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A Trip to Bosnia-Herzegovina-Mostar

Updated on December 3, 2018
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Bosnia-Herzegovina was an interesting experience

I visited Mostar, a city in Bosnia- Herzegovina, since the war, it's been in ruins and the people live poorly but are very happy people. I learned of how the Bosnian people live their happy lives, and make do with what they have for their daily requirements.

A beautiful city with a pebble street leading to the way to the old popular bridge.There are many stalls to show off their different kinds of souvenirs. I bought some Turkish delight and it was very sweet.

The long wait at the borders made me feel tired, and when I had reached my destination it had become much hotter. My long walk in the scorching heat made me even more tired, nevertheless, I enjoyed observing the changes around the region. I have noticed the surrounding streets and buildings are still ruins since the wartime, and realize why the many Bosnian people come to Croatia for better living standards.

The close borders and short distances makes it easy for the Bosnian people to come to Dubrovnik, the main town, one of the best attractions for tourism in Croatia. The millions of people who come to Croatia year after year have made it a much richer place. It has always been rich in history and has been beautifully re-built after the war, Mo-star is the largest city in the region of Herzegovina, and attracts many tourists. The old bridge from the sixteenth century is also a greater tourist attraction.

If you choose to spend a night in Mos-tar you would be awaken by the light, instead of the noise. A wonderful memory of the lights in Mo-star.

The old bridge was destroyed and had fallen down into the Neretva River, after a decade the bridge had been restored to perfection. The bridge is the heart of Mo-star, and the city is now coming back to life. During the period of fifteen hundred and twenty to fifteen hundred and sixty six, the city of Mo-star was finally secured. The old bridge was re-built with a selection of stone.

Mostly, a Muslim community in this region and a few of Croatians, also a community of Serbians. There is not much known of Mos ta- from the medieval times, the name of the city Mo-star is from the keepers of the bridge, they gave the name Mostari, meaning the old bridge.

The Turks arrived in Bosnia-Herzegovina years ago and introduced their markets in the city. Occupants first started their lives in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the eighteen hundreds and by nineteen hundred and eight was attached to the Empire of Austro-Hungarian. During that time of which the country grew and developed.

The deep valley image of the Neretva River has a green color from the surrounding trees, it is most attractive with the many Turkish houses above the banks.

The occupants in this region are of many and is a Mediterranean way of life. The features of such architecture is unique and most impressive. A place to visit and experience the different atmosphere of surroundings and people.

During the war time in nineteen ninety two till nineteen ninety five, for those three years the region was destroyed by the war, and the restoration of the bridge and town started in nineteen ninety eight.

The ruins of this country is still visible but can be changed in time.

The Serbians, Croatian and Bosnian were at one time all part of the old ''Yugoslavia'' and now they have all separated.

I am living in Croatia for over a decade and each day I am learning more about the surrounding countries, so close but still so far away in the heart of each ethnic group.

The Bosnian-Croats, and Serbians have occupied the country along with the Turks, it is hard for many people to see such sadness in such a place. Scenarios are beautiful but with lots of sadness.

Mo-star is most peaceful at night. I haven't been to Mo-star at night but have heard from many tourists with street lights all lit up, it looks a perfect picture. In nineteen ninety three, Bosnia was under siege people had suffered major situations with no food, water and electricity.

A time when the graves just increased, and had made many lives hard in every way, in losing families and all they ever had possessed. After observing the surroundings I didn't feel the need to stay much longer and wanted to get away.

We had lunch at a local restaurant their specialty are small sausages called cevapcici, pronounced as ''chevapchichy,'' pleasant tasting sausages with pita bread. A kind of pastry made to fill in the sausages and with some sauce added known as Ajvar with salad, was a good meal.

However, we had a fairly good time, and learned more about another ruined country from the recent war in Europe, especially in the Balkan region. A population of at least four hundred and thirty thousand people situated on the Balkan Peninsula and has over the years increased tourism.

The largest city is Sarajevo as the capital, and people are friendly.

During the year of nineteen hundred and forty one, at that time of which old Yugoslavia and some of Bosnia Herzegovina was made as a Nazi Croatia in control and that happen when the Germany made their harsh way into Yugoslavia.

After world War the second, the country, Bosnia-Herzegovina moved away and became their very own state, and was governed by Marshall Tito, making these countries grow with communism. Over two decades ago independence was announced to these countries, and are now growing towards a better future.

Though are still developing countries there is hope for the small countries in making their places into the European Union in the near future. New developing countries have lots to cope with and are still trying to make their fair standard of living with the many problems. The rate of unemployment, education, health insurances, medical treatments all have room for improvement.

A place of interest to many tourists the history of war and the lifestyles are so laid back. The Bosnian people live happy lives with their basic needs. The many ethnic groups make have their own lifestyles. I have interest in visiting some of the countries close by, and would like to learn more about the different cultures. I would like to visit Serbia when its possible.

The war countries such as these have been rebuilt, and tourism is growing rapidly, but Croatia thus far has shown a huge progress in many issues. For me going to Mostar was a different experience, I had no idea of what to expect at my first visit and it was such a hectic day waiting for a while at the borders.

I was glad to have gone and know more than before. It was a great learning experience indeed. I would have enjoyed the trip much more with proper planning but due to the circumstances going on the trip I did not feel very excited. .

It was a long day of driving and the extra long wait at the borders got me tired. An eight hour trip and to have to return home on the same day was not a great idea.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      aesta1 A different part of the world and so worth a visit. Thank you for stopping by. Your comments are most welcome.

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      Mary Norton 

      2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Will definitely do Bosnia and Herzegovina. I just wish it could be sooner.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting comment and thanks for sharing your valuable thoughts I so appreciate you stopping by.

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      5 years ago from USA

      So interesting! My husband's grandmother was Serbian. She lived in Chicago and spoke the language, as did a small number of other ethnics. I'd love to go to "the old country" with him in her honor, just as we traveled to Ireland and Scotland where my people came from. I enjoyed learning about the country in this hub.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      thumbi7 thank s for the votes and shared so glad you stopped by

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      JR Krishna 

      5 years ago from India

      I feel happy to visit another part of the world sitting in the comforts of my home.

      Thanks for this tour. The place looks very fascinating

      Voted up and shared

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thanks Au fait for the votes up and interesting, with so many challenges in my life and still trying to accept my new life it is definitely a learning lesson for me.

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      Another wonderful hub! I love learning about the places you have visited and lived, and where you live now. A good history lesson too. Voted up and interesting.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      AliciaC thanks for a stopping by a part of the world which is not much often spoken of

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an interesting description of a part of the world that I know very little about. The photos are very interesting, too! It's sad to read about how a country has suffered in a war, but it's also good to see how they are recovering.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thanks for the vote up and commenting

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Interesting read and pictures. I'm glad you enjoyed your trip, Devika. Voted up.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      5 years ago from Nepal

      Feels good to read first hand account of the visit to Bosnia.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Mhatter99 Thanks have a lovely weekend

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Pamela99 thanks very much for commenting have good weekend

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for the fascinating tour.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I enjoyed the trip to a part of the world I may never get to see. I loved all your pictures as well. Very interesting.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      billybuc, thank you for stopping by

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Faith Reaper thanks for votes and sharing, an interesting place with many war riuins

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is always interesting to see another part of the world and to learn about it from someone who knows it well. Thank you for the tour.

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you for taking us along with you on your trip. Very interesting indeed!

      Voted up and interesting


      Blessings, Faith Reaper


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