Bosnia is an unusual but fascinating country to visit and explore, one that is beginning to get back on track after a horrible genocide tore the country apart. It is still in the air when you visit Sarajevo, you can feel the emotion as soon as you land.
Bosnia is a country of just under four million people who are made up of muslims and christians, The main ethnicity groups are Bosniak, Serbs and Croats. A real mix of people which makes for an excellent atmosphere. The capital city is Sarajevo, other main cities and well known location are Zenica, Mostar, Cazin and Nuem (the only beach in the whole of Bosnia).
Sarajevo has on a whole recovered from the war, shops and buildings rebuilt and fully functioning, apart from the odd abandoned buildings which still litters the city which can be really eerie and the bullet holes that still riddle some buildings from loose sniper shots are striking when you first see them. You also come across Sarajevo roses (mortar scars from where somebody was killed and filled in with red concrete as an indicator where somebody lost their lives during the siege of Sarajevo). What hits you the most is the sheer number of graves littered around the cities in random places and the memorials that you always see somebody weeping at.
But when you go out into the countryside that’s when the realisation of what happened in Bosnia really hits home. On the way home on the coach, we driven through the countryside and all you could see where either graves or rebuilding of villages taking place. Whilst I was in the coach on the way home I was listing to “the lost” by The XX, whilst driving through the villages it really hits home how many families have been lost and the rebuilding of family homes, this and the song I was in tears, the atmosphere was surreal especially when you had to cross the check point into the Serbian part of the country, you still see tensions there today, a lot of pain still there.
The people in Bosnia are friendly and know how to have a good time, I think after being through so much they know whats important in life. They smile when you smile back which creates for a happy feeling when you walk down the streets of Sarajevo. You can have fun in Sarajevo and people do not care, spend an afternoon at the Sisha Bar or strong coffee with a friend. People should come and see what Bosnia has to offer rather than the scar of it’s bloody past to set its future.