Bosnia & Herzegovina - Mostar

Trip Start May 30, 2013
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Trip End Dec 10, 2014


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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

In order to catch a train from Sarajevo to Mostar at 6.50 we had to wake up at 5.30. In the train we met with a girl from Bulgaria who we actually met the day before in the travel agency. She started speaking Spanish and mentioned she wanted to go to Mostar the next day. We told her we were gonna take a train at 6.50., she liked our idea and decided to join us. However, the next day in the morning we met her completely by accident, she just found us....destiny :) It was a really nice girl, a little bit older than us, studying human rights. We had a very interesting conversation about what happened in Sarajevo between 1992 and 1995. She spoke perfect Spanish (besides 6 other languages) and knew a lot so we had fun talking to her.

The only thing that sort of destroyed our plans was that the train arrived at 10.00 instead of at 9.00 so finally we had only 2 hours for sightseeing in Mostar. It was because after arrival we bought our tickets to Dubrovnik and the bus was supposed to leave at 12.30.

We almost forgot to mention that at the train station in Mostar we met another girl from Germany who we knew from Belgrade so in the end it was four us walking around Mostar. We left our huge bags in a luggage custody at the bus station (BAM 2 for one bag) and went for at least short sightseeing.

There are actually two important mosques in Mostar that may be also accessed by tourists, including their minarets (entrance fee - BAM 8): Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque and Karadjoz-Bey Mosque. Unfortunately we refused to enter because we thought we wouldn't have enough money for food. Finally we regretted it because it turned out we could do both - to enter one of the mosques as well as to buy enough food for the rest of the day. Thus, we left our last marks to a poor lady begging in front of the supermarket which we generally do in each country.

What was also surprising in Mostar was the number of gipsies that was following us after our arrival, especially little kids, barefoot, wearing very shaggy clothes or young mums having their little babies covered by dirty scarfs. It was awful and even I felt bad for these poor kids, however, neither of us considers this to be a fair way of getting money so we absolutely rejected to give them anything. Sad but true :(

Basically we came to Mostar to see only one monument – The Old Bridge (Stari Most). We've heard it was really impressive and it WAS! Just when we started approaching the bridge the town completely changed - everything well renovated, giving to the buildings more historical look, further there were the cobblestones everywhere (that day it was raining again which was fatal for Gonzalo who just cannot walk on the shiny floor that becomes very slippery after rain).

The Old Bridge was originally built by the Turks in 1566, it was destroyed in 1993, but rebuilt in 2004. The bridge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

First of all, we took a few pics of the bridge and then we tried to cross the bridge which was almost impossible due to so many people that were trying to do the same. However, most of them were just chilling on the bridge without any significant progress so we took like 20 minutes to get to the other side and back. Plus, Gonzalo was holding me all the time since he was scared of falling down. When we were in the middle of the bridge two guys appeared up on the rail. We've read that local guys usually jump off the bridge to the water which must be super deep with respect to the fact that the bridge is 21 meters high. Of course, they jump only if you pay. Somebody passed them a few euros but they said they were gonna jump only for EUR 200. Well, according to some guides we've checked they normally jump for EUR 25, however, that time nobody was willing to pay so much. For this amount of money they let you take a photo up on the rail, pretending like you wanna jump.

Later on we just had a quick coffee with the German girl because we lost the girl from Bulgaria. At 11.45 we said goodbye to each other and went to catch our bus.

When we reached the bus station we met the girl from Bulgaria who just wanted to say bye to us. We exchanged our contacts and separated. Maybe we'll meet her again, this time in Sofia where she comes from.

Our bus was late and it arrived at 13.00. It cost us BAM 32 per person and BAM 2 for luggage. It took us only 2 hours to get to Dubrovnik.
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