“Bosnia is a world where East meets West,
where minarets and church spires compete for your attention,
and where the cultural tectonic plates of
Islam and Christendom rub together.”
Bosnia and Herzegovina is a land of stunning natural beauty and home to a mélange of diverse cultures. You’ll find tantalizing bazaars, exotic Turkish architecture, gracious people, and comfort food that may remind you of your roots. But all this comes at a sobering price.
Sometimes I think that we as travel writers try to paint every destination as sweetness and light. The truth is that some places are hard … very hard to visit because they force you to face harsh realities. Bosnia and Herzegovina, fresh from a brutal war, was one of those places for us.
But hard places make us better travelers. Hard places help us connect the dots in this world, ask better questions, and consequently convey better answers. And understanding hard places makes us better Citizens of the World.
This Saturday we’ll launch our “Weekends in Bosnia Series” for August – revisiting one of the most fascinating stops on our recent Round-the-World trip. We’ll feature war-torn Mostar and Sarajevo where bullet-riddled buildings compete with elegant mosques and churches; where two bridges played critical roles in the theater of world history; and where a new generation is striving to pull it all back together.
Wishing you Peace,
1. By Tony Hisget via Wikimedia Commons
8. By Peretz Partensky via Wikimedia Commons