On May 31st Ryan, Allie, and I went on a day excursion to Bosnia and Herzegovina which is the same country, just a weird name. We had bought the tickets previously before through an online site called Viator. The country of Bosnia and Herzegovina is about a 3 hour ride from Dubrovnik. They picked us up from our hotel along with about 10 other people and our first stop was the city of Medjugorje.
Medjugorje is an extremely important holy site to Roman Catholics. The Virgin Mary appeared to 6 local Catholics on the village hill in 1981. A church was built in the area as well as many intricate statues. The village now is quite built up and more “touristy” than expected. There were crowds of people and the streets were lined with souvenir shops. The mass ceremonies are held inside and outside the church every hour with loud speakers and at least a couple hundred benches outside
The second stop was Mostar. Within the past couple decades, Bosnia and Herzegovina experienced a major religious war which destroyed a lot of the country. When we were driving to Mostar, this was incredibly evident: bullet holes in the stone buildings, abandoned houses, and debris. The actual city was just recently restored and looks almost exactly the same as it did before. The heart of Mostar, called Old Town, was stunning. All of the roads/pathways were stone and gave off a very medieval vibe. Rivers ran through the city, giving life to fruit trees and bushes.
Connecting one side of the village to the other was a huge stone bridge. This bridge had quite the history: it was bombed during the war and recently put back up. We took a lot of really great photos here.
For lunch we ate at a local Bosnian restaurant called Sadrvan which is completely outside. The waiters and waitresses all dressed in traditional Bosnian clothing. Ryan and I ordered a meat dish that had little balls of meat and spices wrapped in onions with potatoes and sour cream; it was heavenly. For dessert, we all ordered traditional baklava which was also incredibly delicious.
Next stop was a little village with a complicated name I don’t remember. The whole village was on a steep hill with steps going up for walkways – no roads. Allie and I walked up pretty far and ended up talking to a local Bosnian for a bit. The high altitude gave us the perfect angle for some awesome shots.
When we got back to our hotel, the whole group wanted to go out drinking so we went to a place called the Cave Bar, and yes, part of the bar is actually in a cave. The rest of the bar is outside right on the water overlooking the city. One of my drinks that I ordered below is called an Octopus (Bacardi, apricot liqueur, blue curacao, and pineapple juice): by far the best cocktail I have ever had in my life.
Although I was pretty busy the whole day, I really enjoyed my time in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I am really glad I took the time before hand to organize the excursion.