Sarajevo har definitivt varit en av mina favoritstäder på denna resan. Många gånger har jag läst turistinformation som beskriver sin stad som just den där platsen där väst möter öst. Utav de städer jag hittills besökt i mitt liv så är Sarajevo enligt mig den stad som kommer närmast sanningen. Länge var Sarajevo den enda staden i Europa som det fanns en katolsk kyrka, ortodox kyrka, en moské och en synagoga i samma kvarter.
I Sarajevo finns fortfarande tydliga spår kvar ifrån de jugoslaviska krigen under 90-talet och den nästan 4 år långa belägringen av staden. Fallfärdiga byggnader, bombsplitter i marken och skotthål i byggnader minner om de hemska brott mot mänskligheten som begicks för inte alls så länge sedan. Jag uppmanar er åter igen att läsa på om de jugoslaviska krigen. Det är ganska tankekrävande om man ska hänga med i de olika vändningarna i kriget och förstå vad som skedde då det är ganska komplicerat. Men intressant läsning väntar om ett krig som få av oss 90-talsbarn lärt något om i skolan, trots att vi fick många nya klasskamrater ifrån Balkan på grund av dessa krig.
Sarajevo is definitely one of my favourite cities out of all the ones that I’ve visited on this trip. Many times I’ve read the tourist information about a city, saying that “this is the city that connects the west with the east”. Out of all the cities I’ve visited claiming to be that, Sarajevo is the one that comes closest to the truth, according to me. For a long time, Sarajevo was the only city in Europe in which you could find a catholic church, an orthodox church, a mosque and a synagogue – all in the same district.
In Sarajevo you can clearly see the marks left from the Yugoslav wars in 1990s and the 4 year long siege of the city. Buildings that has fallen into ruins have still not been renovated, around the city you will find holes in the ground left by mortar blasts and bullet holes in the walls. All of this reminds us about the terrible crimes against humanity that was committed here not too long ago. I encourage you all, once more, to read up about the Yugoslav wars. You would have to make an effort though, since it’s a complex subject and you´d have to stay focused to fully understand what happened. An hour or so, of interesting reading awaits you, about some wars that few of us growing up in the 90’s were taught anything about, although, over the years, we got many new classmates from these countries due to these wars.
The sibilj – a kiosk-shaped public wooden and stone fountain.
Meat stuffed onions.
A fat street dog.
I couldn’t remember the name of this café. So just googled “Cool café, Sarajevo” and I found the name of it. The place is called Zlatna Ribica. The place seems t be very popular among tourists and is tp rated on tripadvisor. Therefore you can expect the price range to be slightly higher than the average. Bare in mind though that Sarajevo is a very cheap destination in comparison to pretty much any other city in Europe, so it’s still not expensive.
This café is super kitschy and cozy! You would probably have to spend a week to be able to inspect al the random, peculiar items in this place. Make sure you don’t leave without donating some money to the goldfish for good luck.
The eastern part of the city
The western part of the city
A newly built mosque.
The tunnel of life – The tunnel inside of this museum was the only exit from the sieged city during 1992-1996. The tunnel connected the airport to the city and from here, food and weapon were brought in to the citizens.
There are a lot of graveyards in this city.
The taxi driver taking me to the tunnel was doing his best to describe his experiences from the war, as we were approaching the tunnel. I didn’t quite understand all the things that he tried to express, due to his lack of English skills. But he was pointing at the mountains trying to tell me that all the teritory was occupied by the Serbs. If i understood him correctly he, himself tried to flee. He showed me the result of that attempt, an enormous scar on his leg. “Problem, big problem” he said, and then he laughed. I agreed on that – “Yes, very big problem” I replied.
Detta är platsen där kronsprins Franz Ferdinand och hans hustru mördades utav Gavrilo Princip under deras besök i Sarajevo. Händelsen som sägs vara startskottet för första världskriget.
Comida barata! – Cheap food, one of the best things about Sarajevo…
My wise brother gave me the advice to go up the mountain to visit the bobsleigh track that was built for the 1984 Winter Olympics. It´s a 2 hour long walk or so in steep terrain. You might be able to take the taxi up there, but I had time so I decided to walk my way up there.
This place had a very special feeling to it which is hard to describe…
During the siege of the city the track was used as an artillery position by the Serbs.
On my way down from the mountain I met this young fellow who asked if I wanted a ride down to the city centre. He was a heart-warming, funny young man.
Meat fingers! Supposedly a very famous dich from Bosnia and Herzegovina.