June 2006

The shop I bought the sugar holder (15KM) and plate (15KM) for hanging on the wall. The prices can vary depend on the shops and their owners. Feel free to bargain. Personally I hate doing this, but some vendors tend to charge ridiculously high for tourists. At least the man in this shop was quite nice.

Vedad Kazandžiluk 18A, Sarajevo
033 232 950
061 270 655






Here is the only laundromat I found (actually my friend found) which does regular washing beside dry cleaning. In USA, laundromats are everywhere,  but good luck finding such in Sarajevo. 

I moved into this apartment in Koševko Brdo which did not have a washing machine. So for a few months, i had to hand wash my clothes. After  a month, my friend found this laundromat near my apartment, on the same street with the big super market, Robot. I dropped of my sheets this morning.  Cost 3KM. (Will post detailed prices later.)

 Hemijska  Čistionica IC
Ciglane, Hakije Kulenovića 30

061 523 016 

Open Mon to Fri from 8 to 22, Sat from 8 to 16.

Burek is another popular semi-fastfood meal, second-famous after cevapi. Burek is a common term to refer the pie with meat inside. In Croatia, Burek is the same pie with cheese instead. Pie with cheese is sirnica (a bit sour), with spinach is zeljanica , with potato is krompiruša, a bit salty). Cost of each ranges from 1KM to 2KM. Depend on which shop you buy the pies, you can taste the meat, the spiniach, the cheese, or potato in every bite or all you have in your mouth is a load of dough.

There are two different version of pies:

1. Pies sold in the Pekara/bakery: rolled shape and cost less than those in Burekdžnica. Avoid buying pies in Pekara late unless the shop operates 24 hours. The pies become harder and colder. Shuck!


2. Pies sold in a Burekdžnica are sliced into piece from 100g up to 1kg. They taste better because they are warmer, softer, and you can order the kajmak cheese to pour on top. I am not a fan of cheese, but this cheese is excellent.



Dino Merlin, a popular singer in Bosnia has a song about Burek

Ferhadija 33
033 237 133
061 211 541


Open: 8 to 20  Mon to Fri, 9 to 16 on Sat, and 10  to 15 on Sun.

I paid 30KM for a book with 450 pages.  


It’s crunch time! I only have a few more days in Sarajevo, so my friend took me to the center for a brief tour called “Have you tried this and that?” We went to a sweet shop at the intersection between the oOld and Austrian part where she ordered me the cold drink Boza. Well the real drink we had did not have the nuts and powder on top. She made me guess the drink’s ingredients, but I just could not.

It is a sour drink made of cornmeal, sugar, flour, and water, traditional drink in the Balkans. Sure, it tasted different and quite cheap.

When you hear of WWI, you will hear about the major players such as Germany, Austria, Russia, France, England, etc. But it was an incident in Sarajevo in which a nationalist Serb assassinated the heir to the Habsburg throne, Archduke Francis Ferdinand on June 28, 1914 that led to a chain of human nonsense called World War I.

I think Sarajevo was mentioned somewhere in my history text book when I learned about WWI in high school, but soon forgot . Well, who can remember historical facts. A local Bosnian, my colleague, reminded me of this fact my first day in Sarajevo when we walked along the Latin bridge near Bistrik Medresa, across from the assassination place.. It was named Princip after the assassin and changed to Latin after the Yugoslavian war. Well, this makes every single sense. In a city with a majority Bosniaks, why should a name of a nationalist Serb exist?

This clip is hilarious as the little Korean girl singing song about Tito. I wonder whether she is from North Korea.

It was typical in communist Asian countries to sing song praising the communist leaders. In Vietnam, there were songs and poems praising Ho Chi Minh and Stalin. Gosh know who else?

Such a cute little girl and with such robed childhood!

Next Page »