Friday, July 2, 2010

All Over the World Part Deux

What's good! So I just returned from spending six weeks in Sarajevo, Bosnia, only this past Wednesday night. You'll notice that it is approximately seven in the morning. This is one in the afternoon in Bosnian time; I am still adjusting. I feel so accomplished waking up early that I hope I stay this way!

Anyways, I will have an enormous update in the future (if I can muster the energy even to attempt summarizing my stay in Sarajevo) on this blog's better half and you will be able to hear more about what that was like. Spoiler alert: best summer ever.

However, I just remembered my journey in World Heritage site chronicling, and also remembered that I have another one now, thanks to beautiful Hercegovina! So let's add a new location to the list:

Bosnia and Hercegovina

1. Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar

Stari Most! (Also known as "Old Bridge." Very creatively named.) The water really is that blue, it's absolutely beautiful. We got to raft the Neretva closer to the city of Konjic a few weeks later and it was freezing but the most beautiful scenery I've ever seen. Take note, travelers: Bosnia is really where it's at!

The bridge itself isn't even the only beautiful architecture around; the whole town is just lovely. This mosque is across from the bridge down the river a little bit. Oh my gosh, I miss those mountains. What a beautiful country.

The saddest thing is that this isn't the original bridge -- it was destroyed in the war. But they rebuilt it and so we can look at this gorgeous example of the beautiful Ottoman architecture in Bosnia and Hercegovina and... pretend? Haha, no, it's a great place. I will annoy you to death about visiting Bosnia because it rules, so be prepared.

Anyways, so although the heart of my trip was not sightseeing, I really enjoyed visiting Mostar. But between Mostar and Sarajevo, there is no contest: Sarajevo has my heart. I can't wait to tell you more about it, from how out of control it is to how out of control it is. Have a good one!