Despite its tragic past, today Sarajevo stands out as one of the most magnificent and beautiful places I have ever visited. The people. The land. The history. They all stand as a testament to even the worst horrors that could befall a place, a population, can bounce back and overcome.

I spent a week in this gorgeous city, learning about its history of being surrounded in the mountains which had turned deadly, its present and its future. I spoke with locals about their take on Angelina Jolie’s movie “In the Land of Blood and Honey”; I wandered through the streets of Sarajevo, eyes wide at the roses scattered about to remind people of the city’s past; and I immersed myself with as much history as possible. Including a visit to the Tunnel Museum.

This spot was used during the war to take supplies from the city under siege to the safe zone, on the other side of the airport. There were always risks involved, like electrocution from flood tunnels, shots from snipers in the hills and other attacks, and yet, people did what they could to survive.

Today, this spot is peaceful with life flourishing.

The grounds of the tunnel where supplies where funneled in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hercegovina

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