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Bosnia: Sarajevo, Day 2

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo’s Old Town needs only one day to visit and I must have left Sarajevo today. I wasn’t happy with Haris hostel, it was noisy and cold and was far from city center. This meant I should have definitely left for my next destination today but instead I moved to another hostel called Seven Heaven and decided to stay in Sarajevo for a second night. I fell in love with Sarajevo, I feel at home here.

Winter was back in Sarajevo

Winter was back in Sarajevo

Amin, I met him yesterday in the bus from Mostar to Sarajevo

Amin, I met him yesterday in the bus from Mostar to Sarajevo

Gazi Husrev-bey Mosque

Gazi Husrev-bey Mosque

Playing chess

Playing chess

I spent the morning walking around Sarajevo and visiting Gazi Husrev-bey Mosque. Afterwards I went to a famous restaurant to have Cevapi, the well-known dish of Bosnia and Herzegovina. All the tables were taken. I asked someone if he could share his table with me and he said sure and immediately asked me where I was from. As soon as I said Iran he smiled.

General Vahed had been a ranking officer in Bosnia and Herzegovina military during Bosnia war. He was very grateful for Iran’s help during war. After the war, around 20 years ago, he had traveled to Iran.

He did not let me pay for my lunch and was kind enough to treat me.

Cevapi dish

Cevapi dish

General Vahed

General Vahed

In the afternoon I visited Srebrenica Massacre Memorial Museum. It was very sad and put me in a depressing mood for the rest of the day.

1984 Olympics Memorial in Sarajevo

1984 Olympics Memorial in Sarajevo

My Italian friend that I met in my hostel. He travelled with his motorcycle and was due to arrive Iran in 2 months.

My Italian friend that I met in my hostel. He travelled with his motorcycle and was due to arrive Iran in 2 months.

Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina

I met Stephen in hostel. He worked in Seven Heaven hostel. He was born in Serbia but had moved to Bosnia with his family when he was a child. His father was a Serb but during the war had fought with Muslims. War here has been very complicated and it is not easy to separate different sides.

Stephen

Stephen

Gold Fish Cafe in Sarajevo

Gold Fish Cafe in Sarajevo

Gold Fish Cafe in Sarajevo

Gold Fish Cafe in Sarajevo

Sarajevo is called European Jerusalem, because of its multiculturalism

Sarajevo is called European Jerusalem, because of its multiculturalism

Coffee, Bosnian style

Coffee, Bosnian style

Sacred Heart Cathedral, Sarajevo

Sacred Heart Cathedral, Sarajevo

Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidential Palace, the only presidential palace in the world with 3 presidents at the same time

Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidential Palace, the only presidential palace in the world with 3 presidents at the same time

After visiting Srebrenica Massacre Memorial Museum, I joined another city tour about war. Our tour guide, Nina, remembered the war and told us about the war mixed with her own stories of war. Overall it was a very good tour. She also showed us a few of Sarajevo Roses. The places that a bomb landed in Sarajevo and has had casualties are filled with something red. Many of them looked like roses and later were known as Sarajevo Roses. There are between 50 to 100 of them around Sarajevo.

One of Sarajevo Roses

One of Sarajevo Roses

An interesting bridge and a church which was turned into a library during Yugoslavia regime

An interesting bridge and a church which was turned into a library during Yugoslavia regime

Remainders of war, Sarajevo

Remainders of war, Sarajevo

Sarajevo Memorial for Children Killed During War

Sarajevo Memorial for Children Killed During War

Monument for children killed during the siege of Sarajevo

Monument for children killed during the siege of Sarajevo

Our Sarajevo War Tour guide telling us the story of a Serb boy and a Bosnian Girl that were shot on a bridge by snipers and their bodies remained there for 8 days. Later, they were known as Romeo and Juliet of Sarajevo

Our Sarajevo War Tour guide telling us the story of a Serb boy and a Bosnian Girl that were shot on a bridge by snipers and their bodies remained there for 8 days. Later, they were known as Romeo and Juliet of Sarajevo

Travel date: Spring 2017

احمد خانی

Ahmad Khani Iranian backpacker and travel lover

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