Daily Wanderlust: Sarajevo’s Olympic Stairs

Written by on April 12, 2012 in Destinations - 6 Comments

What was once a glorious staircase, lined with tea shops and vendors, today sits in ruins on a Sarajevo hillside.

An entire lifetime of pain, suffering and redemption plays out on these crumbling stairs which were a part of the 1984 Olympics. They’ve witnessed the town being surrounded, the horrors of genocide, the beauty of growth.

The City of Roses, despite its tragic history, has overcome so much.

I love these stairs as much as I love Sarajevo.

About the Author

Diana Edelman is an avid traveler who recently spent four years living as an expat. Most notably, Diana spent nearly three years in Chiang Mai, Thailand where she worked with Save Elephant Foundation to raise awareness about the realities of elephant tourism. Currently based in Las Vegas, Diana works in many industries as a publicist, social media expert, content creator and journalist. The co-founder of the Responsible Travel & Tourism Collective, Diana has spoken at conferences about travel blogging and responsible tourism.

6 Comments on " Daily Wanderlust: Sarajevo’s Olympic Stairs "

  1. Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista April 13, 2012 at 4:21 pm · Reply

    Goodness, I don’t think I would have noticed them if you hadn’t pointed them out! Sarajvo has been through so much. Hopefully I’ll get to visit her one of these days soon.

    • Diana April 14, 2012 at 1:02 pm · Reply

      I only noticed them because the hostel I stayed at was up those crumbling stairs! Otherwise, never would have even come across them. I cannot say enough good things about Sarajevo!!

  2. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures April 13, 2012 at 10:28 pm · Reply

    I wanta visit!

    • Diana April 14, 2012 at 12:53 pm · Reply

      Sarajevo has such a piece of my heart!!

  3. Brainy Pint Sizer April 21, 2012 at 11:26 pm · Reply

    Thanks for sharing. I went to Bosnia several years ago, visiting my “niece” and my dear friend in Sarajevo. What I couldn’t get over was the complete distruction of what was an Olympic city, and the bullet holes and shelling damage on many of the buildings. I also visited Mostar, and several other places — and had notable adventures, including white water rafting. Amazing.

    • Diana April 25, 2012 at 2:14 pm · Reply

      Bosnia is one of my most favorite places in the world. Such a mix of past and present, tragedy and triumph. I am glad you enjoyed your time there!

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