Bosnia Herzegovina


Don't forget: reminding tourists not to forget about the civil war, Mostar
Bosnia has been familiar to me since I was little. I remember back in my country people were really concerned about the civil war that was happening then in Bosnia especially since most of the citizens are Muslim. It is even mentioned in Qunut during Traweh prayer in Ramadhan as much as I can remember. 

Top Left Clockwise: 1 Pretty tribal rucksacks 2 Getting lost in the old town of Mostar 3 Koski Mehmed-Pasova mosque, viewed from Stari Most
I was glad that during my whole time in Bosnia, I got the warmest treatment from locals. In Mostar, I was recommended by Fuad, Ismail & Kamil (French muslims that I met earlier in Kotor) to meet big guy Mehmet who owns Elite Guesthouse. He spontaneously hugged me the moment I mentioned the french guys' names knowing that I'm muslim myself. Also I met the friendliest Miran who was bragging to everybody about his instant stardom after Yana Samsudin (Malaysian celebrity) uploaded their picture together on facebook.

From Left: Tarik, Mirza, Emin & Azer who helped me finding my hostel and gave me a little tour around
 
From top, left to right: 1 Emin, Azer's brother; the oldest among them 2 Mosque near Jusovina, Mostar 3 An old building with bullet holes 4 Greenish blue water of Neretva river 5 Antique steel door 6 On the train to Sarajevo from Mostar 7 Overlooking of Stari Most from Koski Mehmed-Pasova mosque
Top clockwise: 1 Bosnian cottages 2 Souvenirs shops alongside Mostar' old town street 3 Cafe selling 'Sladoled' (ice cream) 4 Vintage pins & stamps of Yugoslavia
My visit to Bosnia was rather short because I had to catch up my schedules for I've promised my friend to meet in Ljubljana on a specified date. I wish I've stayed longer in the beautiful country but I don't like breaking promises and with that I learned traveling is much more enjoyable if it's flexible.

Left to right from top: 1 Alone in my room, Sarajevo 2 Sarajevo neighborhood 3 Old house with magnificent wood carving 4 A lady in a fruit market 5 Baščaršija mosque 6 Sarajevo's old bazaar, the historical center 7 Baščaršija plaza and Sebilj wood fountain
A handsome tourist guide (stone shirts) giving an interesting city tour
Top left to right: 1 Drinkable water from Sebilj 2 A rude kid near the fountain 3 Beautiful lantern & carpets 4 Old Bazaar
Left to right: 1 Well shaped building 2 Stunning old door 3 Shops at the old bazaar
In Sarajevo, I was lucky to stay at Nihad's. Nihad was so kind and very helpful though he seems busy himself. He picked me at the train station at night and also helped me finding bus schedules to Bihac from Sarajevo. I was told that a lot of his friends were studying in Malaysia during the war period. He also mentioned about a Malaysian millionaire who donated the country on flood disaster.

More Yugoslavian pins and more, Sarajevo



Top left to right: 1 A guy serving coffee 2 'Nostalgija' vintage shop 3,4 Mosques are easily spotted in Bosnia 5 Old bazaar  on midday 6 Tram in Sarajevo 7 Water pipe at Gazi Husrev-beg mosque
Coincidently, I chanced on two Hungarian girls who I encountered earlier in Mostar. They suggested to join a free city tour around Sarajevo but I wasn't interested because I prefer to enjoy the surrounding of the Old Bazaar (Baščaršija), rambling around & trying some food as a 'lone ranger' lost in a foreign city.

Top left to right: 1,2 Fountain/ablution place near Gazi Husrev-beg mosque 3 A tomb inside the mosque quarter 4 The main entrance of the mosque 5 Beautiful 'khat' on the wall 6 Another part of the city with Yugoslavian influenced buildings
Before leaving Sarajevo to Bihac, I had a chitchat with a nice, pretty Bosnian girl at a cafe near the bus terminal. She was telling me about her name, Dzenana, which was originated from Turkish name and given to her by her mom. She was also telling me a lot of things about Bosnian-Islamic culture in Sarajevo and Bosnia in general. Her mother is a practicing muslim as she went to Umrah but wasn't sure about his dad. And according to her, she herself is agnostic.


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