doviđenja, Sarajevo!

doviđenja is Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian/Macedonian/Montenegren/Kosovan (why are there six languages that are all exactly the same?!) for bye!

I leave Sarajevo in less than a week! that means I’ve been in Europe for two months already. sheesh. this summer hasn’t been as incredible as it had the potential for (due to a less than exciting internship and again, total complications with my student loan which I stillll haven’t received!), but overall, I definitely have valued my time here and appreciate Sarajevo.

for being 24, I’d say I’ve traveled a fair amount. I won’t list every country I’ve been to (unless you’re actually curious!), but I definitely have the travel bug. Living in Bosnia has been a totally different experience than my previous travels, due to the post-war atmosphere. if I was simply a tourist here, I don’t think I would have noticed it as much (well, there is war damage on 90% of the buildings and mortar holes littering the sidewalks) but I am referring to the vibe, the mood, the atmosphere, the stories. all of my coworkers are Bosnian and its about a 50/50 split of who stayed in Sarajevo during the war, and who fled. I wont make another post about the war, but the stories are horrendous. one of the main streets of Sarajevo was called Sniper Alley for a reason. 15 years later, things are better in Sarajevo, at least.

this is right out my living room window. not the best angle (I didn’t take it) but you can see a bullet hole going all the way through. and there is a huge mortar hole right above the window as well. safe? yikes.
out my window

my neighborhood was completely invaded during the war by the Serbs, and thus is totally wrecked. plus, no tourists ever come out here so there is no real motivation to renovate or rebuild.

the next few days I am finishing up at my internship, buying last minute souvenirs, celebrating with a nice dinner with my roomie, and packing!

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One thought on “doviđenja, Sarajevo!

  1. GB

    the interesting things about bullet holes is you can see them. They stand as a silent testament to what happened. What most of us can’t see is how the war changed the lives of the people – I’ll be interested in your observations on the changes that happened that we can’t see.

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