May 2006

Next to it is the museum of the 1914 assasination
. Franz Ferdinand assassination place


Bosnia & Herzegovina: The Bradt Travel Guide by Tim Clancy

You can buy this book, used version, from for $9. In case you forgot to shop for a guide book from home, you can always find this book in at least Sarajevo and Mostar. I think this is because the author of the book, Tim Clancy, has worked and lived in this country for more than 10 years. He runs an eco-tourism called Green Vision in Sarajevo.

However, it is more expensive to buy the book in Bosnia. Be sure to pay at least 20 euros. I saw the exact same book which covered only Hercegovina for 15 euros.

Bosnia: A Short History by Noel Malcolm

The book avoids many of such hatred, prejudice, accusations, nationalist preachings you might have encountered while researching about Bosnia’s history. Perhaps, the author’s being an English helps in this matter.

Other recommended books I haven’t read
The bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andric, a Nobel Laurete from Travnik.

Booklet (you can get at the Tourist Information Office in the center)

Tourist Info Sarajevo (small blue book with addresses and phone numbers)

Local review

There might be many other places who give this review for free. At the moment, I only know of Hemingway bar, located across from the National Theater.

Travelling by train, you will not be able to see the awesome landscape as if you would on a bus. The rails are in the lower levels, thus your view is blocked by the surrounding mountains.

There is only one early train at 6:25 in the morning and returns at 5:55. It takes about 2.30 to 3 hours to get to Mostar. A roundtrip ticket costs 16KM, which is cheaper than a bus ticket. There are many busses departing to Mostart starting around 7 a.m.

If you go to Mostar for only one day, then take the earliest train or bus you can. The first time I went to Mostar, it was a whimsical decision without planning. The bus arrived Mostar at at 2 p.m. and I had to leave at 6 because it is the last bus belong to the company from which I bought my ticket). The guy whom I met on the bus got to stay longer since he bought a one-way ticket and could choose whenever to leave from Mostar.

The newspaper

The nice thing about this website is that your online post will be listed for a month on the weekly classified newspaper, free of charge.

I found a room through that newspaper, and my roommate who rented out that room placed an ad on that website.

Origin: The origin of this coffee dated all the way back to the period of Ottomen's occupation of Bosnia during the 13th century. The Turks barging into this country and brought along the coffee tradition.

Taste: The Bosnian coffee is very strong and has a total different taste from the regular expressos, cappuchino you normally have in many other countries. It is very thick and sometimes can be hard to taste.

How it served: You can look at the photos. Normally, the waiter will pour the coffee into the cup ( fild┼żan) for you. The green cube you see next to the cup is a sweet jelly, come with the coffee for free, depend on which cafe bar.

How the locals actually drink their coffee: Drop the sugar cube into the cup, stir it, and then drink, right? Wrong! The correct wax to drink is:

1. Pick up the sugar cube with your hand
2. Pick up the coffee cup with your other hand
3. Lick the sugar cube
4. And then drink the coffee

I never tried.

This photo was taken at cafe Divan in Morica Han.

I am curious to see how many obvious and not-so obvious signs I can find in the city

I will check some of these recommended places out before giving further 2-cents

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