There are a few details from my visit to the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina in March, 2013. I was then passing through, returning home from Mostar. The plane was in two days, so I was taking a room in a hotel near the historic center. I wandered along the city for two days.
I will be writing separately and much more about Sarajevo, as well as about Bosnia. As it is one of my favorite countries. But in order to write any post for today about the details that I noted for myself, I decided to put it in a separate article.
In general, there are a lot of details in the Balkans, but they are not very evident to the citizens of the former Soviet Union. So, those things that surprise many tourists are ordinary for us. As it is the legacy of Yugoslavia.
A road sign about the prohibition of entry (in the common people – «the brick») here, as everywhere in Bosnia, is in red-yellow color.
There are composters everywhere in public transport (for tickets with magnetic stripes). There are also evil controllers here. So it’s better not to ride for free (a fine of about € 15).
There are a lot of flags. Especially when I went here, there were qualifying matches for the 2014 World Cup. And the team of Bosnia has shown a very decent game and won several times. And people hang them not only with linen but also as pictures, for example.
But you do not need to stare again. You need to pay attention on the walls exactly to the fact whether it fall on you.
Yes, people like to warn about the danger here. Be sure, if workers will dig a hole – then they will set up a dozen warning flaps.
But the aspiration in the EU is noticeable, as well as the fact that people respect themselves and others. I think that it is the result of the war and the difficult fate of the people. One and the same situation are throughout the city – nobody ever takes, for example, places for people with disabilities in the parking lot. Anyway, the movement «Stop-ham» would be frankly boring here.
I liked the «thresholds» that protect from riding of cars to the sidewalk. It does not particularly striking and does not disfigure the appearance of the street like the Soviet metal fence. But, if we put such thresholds in our country – they will be «stormed» by especially «smart» people on the SUVs.
And there is the topic of road signs again. There are a lot of them.
And the vandals do not spare the monuments of the Yugoslav era. Here is recently doused with paint the bust of Ivo Andric. He is a Yugoslav writer of Croatian origin. He was a Nobel Prize laureate. He was born here, in Bosnia.
There are pointers in blocks of flats and offices.
Well, there is an unforgettable advertisement with a wife, who clearly intending to hit with the frying pan her stupidly smiling husband.
I love this city and country. There is something subtly alluring in them, like a magic…