Aside from the food being sensational and cheap, this town had a lot of surprises that I did not expect. Although ignorant of much of this region’s recent history I got quite a lesson today which helped me to really appreciate this town. My hostel host, Haris, gave a super private tour with myself and a couple from Australia. He was 16 years old when the Serbs began their siege of Sarajevo.
Tunnel Of Salvation – This tunnel enabled the people of Sarajevo to keep their military supplied and enable people to leave their surrounded city. The tunnel went under the airport and the entrance was underneath a private home of a sweet older lady who doled out water to the emerging troops. The government gave her a new home after the war, and she is alive to this day. Take note of the bullet holes and the red mark on the ground indicating where a mortar round went off and killed people.
Homemade weapons the Bosnians used against the superior firepower of their oppressors.
A portion of the tunnel with tracks for various carts used to transport supplies.
One of those carts with ammunition boxes and other supplies. In the front is a stretcher.
An example of one of the many types of land mines used against the people of Sarajevo. They are people still dying, and it will take years until all of them are cleared.
A pleasant view from up on one of the hills that were used to shell the city, but this afternoon we enjoyed the scenery and drank Bosnian coffee while our guide Haris shared stories of the war. Evidently on one New Years Eve during the war, he went over to his girlfriend’s place to celebrate. They reckoned the shelling would be over early in the evening.
Sure enough, it started up at about 6 pm. The next thing they realized was an artillery explosive crashing through their window and landing on the sofa. Thankfully the cushions stopped it from exploding. They called the police who removed the unexploded bomb, and they were able to proceed with their party.
A Nice Modern Abstracted Menorah
OLD ORTHODOX CHURCH
And Finally A Mosque
All visible on the same street in the space of 200 meters. This is a city devoid of sectarian tensions. Quite a phenomenon for a region so scarred by war and ethnic cleansing.
Some of the best Burek meat pie in Sarajevo.
The beautifully rebuilt Sarajevo Town Hall.