A place where i will go again SARAJEVO
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Back at work (though I am still dreaming of Sarajevo, wish I was still there!). I have longed for quite sometime now to see that part of the world, and I cannot believe that I was finally there. I feel as though I have stepped back in time (in a good way). It is a gorgeous country, Bosnia and Herzegovina, underrated, a virgin landscape to explore, unspoiled nature, it’s wild, it’s raw, there is beauty everywhere. It’s uncomfortable, it’s uneasy and gets under your skin, it’s misunderstood, it’s tinged with such a mix of sadness, tradition, anger, depth, and positivity. The clash of cultures and religions are impressive. Hard to explain but it has gotten a hold of my heart. The country has had a turbulent past and so is it safe to travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina? Yes, the war has been over for more than 20 years. But that being said, evidence of war is still very easy to see, with derelict buildings and bullet holes in walls.
I have so much love for the country and the people and in all of me travels, I can honestly say that I have finally found me favourite place in the world, Sarajevo. I cannot wait to go back. I need to go back, I have to go back as I feel me time there never really ended. What I loved the most (besides being invited everyday for a Bosnian coffee with complete strangers who spoke only Bosnian and I in English and we would just sit there and spend hours just talking!) was the meeting of the four major religions. A Catholic church, an Orthodox church, a Synagogue and so many mosques all very close to one another and how they all coexist peacefully. It could only happen in Sarajevo and it warms your heart to know that such a place exist. It really is the ‘Little Jerusalem of Europe.’ And what a truly remarkable experience to hear the church bell ringing at the same time the call to prayer is being sung (it was one of me favourite moments and one of the most beautiful sounds I have ever heard).
There is something about travel that pretty much makes any landscape remarkable, regardless where in the world you find yourself.
I left Sarajevo with me soul dancing, and until now me soul is still dancing. I’m smiling and I can’t stop smiling.