Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Too Much History in Sarajevo

Forrest Mallard

Thankfully the tragic stories my tour guide told of his first-hand experiences, were accompanied by his dark sense of humor.

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Just finished the excellent Free Walking Tour of Sarajevo. So very different from any walking tour I have done in any city. The guide was excellent, and he put a lot of humor into the tour, but it was also devastating to hear many of his stories.

Our guide was in high school during the war here and he saw many of his friends killed, with a few of them executed in front of him. For extra effect, he was able to show photos on his iPad of some of these killings. Parents were warned ahead of time so they could cover their children’s eyes.

As you walk through the city, you will occasionally see bright red abstract flowers that are embedded into the pavement. These are actual mortar impact sights, each of which killed dozens of people, that have been filled in with red as a memorial at each location.

Many times I just wanted to do a big ugly cry in the middle of the street hearing these atrocities. Other times I wanted to cry, due to the stories the guide was telling regarding the fearless and selfless ways some people risked their lives to help others.

There is something about the indomitable spirit of the people in the Balkans that I absolutely love.
I’ll be back, many times. ❤

UPDATE: Forgot to mention, as a bonus, I got to stand in the location where Fraz Ferdinand and his wife were killed, which started WWI.

As they say here in Sarajevo, “We actually have TOO MUCH history.”

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