Hipmunk CityLove: Discovering the History in Sarajevo

Bullet holes and resin┬ároses stand out against the vibrant life in Sarajevo — a juxtaposition which leaves many visitors speechless. Here, the tragic recent history of this Bosnian capital lies entangled with the city’s colorful present, creating a place not only to explore the riches it now offers today, but also it’s past. Although theContinue reading “Hipmunk CityLove: Discovering the History in Sarajevo”

Daily Wanderlust: Bullets and Bosnia

From memorials like the one in Berlin to museums in Rwanda to simply a pock-marked building telling the tales of those who were silenced … images like these haunt my mind. In Bosnia-Herzegovina, the remnants of war can be found in many places. Even in the heart of Sarajevo, there are stories to be toldContinue reading “Daily Wanderlust: Bullets and Bosnia”

Daily Wanderlust: Sarajevo’s Olympic Stairs

What was once a glorious staircase, lined with tea shops and vendors, today sits in ruins on a Sarajevo hillside. An entire lifetime of pain, suffering and redemption plays out on these crumbling stairs which were a part of the 1984 Olympics. They’ve witnessed the town being surrounded, the horrors of genocide, the beauty ofContinue reading “Daily Wanderlust: Sarajevo’s Olympic Stairs”

Daily Wanderlust: Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

I spent about two weeks in Bosnia and Hercegovina and loved every moment. When I wasn’t hanging out in Sarajevo, or exploring the remnants of war and a sniper’s point of view from an old bank, I was touring the gorgeous outlying region of Mostar, including a gorgeous visit to waterfalls. After my para-falling incident,Continue reading “Daily Wanderlust: Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina”

Daily Wanderlust: Sarajevo by night

I spent about a week in Sarajevo, the City of Roses. During my time in the city, I fell in love with it. I chased Angelina Jolie for a story, I took numerous walking tours and learned about the dark past and vibrant present of the city, and I explored the juxtaposition of the battleContinue reading “Daily Wanderlust: Sarajevo by night”

10 Ways to Kick Travel Fatigue’s Ass

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); There was a time a little more than a year ago, when I hated traveling. After doing it for more than five months, being sick for what seemed like the millionth time, being cramped into a dorm room in blistering heat with no air-conditioning, fearing for my life inContinue reading “10 Ways to Kick Travel Fatigue’s Ass”

Escape of the Week: Juxtaposition in Sarajevo

It’s been one year since I was in Sarajevo, a city I fell in love with. The charm of the city. It’s heart-breaking past and triumph of recovery left me overcome with emotion. For a week, I wandered the city streets, crossing over the river, walking past the destroyed National Library, meandering between the EuropeanContinue reading “Escape of the Week: Juxtaposition in Sarajevo”

Touring the Mostar region

“Hi D!” Katie typed into Facebook chat as I sat at Madja’s Friday night. “I’m coming to Mostar tomorrow!” Sweet! “Cool, I will be on the tour all day — its 14 hours — so I won’t be back until late, but I will see you Sunday,” I responded. We chatted a little longer andContinue reading “Touring the Mostar region”

A sniper’s point of view

Aldina, a girl who worked at Madja’s Guest House, picked me up from Mostar’s bus station as the sun was setting. “Over there,” she said, pointing out the car window to a towering building with all of it’s windows blown out, “that’s the bank. During the war, Serbian snipers would sit in there and shootContinue reading “A sniper’s point of view”