Snowed in. Not as much fun as previously thought.

Trip Start Dec 22, 2011
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Trip End Jul 04, 2012


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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The plan: 2 nights Sarajevo, 2 nights Mostar, return to Sarajevo and fly out the next morning having seen lots of really cool stuff.

The reality: 5 nights in Sarajevo, saw very little.

So over the preceding days before our arrival, Sarajevo received more snow than they had in 100 years. We arrived (don't know how our train got through) and then it snowed some more. Over a metre and a half blanketed a city which is used to snow but had no way of dealing with this.

The city was entirely shut down. Most restaurants, hotels, tour operators, transport, roads, the works. What this meant for us, unfortunately, that Mostar was no longer an option. We had hoped to see some sights of the Civil War on a Seige tour, but that was cancelled day after day. While we did spend an hour at the Tunel museum, commemorating the lifeline tunnel that the city relied on during the siege, we didn't really see much at all.

It's extraordinary to be in a place where the scars are so recent, so unhealed. We stayed in a great guesthouse for the first few nights (before they too had to close) and the hosts were very open about their experiences. One feels that another war may be on its way.

Sam has become quite absorbed in the history of the conflict, and has been taken aback by the bloody history of the region. Hopefully peace can find them.

On a side note, to continue on with our story of woe and misfortune, Angelina's new film about the war opened in Sarajevo the evening after we left. That we missed her is Sam's biggest regret for Sarajevo. It's not really mine.
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