Thursday, April 28, 2011

BOSNIA: SARAJEVO PICS

You asked for pictures-you got 'em!! There are so many I had to pick and choose but these are my favorite. Serbia pics up in the next post. Enjoy!
You know you're in Peace Corps when....

On the train to Sarajevo..Bosnia is a beautiful country!

In the mountains we ran into some snow...

Part of the Monument to Murdered Children-all these children died in the Serbian siege from '92-95.
Oh Hey Culture Center of Iran.

Beautiful Orthodox Church

Loved this statue.

Awesome chess game being played in park. I assume these men were discussing strategies.

Sarajevo is FULL of cemeteries. I mean FULL. These old stones are in a random park.

Freya and I in front of some gorgeous flowers. So glad we went in the spring!

Entering into our first mosque in Sarajevo.

This was amazing-a tunnel built during the war that gave the citizens of Sarajevo a door to the outside world. Food, supplies, and people were brought through this tunnel which was created by engineers from Bosnia. Only 25 meters are left of the 850 meter tunnel.
I'm in love with this city. See the snow capped mountains?

The path that led to the second largest Jewish cemetery in Europe. However we weren't allowed to actually walk down there because there are still LAND MINES from the war. I was content to stay where I was.

Some amazing traditional cakes our hostel hostess, Jasmina, bought for us. (Plug for Jasmina-if you are EVER in Sarajevo stay at Hostel Enjoy. She was amazing!)

Went to the Latin Bridge, location of the assassination of Franz Ferdinand and his wife, which as we know ultimately let to the start of WWI.

Picture of the assassin and event.

We went to the site of the '84 Olympics and visited the stadium. Finally found our way inside after walking around the whole thing!
Well. Isn't this interesting.
Do you see the Olympic Rings?! And yes-another Cemetery.

That first mosque-at night.

Jasmina treated us to a traditional breakfast too. The meal was made on this fire.

Amazing mix of cheese, sausage, and spinach. Washed down with drinkable yogurt. AMAZING.

Then she took us to get tea directly after. Most delicious tea I've ever tasted. Look at that morning face!

Pretty much every building has some sort of damage from the war. This is just a sample...

Ah-so beautiful!! Walking along a pedestrian street in from of the Sacred Heart Church.
The beginning of the Turkish Quarter-markets filled with everything from tea, jewelry and handmade coffee sets to scarves and ice cream.

Amen.

After hiking up a large hill, we had this view. Stayed for a looong time just enjoying the weather, the moment.

Loving Life.

Freya and I. Yes we stayed awhile.

See those mountains again?

Aron and I investigated the OTHER side of the hill. We weren't disappointed.

Walking on some fortress ruins.

I liked this graffiti.

So green.

This man was making those coffee sets I was talking about. He was so nice and so skilled.

Largest and Oldest Mosque in Bosnia-Husrev Bey's Mosque.

Call to prayer, obviously.

Traditional food-Cevapi! Mixture of Pita bread, meat, onions and a white cheese sauce.

Inside the Husrev Bey's Mosque

I think we pull off the look well.
Maybe not appropriate RIGHT after the mosque pictures but this is the local beer, Sarajevsko. No complaints!

Can you see me taking the picture? Oh Aron is there too.

Sad this is blurry, but we met an American (next to Freya) and a man from Greece in our hostel. We all enjoyed some traditional food and Alex from Greece gave me an entire itinerary for my future trip to Greece. WIN.

Essential train items. Journal, books, sunglasses, Nalgene with water, candy, and Skip-Bo.

Pulling away from Sarajevo-next stop: Belgrade!

4 comments:

  1. well done! just a little correction it is Husrev Bey's Mosque, use to be biggest and still most beautfull. King Fahd's is not so beautifull but much bigger modern mosque in new part of the city

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  2. Thank you for the correction! I put these up so late my brain wasn't even working anymore. :) I'll change it now.

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