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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Travel date: Spring 2017
Ahmad Khani Iranian backpacker and travel lover