Daily Wanderlust: History in Sarajevo

Written by on August 28, 2012 in Destinations - No comments

Despite its tragic past, today Sarajevo stands out as one of the most magnificent and beautiful places I have ever visited. The people. The land. The history. They all stand as a testament to even the worst horrors that could befall a place, a population, can bounce back and overcome.

I spent a week in this gorgeous city, learning about its history of being surrounded in the mountains which had turned deadly, its present and its future. I spoke with locals about their take on Angelina Jolie’s movie “In the Land of Blood and Honey”; I wandered through the streets of Sarajevo, eyes wide at the roses scattered about to remind people of the city’s past; and I immersed myself with as much history as possible. Including a visit to the Tunnel Museum.

This spot was used during the war to take supplies from the city under siege to the safe zone, on the other side of the airport. There were always risks involved, like electrocution from flood tunnels, shots from snipers in the hills and other attacks, and yet, people did what they could to survive.

Today, this spot is peaceful with life flourishing.

The grounds of the tunnel where supplies where funneled in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hercegovina

About the Author

Diana Edelman is a travel writer and expat currently residing in Spain. Previously, she lived in Chiang Mai, Thailand where she worked for Save Elephant Foundation and Elephant Nature Park, an organization dedicated to rescuing elephants and raising awareness about responsible elephant tourism. A former career breaker and long term solo traveler,  today, Diana is a responsible elephant tourism expert and is the co-founder of #RTTC, the Responsible Travel & Tourism Collective, which includes a weekly chat on Twitter focusing on responsible tourism. She has spoken about responsible tourism at TBEX and has appeared as an elephant tourism expert in numbers documentaries. Recently, Diana was featured in an episode of House Hunters International. Her writing has appeared in About.com, Thought Catalog, The Huffington Post, Matador Network, Travel + Escape, Luna Luna, Vegas Seven, World Nomads, Viator, CheapOair, OneTravel and more.

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