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





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


On Friday, the students from 2A took me to the Tunnel museum. We had to take the tram to the end of the tram line in Illija and walked to the Sarajevo suburb of Butmir, where the international aiport located. Only then, I understood why people told me to take the taxi to the Tunnel when I asked for the direction to get there by buses. We walk on the earthen road passing small houses and fields under the summer heat and the relentles sun rays for about half and hour.




And we arrived in front of a shattered house, the Tunnel Museum of the Kolar family.


The 800 meter long, 1 meter wide, and 1.60 meter high tunnel (I circle the tunnel on the below picture) was dugged in 1993, a year after the war began, providing the only safe land route for humanitarian aids and escape in and out of the city. Two of the students on this trip walked through this tunnel during the siege. One had to go to the doctor, and one had to go and live live with her uncle on the other side of the city. For 3 1/2 year, the city was under siege by the Bosnian Serb forces. A mixed Bosniak-Croat friend of mine told me that the reason for choosing the location of the tunnel was that people kept trying to escape by running on the airport runnaway and killed by snipers.


The part of the tunnel open for visitors was only 20 meter. It was a short walk underground, but I think that it was enough.

Tuneli 1
033 628 591
Open every day: 9:00 to 15:00

Olympic Hall Zetra is an indoor arena in Sarajevo. It was built in 1983 and a year after held the ice hockey games and speed skating events in the 1984 Winter Olympics. At the moment, the arena hosts sport events and concerts.

Last night, my roommates, their boyfriend and sister and I went to Zetra to see the ballet "Swan Lake" performed by the Imperial Russian Ballet ensemble from Russia.This event was part of the Zetra Festival.


Alipasina bb
Sarajevo, BiH
t. +387 33 276236
f. +387 33 276137

Jenny from the mahal

I don’t remember much about a conversation I had with a Croatian friend of mine. We were chatting about one of her musical favorites, JLo. Briefly, as she said: “The Bosnians have this one song called ‘Jenny from the mahala’, the Bosnian version of the original ‘Jenny from the block’.” And she started humming the song in Bosnian which sounded so hilarious to me. From that moment on, every chance I got, I shouted across the hall: “V., sing me the Jenny from the mahala.”

“Mahala” is an Arabic word for “residential part” of a town, only the part with houses and not buildings or apartment complexes.

The photoshop-edited picture is a photo I took of my former mahala on Bistrik Mederesa in the Old Town (Stari Grad) region of the city.

Built in 1530/1 modeled after early Istanbul style. Is the most significant Islamic building in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The architect was a Persian, Adzem Esir Sli, the main architect of the Ottoman Empire at the time. This mosque was destroyed and restored a few times in the past. It includes the fountain (ssadravan), Moslem primary school (mekteb), the room for ritual washing (abdesthana), domed burial sites (turbeti), Gazi Husrev-beg’s and Murad-beg Tardic’s harem, abode for the prayer caller (muvekithana), minaret 45 m high and tower clock, dominating the surrounding street and wards (mahala).

Standing on the Centar region, the Austrian part, of Sarajevo. A good meeting place for its easy-to-recognize sign. Whenever I had an appointment with my friends, I always told them to meet me at the center, in front of the Cathedral. One of my roommate performed her with her choir during Bašc’aršija Nights, an annual festival in Sarajevo.

I will upload one of the clip later.

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