Category Archives: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Banja Luka is Bosnia and Herzegovina’s second biggest city. It’s located in the North of the country, close to the border with Croatia. I had never thought to go to Banja Luka and it’s certainly not on the tourist radar where I am from, but I wanted to explore a different side of Bosnia and found out that Banja Luka has an airport. It may be a tiny airport, but there are about two flights a day and on Sunday, one of them goes to Berlin. So I ended my one week trip in the Republika Srpska. From Sarajevo I decided to take a train to Banja Luka. I bought my handwritten ticket in the window and walked to the train. As soon as I entered I felt like I’d entered an ash tray. It was clean enough, but the smell was quite overwhelming. Luckily it got better as we…

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It was August. It was hot. It may not have been the best time to go hiking. But I’d heard about this day hike. I’d seen photos of this day hike. I’d been looking forward to this day hike. I was going to do this day hike! So I set off with a guide and two other ladies. Even though we left Sarajevo early, by the time we arrived at the start of our hike, it was already hot. And we were all feeling it. Our guide Saud said he always tests people in the first 10 minutes. From where we parked the car it was a steep climb up to the official start of the trail… I think we all failed miserably, but let’s face it, this was the worst warming up ever. When we arrived at the top we were all already sweating and panting. We stared at…

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With only one week of holiday, I didn’t have time to explore Bosnia and Herzegovina on my normal slow pace and so I opted to do some day tours from Sarajevo. After exploring Tuzla for a day, I took an early bus to the capital. As we drove into the city, it felt like coming home. I love this city so much! I spent the rest of my day wandering its streets, sipping Bosnian coffee and taking in the atmosphere. It was almost sad that I spent the rest of my days going out of the city, but it was so great to be back in the evening to revisit my favourite restaurants. I stayed in a brilliant little hostel, way up the hill, hostel Kucha. Every morning they cooked a huge breakfast, with bread, hot food, cakes… unfortunately I left so early every day that I only saw them…

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After visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina as a tour leader a few times, the country has simply stolen my heart. Ever since setting foot in it for the first time, I’ve been wanting more. I can never get enough of Sarajevo, with it’s gorgeous old center, the many shops, the fabulous food and the friendly people. With one week off I decided to explore some more. I flew into Tuzla or a low cost carrier to start off my holiday. When I got into my taxi I was immediately reminded of why I love it there so much. At first it was quiet, but then the driver asked me a question in Bosnian. I said that my initial ‘Hello’ and ‘Center’ were about as much Bosnian as I could speak and feared I was now going to be ripped off. My driver surprised me with excellent English and gave me a…

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I know it’s been a long time without me writing much. Life sometimes goes too fast to realise what is happening. I then have to catch up on processing all the things I’ve seen and learned. The quiet season is coming up, but somehow I managed to fill up the majority of my ‘quiet time’ already. So I’m trying to catch up. And hey, old news is better than fake news right!? This summer I’ve spent a lot of time in the Balkans and I’ve seen some amazing things. I made it to the town of Mostar (in Bosnia and Herzegovina) three times this summer and twice something special happened. The first time was in June. I was sitting on a terrace close to the Stari Most, the old bridge, having drinks with some of my travellers when we heard a sound. It sounded like drums, but why would there…

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