Jerusalem of Europe. That seems to be the catch phrase for Sarajevo at the moment. Does it deserve it? Absolutely. Sarajevo has been a cross-road city for centuries. Starting from the Ottoman era till the Yugoslav wars, its been a centre for trades and cultural exchange. Its hard not to notice the amount of churches, mosques and synagogues sharing the same walls. People from different religious backgrounds living together side by side. The spark started during the Ottoman Era with the Muslims, Catholics and Jews coming from all over from Europe and the Middle East until it ended with the Nazi regime at WWII and the Yugoslav wars. After Bosnia and Herzegovina’s independence in 1992 things are going back to how they were, yet to become Jerusalem of Europe¬†again. The one thing that will catch your eye while in Sarajevo is the amount of buildings with bullet holes, completely crumbling or abandoned. Seems the scars from the war is still kept alive. Although there is a lot construction efforts taking place to remove these horrible memories. From an outsiders perspective its good to see what war can do to a city, a country and its people. The next thing you’ll […] Read More
The West is the best. This is the famous lines from The Doors song “The End”. Whether Jim Morrison referred it for the west of the USA or the western part of the world, he might have changed his mind today after he took a trip to the Balkans. So many things have changed and are still changing in the Balkans, its sometimes hard to keep up. I’ve been to Belgrade before back in Feb 1992. A very sensitive ¬†and tense time to be in the region. Yugoslavia was falling apart by one country announcing their independence to another. Not a very good time to be in Serbia. That said, I wanted to erase these bad memories and replace them with newer and much improved ones. The most memorable thing about Belgrade is people like to party. Regardless their age, rich or poor, taste in music, etc., Belgradians like to go out. And the plus side of things, its really cheap to do so. Getting into clubs can cost you 200 Serbian Dinars = 1,70 Euros! So you can imagine what your Euros can be worth in Belgrade. The most interesting and different places to go out was the docks. […] Read More