Today is our last full day in the Balkans! We have had an amazing, exhilarating, exhausting, and thoroughly memorable time. The past few days in Bosnia-Herzegovina have been very memorable, starting with our concert in Trebinje and continuing with a short stay in Mostar and now concluding in Sarajevo.

Matt wrote about the beautiful cathedral in Trebinje in his previous post, and after that concert we took the tour bus over to Mostar. Mostar is a very interesting city, divided by a river into almost two cities, one ethnically Bosnian and the other ethnically Croatian.

Mostar

Mostar

We explored both sides and were especially taken by the Stari Most, a 16th century bridge rebuilt in 2004 after being destroyed in the Croat-Bosniak War in 1993.

Original stone from the 16th century Stari Most

Original stone from the 16th century Stari Most

The Stari Most

The Stari Most

Sarajevo has been very fascinating as well. It was substantially affected by the wars of the 1990s, as we learned in our tour this morning of the Tunnel of Hope, an important supply line to Sarajevo when it was being sieged.

Our tour guide explaining the history at the Tunnel of Hope

Our tour guide explaining the history at the Tunnel of Hope


Despite the recent history, the city has rebuilt well, and it maintains an impressive cultural vibrancy. We have all enjoyed the extensive bazaar and the culinary offerings, from Sarajevsko beer to Bosnian coffee (their take on Turkish coffee).
The old bazaar in Sarajevo

The old bazaar in Sarajevo


A mural for Bosnian coffee

A mural for Bosnian coffee

We have a final concert tonight, followed by a group dinner. Wish us luck! And stay tuned for a couple of future posts with recordings and photos.

-Riordan