Europe | Bosnia & Herzegovina | Sarajevo – Balkan Tours #2 – Sarajevo (again)
Sarajevo is a challenging city for visitors on a more practical level too. No bankomats would take my card. Only one bank in the city would cash my travellers cheques.(Hint: bring DM, most places take ’em) No one in the bus station speaks any English. There are no hostels and the hotels are very expensive because of all the international observers and non profit organisations. But this only adds to the challenge.
The rebuilt/medieval inner city is very beautiful. The people are friendly. The weather was fantastic. The SFOR patrols didn’t bother me. The food was good: I recommend burak. The coffee was great. It’s an eh, educational mix of east and west.
It’s also very busy. International money is helping rebuild houses, public transport, educational establishments and tourist facilities. But the most impressive, and already finished, new and renovated buildings are the places of worship. As we walked through the city the first day, Besim pointed out a Mosque, Roman Catholic Cathedral, Synagogue and Orthodox Church, all side by side. He said he was proud that they could all live together in peace. As he said this three SFOR soldiers passed by. Later I asked Besim what would happen if they left. He shrugged his shoulders.