Category Archives: Bosnia and Herzegovina

From Sarajevo to Dubrovnik – don’t walk, take a bus! It’s 258km, you dickhead!

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Whilst one could spend years trying to drink every beer in Sarajevo and not come close before dying of liver failure, I don’t have that much time to spend. So, instead, I toodled along to the bus stop and told any motherfucker who would listen that I wanted to go to Dubrovnik, and I wanted to go now, and soon I was on my way back to Croatia.

I was as tired as a virgin who’s just discovered porn (remember when you had to wander through the bush in the hopes of finding some pervert’s stash of spoofed-on pornos? What’s happened to bush porn, it was fucking magical!) and just wanted to sleep, but the journey wouldn’t let me. It was just too bloody bewdiful, so I just stared out the window in open-mouthed wonder, rubbing my eyes comically like some sort of cartoon character.

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Despite taking five-and-a-half hours, the trip is awesome, starting with a cruise between the stern mountains outside Sarajevo, before following the brilliantly blue Neretva river for an hour or so, as it winds through emerald hills. This part of the journey reminded me a lot of the area around Guilin, China – not just the geography, but the bleak, concrete cities sitting amongst such natural beauty was very similar. I didn’t see a bloke porking a dog, but you can’t have it all.

After crossing through the city of Mostar – a tourist attraction in its own right – the scenery changes rapidly, with a strong Mediterranean influence taking over. Scrubby hills and deep farming basins rand alongside the bus for a while, before I hit the brilliant blue of the Mediterranean sea, with delightful terracotta houses standing in the sun. We flipped in between Bosnia and Croatia a few times as we drove in and out of borders, before finally hitting the Big D. Ah, Dubrovnik, that is.

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And now here I am, writing on the roof of the strange place I’m staying at (I’m living in the spare room of some old couple’s apartment) and looking out over one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I’ll go exploring tomorrow – right now, there are too many beers to drink!

Beautiful Bus Stops of Bosnia

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Bosnia and Herzegovina is a gorgeous country with a long and interesting history, and bucketloads of natural beauty. The bus ride between Bihac, in the north west of BiH and the capital of Sarajevo took me through sweeping mountain ranges, past lovely villages, and along shimmering rivers. But the main thing I saw was bus stops.

The trip is only 308km, but took more than seven hours because the rubbish excuse for a bus I was on stopped at every town on the way, often waiting outside the local bus stop for half an hour or so while I stared out the grimy window at, well, pretty much nothing. So here they are, the Beautiful Bus Stops of Bosnia – I’m thinking of releasing them as part of a calendar!

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