Daily Wanderlust: Sarajevo by night

Written by on April 1, 2012 in Destinations - 4 Comments

I spent about a week in Sarajevo, the City of Roses. During my time in the city, I fell in love with it. I chased Angelina Jolie for a story, I took numerous walking tours and learned about the dark past and vibrant present of the city, and I explored the juxtaposition of the battle scars from the war in the 90s to today’s positive and upbeat lifestyle.

While I was there, it was Ramadan, and each night a single firework would explode to mark the end of the observance for the day.

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Diana Edelman is a travel writer and expat currently residing in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She is a former career breaker and long term solo traveler. Today, she helps promote responsible elephant tourism and is the co-founder of #RTTC, a weekly chat on Twitter focusing on responsible tourism. When she isn’t writing, Diana handles the PR and social media for Save Elephant Foundation, which runs the popular Elephant Nature Park. Her writing as appeared in About.com, Thought Catalog, The Huffington Post, Matador Network, Travel + Escape, Luna Luna, Vegas Seven, World Nomads, Viator, CheapOair, OneTravel and more.

4 Comments on " Daily Wanderlust: Sarajevo by night "

  1. Brainy Pint Sizer April 1, 2012 at 8:52 pm · Reply

    Found out about your blog post via @AbbyTegnelia (Twitter)…it brought back memories! I, too, have been to Bosnia (my dear friend and “niece” live there) and I visited…I think it’s now about 6 years ago. It was a whirlwind 10 days in Bosnia (with a side trip to Croatia). I loved Sarajevo, but I will admit, it was very sad to see bullet-riddled buildings from the war and the grave sites. Sad even to know that the city was once so beautiful as an Olympic venue. I did turn some heads…lots of heads, but I found most people to be warm and friendly. I’m longing to return — but not looking forward to the long flight (I flew from New York to Germany to Austria to Bosnia). P.S. Did you go whitewater rafting? If you didn’t, in a word: Terrific. And in a secondary word: Terrifying.

    • Diana April 2, 2012 at 4:49 pm · Reply

      Welcome! I felt the same way about Sarajevo — the contrast between love and pain, life and death. And, I love how passionate the people are for their city. I cannot wait to go back. I plan on revisiting in a year or so. I didn’t go whitewater rafting. And now, with that secondary word, yikes! Don’t know if I would!!

  2. Steffi April 1, 2012 at 9:31 pm · Reply

    Sarajevo seems an exciting place to visit! How far does English go there?

    • Diana April 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm · Reply

      I was OK not being able to speak the language. The younger people are all fluent in English. Sarajevo is definitely one of my favorite cities I have visited.

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