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Bosnia & Herzegovina

One Day In Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

I’ve had a picture of the Old Bridge on the storage unit above the desk in my office for as long as I can remember - well at least since 2013. That year, one of the places I visited was Turkey and for that leg of the trip, I flew with Turkish Air which as a result I...

A Spectacular 2 Days In Sarajevo

Something here is very different. I’m not sure if its the bullet holes I saw in the buildings on the way from the airport to the city center but I feel unsettled. Suddenly, those bullet holes come to life, new ones being made, smoke emanating from them and mothers...

I’ve had this picture of Stari Most on my desk ever since forever.
Stari Most is this really old bridge in the town/city of Mostar. Mostar is located in this Country called Bosnia & Herzegovina which unfortunately I only heard about from a former colleague of mine who barely escaped with her life and her children. Not too long ago it was the backdrop of the ex-Yugoslavian war.

History

  • It was conquered by the Romans in the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C.
  • Neighbouring Serbia and Montenegro fought against the Ottoman Empire in 1876 with the help of the Russians. 
  • In 1878, Austria-Hungary occupied and governed Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • In 1991, Bosnia and Herzegovina declared independence from Yugoslavia. Unlike the other former Yugoslav states, which were generally composed of a dominant ethnic group, Bosnia was an ethnic tangle of Muslims (44%), Serbs (31%), and Croats (17%), 

Capital

Sarajevo is the capital and the largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

A Spectacular 2 Days In Sarajevo

Currency

BAM (Bosnia-Herzegovina Convertible Mark) 

Food

With about 400 years of Ottoman rule traditional Bosnian food shares similarities with Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine which means organic meat, usually lamb or beef slow-cooked in their juices with a seasoning of spices. Outstanding!

I’ve been told by my sources, (my Serbian friends) that Bosnians make the best hamburgers, which known here and in former Yugoslavia as Pljeskavica…and yes its damn good.

You should also try: Cevapi (small, oblong-shaped kebabs from lamb and beef served in somun called Bosnian pita bread with raw onions), Burek (flaky pastry with a meat, cheese, or spinach filling), Kleppe (Bosnian minced meat dumplings) & Baklava (a dessert treat made from sheets of filo pastry).

I already know you’ll be thanking me so… You’re Welcome!

Electricity

The power plugs and sockets are of type F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Public Transit

By Plane
Sarajevo Airport is not too far from the city centre. The bus stop is close to City Hall.

By Train
Unfortunately, train service is slow and the frequency is low. Be sure to buy your ticket before boarding the train or else you might end up buying multiple tickets – for part of your trip. Ther is daily service from Sarajevo to Zagreb, Sarajevo to Ploce and daily service from Budapest to Sarajevo. 

By Car
Gas stations are few and far between so fill at the outskirts of towns and cities rather than in them. Mechanics who speak English are hard to find so so take a quick on how to change a flat tire.

Border crossings are also stressful so please make sure you have all your papers and licence ready. If you’re renting a car or using your own car from outside of the country you should be ok with your regular driving license.

However, if you rent a car in Bosnia & Herzegovina, you will need an International Driving Permit to go alongside your regular license document and passport. As I mentioned before crossing borders can be stressful so please make sure you have the vehicle registration and rental papers, the insurance documents, your international drivers permit, drivers licence and your passport. Sheesh!

By Bus
Most international buses arrive at Sarajevo except the ones from Belgrade, Serbian. These buses start and stop at Lukavica bus station in Istočno (Eastern Sarajevo) as this is the ethnic Serbian suburb of Sarajevo. (Yeah tricky, I know)

By Boat
There are ferries from Neum to other cities on the Adriatic and the ones that go into Croatia and other countries. To get around locally, you can also hop onto one of the privately run boats that ply mainly along the inland rivers and lakes.

Stopover or Layover Destination

Zagreb, Croatia and Vienna, Austria are great destinations to head to after stopping in Sarajevo

Safety

Like most European cities crime against tourists is not high but beware of pickpockets in cities and on public transport, and in areas known as popular tourists spots. Unexploded landmines remain a real danger, particularly in isolated areas in the mountains and countryside. Terrorist attacks are unfortunately a reality in Europe these days.

Thanks for stopping by and hanging out with me!

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