Sarajevo Rose

I was all set to write my ‘inspiring post’ on a weight loss transformation post I found yesterday until I took a trip to the commons and found Itchy Quill’s post on traveling alone.

His post brought me back eight years to when I was traveling solo around Eastern Europe. I was returning from two years teaching English in China(I had gone there with friends, but coming home alone) and went the long way home through Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia.217397_8394365314_8319_n

I had traveled solo once previously before this trip. I spent two weeks in Viet Nam and Cambodia the winter before, so I knew I was capable, but it was still a daunting task for a single female to travel solo for a couple of months.

It wasn’t all rainbows, there was a sketchy moment in Serbia where I had a stalker and ended up cutting my visit there short. But the fact that I even went to Serbia was a triumph of my solo travels.

Both Serbia and Bosnia were not originally on my list of countries to visit, but how could I not go there when I was so close. And as it turns out Sarajevo was one of my favorite places on the trip.

208346_8394650314_5067_nMy experiences in those two countries (stalker aside) were far richer than anything else on the trip. Even though it was a decade later, there were still destroyed buildings in Serbia from NATO 207026_8394525314_2281_nattacks. A stark reminder of a battle that has raged for generations. Sarajevo too bore the scars of this conflict in the form of ‘Sarajavo Roses’ (Mortar shells that have been filled with red resin that are scattered throughout the city). These two places made me realize how lucky I was to grow up in Canada, a place that has never seen a modern war.

If I had been traveling with others it is unlikely that I would have been able to convince them of this detour as it was something that was special to me. I had studied the area in University and wanted to see what it was really like.

And that to me is why traveling alone is a must for everyone. You can change your mind on a whim and have some of the best experiences of your life.

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6 thoughts on “Sarajevo Rose

  1. I’m pleased to read this beautiful post about my country’s capital Sarajevo. I live in the other town, but have a plan to go to University in Sarajevo.
    However, your opinion and advice that travelling alone is a great thing, made me realize that it wasn’t so bad to be lost in a big city. This happened to me while I was in Istanbul this summer and was pretty scared, but now the more I think about me being lost the more it seems funny(although it wasn’t funny then). But still I have that pretty cool experience and all other people who were with me on that trip don’t know what is like to be lost in such a beautiful city as Istanbul is.

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    • Getting lost can definitely be scary, and I did experience that as well when I was traveling alone, but its just another learning experience and a great story to share.

      Which city to you live in? I wanted to go to Travnik and Višegrad because of Ivo Andric and the book The Bridge on the Drina, but just didn’t have enough time in the end. 😦

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      • I live in one little town called Cazin. Travnik is a beautiful city, I’ve been there a few years ago. One day, you should visit it. And Višegrad too. Ivo Andrić is one of the greatest writers ever!

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  2. Thank you for sharing about this travel. Brave of you to be on your own in foreign places, but I am sure you remember details so much more and you could decide for yourself what to see

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