Two and a half hour road from Mostar to Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, goes alongside of the river, vineyards, olive gardens and through mountains and a forest. It was snowing in some parts which made the view of snow beside spring blossoms interesting. Winter was back in Bosnia for a day.
Bus ticket was 20 Bosnian mark or around €10, which was a little pricy.
A friendly conversation about Bosnia with 17-year-old Amin made the ride even more pleasant. Amin was a madrasa (religious high school) student.
I had booked Haris hostel in a hurry. It was 15 minutes from the old town. It was 18 Bosnian marks for a bed and wasn’t a very clean place.
I left my backpack in hostel and went to old town which is called Baščaršija. Sarajevo city tour begins at 4:30pm everyday. Starting point is in front of Latin Bridge and the tour guide is a nice man called Ziyad. According to Ziyad he is the only one having an official tourism guide license from the former Yugoslavia. A communist and a Muslim who still misses good old days of Tito, leader of Yugoslavia.
Ziyad’s city tour was excellent mixed with his old memories of Sarajevo. He kept swearing at himself and “his country’s stupid political system”. 😂
After having dinner with a Norwegian friend whom I got to know during the city tour, I went back to Haris hostel. There was a shortcut through the cemetery but is was a little scary. 😈
Travel date: Spring 2017
Ahmad Khani Iranian backpacker and travel lover