Big is not always better !
Me on the Stari Most A beautiful bridge with a rich history linking the Muslim quarters to the Orthodox quarters of Mostar.
I found my way slowly to the city center and immediately fell in love with Mostar. It was a little touristy but it had a really small town "indie" feel.
The first thing i saw was the markets. ( I love markets and food ) Unfortunately, i didnt stop to see anything as i wanted to go to the city center and decide whether to stay the night or rush over to Split.
Every second i was walking, i knew i had to stay...it was too special and exciting and i had never seen a town like this.
Because of my choice of flexibility as well as failure of foresight, i didnt have accommodation in Mostar. I asked Matthew and Leon what i should do and they both said check into a hostel ! Of course Money was a factor but the other was pride. In all my travels, i had never stayed in a hostel before...
Being a Kiasu uncle, i spent a considerably long time searching for this hostel...after awhile i got pissed with myself and settled down in one right in the middle of the city as i realised i was wasting too much time searching for a hostel rather than exploring and enjoying the city !
After i settled down, i went again to the Stari Most and was just sitting down and enjoying the relaxing and fresh atmosphere.
I stared down deep into the water and imagine people jumping of the bridge and diving into the freezing waters below.
An old lady beside me started to ask me where i was from and the usual questions and than said i was 10 mins too late as one of the divers had just jumped and i had missed it.
This is a video of how it would have been like in the summer !
I looked around at fellow travellers and tourist excitingly snapping away and decided that i had time before taking another picture.
Suddenly a voice from behind said : "excuse me, do you need a picture ? "
I turned around and it was Neco !! ( my turkish friend i met in Sarajevo !) It was super surprising as we both couldnt contact each other since i left Sarajevo and when i arrived, he didnt reply any of my messages anymore. I really thought i wouldnt hear from him at least until he checked into another hostel. It was such a pleasant surprise to meet Neco again I brought him to check into my hostel and we spent the rest of the day exploring the city together
After a long day of exploring, Neco was extremely kind and took me out for dinner. Where we had a Cevapi and Sogan Dolma...in a really nice old traditional Restaurant. I was thinking to myself what an incredible day after meeting Neco here in Mostar again and i was thinking wouldnt it be even more incredible if i could see Petra and Jogi ( the 2 german couchsurfers who stayed with me in the same host in Sarajevo)
I kid you not, we walk out of the restaurant and there they were ! Crazy !!!
I mean Mostar is really small but this whole coincidence was really incredible for me ! haha I spent a little more time following them to have their dinner and than went back to the hostel to have an early rest as i had an early start to Split !
I will be missing you Mostar