Daily Wanderlust: History in Sarajevo

Written by on August 28, 2012 in Daily Wanderlust, Escapes - 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 Chiang Mai, Thailand. In 2010 she quit her job in PR to go on a solo backpacking adventure and tackle her 30-Life-Crisis. After seven months abroad, journeying throughout Europe and Africa, she returned to America and relocated to Las Vegas. Following a year-long stint back in PR, she once again quit her job to follow her dreams; this time her journey took her to the elephants and Elephant Nature Park where she is involved with raising awareness about responsible elephant tourism. Recently, Diana was named a finalist in the Destinology Travel Bloggy Awards for travel writing. She has been a regular contributor to Viator and recently served as the Las Vegas contributor for OneTravel.com and CheapOair.com. Her work has appeared in print and online, including The Huffington Post, Matador Network, Travel + Escape, Vegas Seven, World Nomads and more.

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