Why are we all striving for big cities like Paris and London when there is a hidden gem hidden among Bosnian hills, having more soul than any other? This trip was really spontaneous but it made a huge impact on me. A good one. Here are the reasons why:
WARMTH AND HOSPITALITY
I swear I have never felt more safe and welcomed like here before. Where else do hotel owners give you their telephone number when you go out partying just in case if anything happens? Where else do people who you just met for the first time at the restaurant at the lunch time come pick you up when you are visiting other places, so you don’t have to pay for a taxi? Just here, I guess. That is probably one of the biggest reasons why I want to come back again and again.
I’ve always been sceptic about visiting Balkan countries because of their recent history. Well, not anymore. The scenery and landscape that Bosnia offers is just over the moon beautiful. Untouched landscape, filled with leftovers of the recent history is stunning. Stari most and Blagaj are a must visit when in Balkan!
IT’S CHEAP – LIKE REALLY CHEAP!
Wanna live like a king or a queen for a day? Visit Bosnia and Hercegovina! I mean it, we were eating at the best restaurants and haven’t spent more than 10 euros per person ( including – 2 portions of Mostar’s speciality dishes, salad, 4 beers and 2 traditional turkish coffees). We were driving with a taxi like the whole time – the price was 0,40 euros per kilometer. And alert for all tattoo fans: getting 2 tattoos costed us 40 euros – could it be even more cheaper?
For all foodie lovers this is the destination for you! This country has a huge range of their traditional dishes ranging from meat and salads to all kind of sweets. My favourite are dolma (similar to filled peppers), cevapi and traditional coffee served in copper cups.
STEP BACK IN TIME
Here the time slows down. This country has something that is hard to find – it offers tourists and travellers a time warped experience where you will forget the fast paced life in big European cities. People drive at a slower pace, vegetables and herbs grow in neighbourhood gardens, the air feels cleaner, everyone knows everyone, and it’s impossible not to immediately begin to appreciate the simpler things in life.