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Sarajevo !!

Surprise surprise :)

I spent abit too much time in zagreb with the guys and missed going to belgrade...hmmm oh well
Found a decently priced bus heading to sarajevo which arrived at 11pm.
I was a little stress planning for my trip to sarajevo as google maps doesnt work so well with sarajevo and i had no idea how i would get to house of my host.

However, during the bus journey there i had the pleasure of meeting two turkish guys Neco and Yunnus and found out they were heading to the city center also. Once we got off, they were so kind to give me a ride to the city center :))) Soon enough, i was in Victor's house haha.

It was really an erasmus house. 2 Spanish, 1 bratislavan and 1 turkish. There were also 2 german, 2 spanish and 1 korean couch surfer :) Really cool international house !

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I really liked Sarajevo alot, it just has a special feel to it and it has grown to be one of my favorite cities now.
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The 3 of us having a Börek :)
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Really amazing and beautiful city surrounded by mountains with a colored and sad history... Neco Yunus and i

Neco and i had the opportunity of meeting and talking with Jasmin, and we learnt so much about the history of sarajevo. Like him, many people lost someone they loved in the war. There is never an appropriate response when someone tells you of his/her loss. No words can comfort or fill the void a person leaves behind... Well there's always two sides to a conflict but one cause...Men's Pride...

A special mention to my travel idol scarlet !
I was talking to scarlet in the kitchen after everyone had gone back to their rooms. I asked her when she flew from korea and her reply threw me of the chair.
She said, she left somewhere in 2011 ( which means she had been travelling for more than a year) and she was only going back in the end of 2013 !!!
She then explained that she didnt fly but instead came by land !!
I fell of the chair again !
She had taken a ferry from her homeland korea into russia. She then proceeded to hitchhike through russia during the russian winter !!!
and soon enough entered europe.
She shared with me her map of the places she has been and this time i fell of the chair and never came up.

She had practically been everywhere ! everywhere !!!!!

On a side note, for those of you who know me, i consider myself a low budget traveller, i dont spend too much during traveling. Scarlet however was on a different league. I compared my expenses for the past 5 weeks with hers for the past 5 weeks and mine was double !
I was ashamed, i can no longer consider myself a low budget traveller. The bounderies have been redefined...

At this point, i have travelled cumulatively in europe for around 6 months and have never paid for accommodation. So i asked her, what proportion of her trip were in hostel. She said 0...100% CS and when she couldnt find a host she would just crash in train stations or...
The other reason how she managed to spend so little was because besides hitching in Russia, she also hitched in almost the whole of europe ! Hearing her stories just made me super inspired but it was almost the end of my trip so there was only so much i could do with my remaining time.
The guys in the house were going for an epic van trip driving around Bosnia for the next few days ( even accommodation was found ! ) but i decided instead to go solo and head south-west to Mostar !
And yes, Hitching time it was :)

Posted by shawnified 00:07 Archived in Bosnia And Herzegovina Tagged lee shawn hsien chieh shawn_lee_hsien_chieh

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