Quaint Little town in Herzegovia

Trip Start May 01, 2006
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Saturday, August 5, 2006

Im in a little town called Mostar in Bosnia at the moment, it is absolutely gorgeous! Surrounded by mountains and rivers, i never would have though Bosnia could be so beautiful!!.

The town of Mostar is practically the definition of the word 'quaint.' Cobblestone roads, though dangerous to walk on add to the romance of the town. Another place of huge Turkish influence, teeming with Turkish handicrafts, Bosnian coffee, and fabulous cakes and slices. The town here was also affected by the siege, though defeated the Serbs in around a year, they suffered greatly at the hands of the Serbian Army. One major loss was the destruction of the famous Mostar Bridge. Originally built in 1956, it was destroyed in 1993, but then rebuilt and only reopened 2004.

And the people here are just amazing, they all want to help and be as friendly as they possibly can be... Last night we met the most gorgeous person i have met since being onthis trip. He is the owner/manager/chef/pr of his restaurant and the most beautiful person. Because the war/seige here was so recent, they have all experienced that heartbreak and terror and all have their own account of the event. Our little restraaunt man was lucky enough to be offered refugee status for him and his family by Canada, so went there in 1994, and lived there for 8 years. His son is still there studdying, but he was missing his home too much.. He now speaks English very well after having picked it up over there, which now in turn helps his business. We were the only ones in the restaurant, and he went completely out of his way to help us and make us comfortable. We all ordered trout, but asked if we could have vegetables instead of boiled potatoes, which he said was fine. We expected, like everywhere else you go just some average veggies, but he grilled fresh eggplant, tomatoe and zucchini with olive oil and garlic and served them with the fish. The girls and i almost wet our selves with excitement when we saw how good the meal was, especially after having trouble finding a meal which isnt predominantly meat!! He even gave us free desert, and sat with us for an hour and a half after we had eaten, just talking to us about the town, and the war and his family and Canada. Will definately be going back there for another meal.

Another wonderful sight near Mostar is a half hour bus trip to a Muslim Monestary in Blajag, built at the beginning of the 16th century. Such a quiet and majestic place, i can certainly see why they chose this spot to build the Monestary.
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