Kelsey HayneComment

Mostar

Kelsey HayneComment
Mostar

I visited Mostar, Bosnia, on the way to Dubrovink. I wasn't sure what to expect about Bosnia, so I allocated two nights to explore the beautiful town. I saw photos of the bridge, and loved how magical it seemed, so I opted to use it for my Bosnia experience. I considered Sarajevo, but didn't think I would enjoy Bosnia as much as I did. As soon as the bus crossed the border, there were mountains hugging waterfronts with patches of land squares. It seemed like a farming area, but it was a landscape that I had never seen before. 

Mostar was like walking into a massive contradiction. It was twenty years after a war, with bombed out stone shells of buildings, new buildings, and a hodge podge of mosques and unique beauty. It was a completely different world. Gorgeous landscapes, houses on the hills, and mountains in the backdrop. Mostar is like a scene from a fairytale. When I arrived to the bridge viewpoint, I kept waiting for a dragon or magical bird to fly overhead and pass under or over the bridge. I felt like I stepped into a movie or enchanted fairytale kingdom. 

It was interesting to discover that bullets still remained in many walls, that the church steeple on the hill was used for the snipers, and that despite how recent the war was, everyone acted like nothing had happened. After spending the better part of three weeks in Croatia, and dealing with the indifference and rudeness of the people, I was shocked to find how sweet and warm the Bosnians were to tourists. The old town area was canvassed with adorable tourist shops with incredible turkish influences. It was the first place I had to practice self-control with purchasing anything. The bridge was unusually slippery with the worn down stones, but they had walking blocks every foot to keep your feet stable. At the bottom of the bridge, on the main side, there is an incredible gelato place that had a Fig & Chestnut flavor. It was amazing, I highly recommend it to anyone. Because it's only 50 euro cents, I helped myself to a second serving the next day.

 I wish I spent more time soaking up the beautiful town, and gave myself more days to visit Sarajevo. But, it will give me a reason to come back and spend more time exploring this amazing country. I highly recommend anyone to visit Bosnia. You won't be disappointed! 

Additionally, I was there during the cliff diving practice, so yes, in the second photo, that is a person mid-air, about to plunge into the bitter cold water below. Br.