Cemented Cultures in Sarajevo, Bosnia

November 17th, 2014

Bosnia

I arrive in Sarajevo knowing practically nothing about it. Tired and disorientated, my friend and I joke that it must be a decent place to visit since Bosnia and Herzegovina has competed in the Eurovision. Disembarking the rickety train from Serbia, we have no map, but the name and reservation number of a hostel. Amna, … Continued

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