Sarajevo (Bosna i Hercegovina), 18.04.2013
The first day of rest on our tour gave us back some needed time to take care of many little things and communicate with friends and family. Since yesterday we are out of “Europe” as Vodafone considers it, and had to turn off roaming to avoid a horrendous bill at the end of the month. From one moment to the other emails stop and you’re offline…
I also was also able to find out how my new GoPro camera works and can now film great road movies, so stay tuned! Thanks again to our friends at the farewell dinner who told me about this great invention. 😉
In the morning we took a walk through the city, the great weather made everything look a lot nicer (sunshine always does, right?). People were in the streets and in cafés. There were several moments where I had the feeling to be in East Berlin in 1996, with these vintage, bohéme cafés and art galleries. I spent some time writing and working in a stylish place full of young people, that could have been in any Western European city. And they had great WiFi to upload photos to Flickr. I say “stylish” and “young” as opposed to on one hand the countryside “grobianskis” as we call them, and on the other side the old people that did not make the jump into present day reality. There are many here in the city of both groups.
At lunchtime we drove up to mounts Igman and Bjelasnica, to check the stunning landscape. We also had some great views on the Jahorina and Treskavica mountains. On the way up we passed a de-mining crew cleaning up remaining mine fields on some mountain parts. The Igman pass is littered with remains of the 1984 Olympic Games and 2 wars (WWII and the last one). But nature doesn’t care about the messes we humans create and slowly regains control of everything.
Lunch came in form of a kg of tasty rostil (lamb and pork meat grilled), kupus salata (cole salad), and somun (pita-like bread). We ate too much, and drank too much, and had to go home for a siesta. This didn’t prevent us from taking a “walk” through the city, where we came across several monuments for those who died during the siege of the city (also here). Very impressive was the one dedicated to the children. Walking down Marshall Tito street, we then arrived to Bascarsija, where you can find a lot of artisan stores mixed with the tourist shops. And (how could this happen?) we ended up eating Cevapi again! With Kajmak. And as a dessert we had boza. This is where the day comes to an end, because my stomach can’t fit more food and drinks. I tried to loose kg before the trip, with limited success. I guess that after not even a week on the road the kgs are going in the wrong direction.
Trip data (Day/Total)
– Km driven: 58 /2.698
– Hrs driving: 2/-
– Diesel l/100km: 7,4/11,3