Daily Wanderlust: Exploring ghosts of war in Bosnia and Hercegovina

Written by on September 14, 2012 in Daily Wanderlust, Escapes - 10 Comments

The stunning country of Bosnia and Hercegovina is one of my favorite places in the world. Here, a tragic past collides with a beautiful present. In Sarajevo, the scars of war are fresh. Any walking tour will clearly point to the roses which stand to remind people of the tragic deaths that took place during our lifetime.

It is the same in Mostar, if not worse. The city, which is the focal point of the Hercegovina region of the country, is intersected by the Neretva River. Beyond the beauty of the bluegreen water lies constant reminders of the battles fought in this charming town during an 18-month siege. Buildings stand like skeletons, pockmarked and shattered.

Then, just outside of the old city is a bank. Or what used to be a bank. Today, all that is left of the massive structure are the ghosts of war. A walk inside the shell of the walls gives visitors a heartbreaking look at a Serbian sniper’s point-of-view. Shattered glass, bullet casings and remnants of office life lay intermingled on the dirty, cement floor. Walls are gone. Windows are gone. Elevator doors are gone. Now home to squatters at night and tourists by day, visiting the old bank serves as a reminder of the country’s recent history and its path to independence and life.

The remnants of war haunt an old bank in Mostar, 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.

10 Comments on "Daily Wanderlust: Exploring ghosts of war in Bosnia and Hercegovina"

  1. Heathers Harmony September 15, 2012 at 3:52 am · Reply

    Hauntingly Beautiful!

    • Diana September 17, 2012 at 7:28 am · Reply

      Thank you!!

  2. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures September 15, 2012 at 9:07 am · Reply

    What an awesome shot!

    • Diana September 17, 2012 at 7:27 am · Reply

      Thanks, lovely!

  3. Scott - Quirky Travel Guy September 18, 2012 at 6:36 pm · Reply

    One picture captures a lot about the country. Cool pic.

    • Diana October 1, 2012 at 6:23 am · Reply

      Thank you. Bosnia and Hercegovina is definitely one of my favorite places. And stunning to photograph.

  4. Rease September 18, 2012 at 9:40 pm · Reply

    Great shot, really heartbreaking story. This is the kind of place I’d like to visit and just feel the emotion of the space.

    • Diana October 1, 2012 at 6:22 am · Reply

      Thank you. There were a lot of places like this in the country. Definitely one of my favorite places to sit, ponder and appreciate life and the freedoms we have.

  5. Erik October 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm · Reply

    It’s a sad story, one I don’t think has been told enough here in the US. I’m glad to see them having some prosperity.

    • Diana October 8, 2012 at 9:28 pm · Reply

      I agree. I remember growing up and hearing about the war, but never fully understood what was going on. Being there and seeing the lasting effects, and the resiliency of the people, was eye-opening.

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