Bosnia

Bosnia & Croatia, July 2017: Bosnia Video Moments

Bosnia is one of the most unique places we have visited so far in our travels. We pushed ourselves to go here to learn more about the history and see a culture that is so different from our own. Stepping foot in the different mosques throughout our stay and listening to our tour guide in Sarajevo gave us a better understanding of life. It is easy to sink into the everyday norms and assume that everyone else's lives are similar—to forget the struggles as they seem so far away, almost unreal. Hearing the stories of the Bosnian people—what they have been through—is eye-opening, especially since it was so current. Places like Bosnia are important to travel to. By visiting, you can see a country that was—not to long ago—torn apart by war, come back together. While it is still not perfect (as we have written about in our other posts from our time there), it is an inspiring example of regaining strength.

Bosnia & Croatia, July 2017: Bosnia Video Moments

Bosnia & Croatia, July 2017: Mostar & Environs, Bosnia

After three nights in Sarajevo, we picked up a rental car and hit the road! Our final destination was Mostar, but we had a few stops to make on the way. First was Vrelo Bosne, a nature reserve just 20 minutes outside of Sarajevo at the source of the River Bosna, which gives the country Bosnia its name. A series of paths and bridges guide you through the park; the peacefulness was a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the city. It wasn’t long after getting back in the car that we were on the scenic road toward Mostar (the M17). It’s hard to describe the drive; it was one of the best we’ve ever done, driving below craggy peaks, winding through lush valleys, passing charming villages, all the while tracing the impossibly blue-green Neretva River. There’s a scenic train ride that follows a similar path, but driving allowed us to stop and take in the views. We stopped for lunch at Vidikovac in Konjic which offered views of the river and the town’s Old Stone Bridge.

Bosnia & Croatia, July 2017: Mostar & Environs, Bosnia

Bosnia & Croatia, July 2017: Sarajevo, Bosnia

In preparation for our first trip to Croatia in 2015 we did some reading about the fall of Yugoslavia, and our interest in the causes of its breakup and the ensuing wars has only grown since then. Bosnia saw the worst of the conflict, from a years-long siege of its capital and the destruction of Mostar's beautiful Old Bridge to the Serb-Croat collusion to partition Bosnia for themselves and genocide at Srebrenica. The Western Balkans are not perfect today, and divisions in Bosnia linger, but what we find beautiful is that a country that in our lifetime was consumed by a brutal war has emerged full of life. We knew we needed to see it for ourselves, so along with our third visit to Croatia in as many years, we knew our first ever two-week trip had to include Bosnia.

Bosnia & Croatia, July 2017: Sarajevo, Bosnia