July 14 - 26, 2023
Continued from Venice...
After a few days in Venice, we flew to Sarajevo (via Belgrade). We finally embarked on a backpacking adventure with our friends Josette & Eric.
Bosnia is a Balkan gem with rich history, culture, breathtaking landscapes and cold clean water sources and rivers flowing everywhere. It was 40 degrees Celsius on most days, so drinking (and bathing) in fresh cold water was very pleasant ! From the cobbled streets of Sarajevo, with its blend of Ottoman and modern influences, to hiking in the Dinaric Alps, we had a very good time in Bosnia.
We visited Tito's nuclear bunker in Konjic, which was one of my favorite city in Bosnia due to its lack of tourists, impressive mountain scenery and amazing cheap food. We went kayaking on the Bunica river and wandered through the ancient town of touristy Mostar, where the iconic Stari Most bridge stands tall. We stayed a few nights in Capljina where we visited Kravice waterfalls. And the food, oh boy, we loved the hearty Balkan dishes: burek, cevapi and more. The best part? Bosnia's people! Bosnians are so warm and friendly, they made us feel right at home.
The Bosnian War (1992-1995) devastated Bosnia and Herzegovina, fueled by ethnic tensions among Bosniaks, Serbs, and Croats. Ethnic cleansing, atrocities, and siege of cities caused immense suffering, leaving scars still felt today. We visited the tunnels built under the airport during the Sarajevo siege (1992-1994) and saw war torn building everywhere we traveled. To see pictures of damaged buildings by the war, CLICK HERE.