May 28, 2012 GMT
A city of differences

It was wonderful not to have to get up for another long day in the saddle. I therefore stayed in bed a little longer than usual. I had gotten myself a single room so vegging out was quite comfortable.

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Looking out over Sarajevo from the Yellow Bastion...

I walked up to the Yellow Bastion, an old fortress that gave fantastic views across the city. I walked through the Kovaci Martyrs Cemetery, a muslim burial ground used in the 1992-95 war. The size of it was awful, but even worse, the names and ages. I was 20 years old when this happened. Unlike the atrocities certain Germans carried out, blame cannot easily be placed neatly at any one groups feet.

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The Kovaci Martyrs Cemetery... one of far too many.

Perhaps truth and reconciliation may come over time, but personally, I think there is trouble ahead. I get the feeling people just want to forget, but cling still to sterotypical hatreds. You hear it in peoples conversations. All I know is there is a lot of innocence blood in those graves. It must not be allowed to happen again.

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The Latin Bridge, where Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of the Austro Hungarian Empire was shot, sparking the First World War.

Rant over, I took my Bosnic coffee in Pidgeon Square and did a bit of Bazzar hunting for some gifts. I love the stray dogs here.They treat the city centre like it is their living room. Lying down in the middle of the street, always a happy look on their faces. If I was going to be a stray dog, It would be a Sarajevo stray. They certainly didn't look thin. I bet they at the slower fatter pidgeons!

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Strays sleep(canine) whilst other strays take coffee...

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Very fat stray dog eyes up his next meal...

In the afternoon I walked through the city centre to the museum that cronicles events of 92-95. Some of the images were pretty shocking, I don,t think they will ever leave me.

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Homemade guns used to defend the city...

There are lots of beggars here. On the street pleading for money in a low mumble. Now don't get me wrong I take my social responsibilties very seriously, but these are the most imaculately dressed, positively plump beggars I have ever seen. They qualify the occasional smack head you see begging outside the shopping centre at Hanley, as in need for a UN airdrop.

You can see how predujeces grow out here, but to be sure, they were all, infinately, better dressed than me. I know that is not hard!

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The infamous Holiday Inn in Sarajevo. Home to embattled journalists of the 92-95 war

The final thing I want to say about this city, despite the ramblings of my over precious mind, is that everyone here treats you like a king. You are made to feel most welcome, everyone wants to talk and have fun. The people are wondeful, more than anything, that is what I will remember about Sarajevo.

A group of 5 Swiss overlanders turned up at the hostel on their bikes. They had cheated and had taken a train most of the way!

So off to bed early after getting my ducks in a line ready for tommorrow. Betty has been idle for long enough!

Posted by David Bailey at May 28, 2012 10:29 PM GMT
 


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