10 Bug Bites Later…

Three busses, 2 trains, 3 cities, and many mosquito bites later, we are now in Timișoara, Romania! Which means, I have lots of catching up to do. We had a very poor internet connection in our last airbnb apartment in Belgrade, so this was as far as I got with posting:

Attempting to load pictures onto the laptop while listening to some Game of Thrones with Connor on our little balcony :D

Attempting to load pictures onto the laptop while listening to some Game of Thrones with Connor on our little balcony 😀

Anyway, let’s back it up to where we last left off – Split, Croatia. So, like I had said, we took a pretty rough bus into Mostar (Bosnia & Herzegovina) and spent a couple days there. It was small (2 nights was plenty to see all that we wanted to see) but very interesting. There was the standard “old town” area (filled with cobblestone streets, shops selling all kinds of handicrafts, little restaurants/bars, etc.) which was quaint and enjoyable to walk around and buy a couple souvenirs.

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Can’t miss the golden Bruce Lee statue in the middle of the park!

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The real highlight of our visit to Mostar, though, was walking through the aftermath of the Bosnian war. There are just SO MANY bombed out buildings and ruins – it’s really quite an experience!

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By far the most interesting “attraction” in Mostar is the “glass bank.” It’s what’s left of an old bank that was constructed with huge glass windows that was completely bombed out during the war.

It's completely covered in graffiti

It’s completely covered in graffiti

And many of the floors are covered in broken glass...

And many of the floors are covered in broken glass…

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Looking out from inside the bank.

Looking out from inside the bank.

Not exactly a heart-warming shot, but I found this needle tucked neatly away in a little crevice in one of the building's pillars. Clearly, locals have their own uses for the abandoned buildiing...

Not exactly a heart-warming picture, but I found this needle tucked neatly away in a little crevice in one of the building’s pillars. Clearly, locals have their own uses for the abandoned building… Needless to say, there’s a very raw feeling to it all…

Old bank records...

Old bank records…

IMG_1508After our 2 nights in Mostar, we caught an early train into Sarajevo where we also spent 2 nights.

Connor in the living room of our Sarajevo apt. It was quite nice - very open and bright.

Connor in the living room of our Sarajevo apt. It was quite nice – very open and bright.

Visiting one of the cemeteries in Sarajevo - nearly every grave's deceased date was within 1992-1995 due to the Bosnian war...

Visiting one of the cemeteries in Sarajevo – nearly every grave’s deceased date was within 1992-1995 due to the Bosnian war…

View from a lookout

View from a lookout

Bosnian coffee in Old Town

Bosnian coffee in Old Town

Behind me is the bridge where Franz Ferdinand was assassinated (and hence began WWI)

Behind me is the bridge where Franz Ferdinand was assassinated (and hence began WWI)

After our Sarajevo stint, we caught another bus and slowly made our way to Belgrade (Serbia). We had a few nights in Belgrade, and we really enjoyed our stay there. We stayed in a nice small, apartment in the city center and did a ton of walking while taking in all the sights….

Connor on our balcony

Connor on our balcony

Touring around the Belgrade fort...

Touring around the Belgrade fort…

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Connor by the medieval sporting grounds

Connor by the medieval sporting grounds

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Man practicing his medieval sporting skills (axe throwing) outside the Belgrade fort

Man practicing his medieval sporting skills (axe throwing) outside the Belgrade fort

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2 girls can use the bathroom at once! Cuts down on lines a bit, I guess...

2 girls can use the bathroom at once! Cuts down on lines a bit, I guess…

Creepy underground passage to get to our supermarket.

Creepy underground passage to get to our supermarket.

We ate plenty

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The Danube!

The Danube!

We even took in some culture and went to the Serbian ballet performance of Peter Pan :D ($2/ticket!)

We even took in some culture and went to the Serbian ballet performance of Peter Pan 😀 ($2/ticket!)

Connor got in touch with his electrical engineering roots during our visit to the Tesla Museum

Connor got in touch with his electrical engineering roots during our visit to the Tesla Museum

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Killing a little time while waiting for our bus from Sarajevo to Vrsac...

Killing a little time while waiting for our bus from Sarajevo to Vrsac…

From Vrsac, we took a train into Timișoara, and we are here for 2 nights. Basically for the next week or so we begin our trek into Dracula country, and I’m so excited 😀 😀

 

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One Response to 10 Bug Bites Later…

  1. Nancy says:

    Good to hear from you! The pictures in Bosnia are very powerful ..especially the bank ones. It’s just an amazing trip. Thanks for sharing with all of us! Love Nancy

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