37. Sarajevo...recovered from war

posted Sep 10, 2012, 6:31 AM by Carlie Huberman
I just spent 4 days in Sarajevo, Bosnia.  I know this isn't exactly the normal path of someone wondering through Europe and thats why I wanted to go to Bosnia.  And let me tell you how happy I am that I went.  The Baltic wars tore apart most of Bosnia only about 15 years ago but if you just met the people that live there you would never know.  It is a very open, friendly and vibrant place.  Everyone is really happy to let other live the way they want no matter what religion they are and its been like that for hundreds of years.  The Baltic War was in actuality about the power with in the government and because of that thousands and thousands of normal every day people were killed for this power struggle.  The War had nothing to do with the people themselves fighting other people, it was governments that were murdering the people.  In Sarajevo alone over 11,000 people were killed and over 1500 children were killed.  You can see it in the cemeteries all over the city. huge fields and hills covered in white marble stones that are all from the dates between 1992 - 1995.  I went on a wonderful tour run by the owner of the Hotel, Haris (who is only 25!) and he took us to see many of the different sites.  We went to see the Tunnel where people traveled to the Bosnian Free Territory through 90 meters of underground tunnel to get food and we got to walk through whats left of the tunnel.  He took us to the old Olympic bobsled path that was used in the 1984 winter Olympics and then used as shelter for the Serbian forces during the war.  We went to Sniper Ally and the Olympic Stadium.  We saw the Holiday in where the UN protected the journalists and we saw the place where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in WW!.  It was really a great tour.  Later that night he took us to a Bosnia Vs. Romania national basketball game!  It was a lot of fun and Bosnia won 93-58.  I almost felt bad for the Romanian team it was like watching an elementary school game of keep away.  One of the guys was so tall he didn't have to jump to dunk, and other guy was just amazing...he was black and when I asked if he was American I was told he was lol.  Figures!  I loved walking around the old city and eating their wonderful cultural food.  On the last night there was a BBQ at the hostel which was really great and relaxing.  The hostel was one of those super cozy tiny hostels which i loved. Just like in Budapest and the next one I am heading to in Mostar is also just like that.  I can't wait!!!