by its tunnel, 800 meters long and originating at the airport. The UN guilt the tunnel to get needed supplies to the...

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Oct 27, 2008 - The Bosnian Surprise

I honestly did not know what to expect when I arrived in Bosnia-Herzogovinia. I knew there was no longer a war but not much more than that. I had not planned to visit this region but curiousity got the better of me. I didn't have a travel guidebook for BHi but decided to go anyway. (If you are on Facebook and would like to see my pictures from Bosnia-Herzogovinia go to http://www.facebook.com/photos.php?id=733469411 If you are on Facebook and want to add me as a friend my email address is sara.mirabito@googlemail.com I find it's easier to...

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Oct 26, 2008 - Blissful in Bosnia

(To see these photos up close, run your mouse over the bottom left corner of the slide show and click on Bosnia. This will take...

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Oct 16, 2008 - The bus ride to Sarajevo

The bus ride from Zagreb to Sarajevo took me through the hilly countryside of Croatia and Bosnia-Herzogovina. It reminded me of upstate New York in the autumn. The trees were gold and red set against evergreens. But there were differences. The bus wound its way through small villages and larger cities. But several houses stood like old skeletons. What were once cement and brick homes are now crumbling relics. They were burned out during the war. They stood along side homes that were either new construction or fixed from the war. Other...

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Oct 6, 2008 - Bosnia by the Numbers

Bosnia By the Numbers Country Number: 13 Number of Days: 4 Average Daily Cost: $112.41 Average Cost of Accommodation: $35.75 For $35.75/night You’ll Get: A private double in a hostel or pension. Detached toilet and bath. No breakfast. Average Cost of Food and Drink: $37.50 Favourite Food: Turkish coffee, potato burek Favourite Beer: Straight from the Sarajevo Brewery Something to Think About: Bosnians, regardless of age, refer to the Balkan war as “The Last War”. We found this particularly strange since it implies that the First, Second and...

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Oct 5, 2008 - Sarajevo Rose

Few cities have played as significant a role in such major international events as Sarajevo. Few cities have had as violent and turbulent a history. And even fewer cities would have recovered with such grace and style. From Olympic city to frontline battleground in less than ten years, Sarajevo has experienced both heaven and hell. We didn’t know what to expect, but we knew it was going to be interesting. The bus ride from Dubrovnik was around 5 hours long. We normally try to avoid arriving into cities late at night – especially when we...

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Aug 22, 2008 - Sarajevo

Today was the day for the long bus trip! :o/ We were however greeted with good news in the morning at breakfast - it wasn't going to be 12 hours as previously planned - only 9! Woohoo! :o/ As it was managed to get tram to bus station with no trouble and sat in cafe while Sanja read our Croatian star signs. Then got on the non-air conditioned bus for the long ride! Luckily for us was some amazing scenery and a never ending supply of food being passed round. Unfortunately driver was an arse and drove like one too! When got to hotel it...

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Aug 21, 2008 - Mostar and Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hercegovina

Tim-- On our way to Sarajevo, Ravi and I stopped for a few hours in Mostar. My memory of this region filters through images of Serbian shelling, and my primary knowledge of Mostar is that artillery fire destroyed the iconic Mostar Bridge. I was eager to see how Bosnians have resurrected Mostar in the decade or so after the war. Riding into Mostar, I saw bullet holse and evidence of artillery fire on nearly every building. The population of Mostar has slowly recovered, but the facades of what used to be beautiful architecture are still...

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May 28, 2008 - Sarajevo (Bosnia & Hercegovina) - Scenic railway journeys

I have no idea whats happened here but this page is out of order! I know I did it right the other day but maybe when it crashed last night it stuffed something up. Anyway not to worry. You just have to read this after the Mostar pages!! I arrived in Sarajevo a little worse for wear. At the station the lady was waiting for me, which was a great help. But her place was about 2k away and we had to walk, which was not a great help. Once there her flat was on the 5th floor, another not so great help!! So had to climb up stairs as well!! I was...

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Nov 9, 2007 - Sarajevo

Note to self - must buy a waterproof cover for my pack. Stunning rail journey up through the middle of Bosnia and Herzegovina, rolling hills, horses and carts and traditional haystacks. From Zenica the train climbs up towards Sarajevo through more mountainous terrain, unfortunately it got dark so I missed most of those views. As we arrived in Sarajevo it started to rain. I was just beginning to wonder if it was safe to mention that I'd gone nearly 3 weeks without rain - no! There were no ATMs in the station so the option to get a tram into...

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