Today (Thursday) I slept in until 8:00 am or so, then got some hot breakfast made downstairs by Majda. It was similar to french toast and with jelly. Very good. After eating, I took some time to catch up on my blog posts. Because the wifi hasn’t been up all the time, I try to upload a new post when I can. And it was nice to catch my breath.
I did manage to take some pictures of where I’m staying, it probably has the best atmosphere of any hostel I’ve been to.
|Outside gate – easy to miss|
|Outdoor gathering area. When you arrive, Majda sits you down at the near table and marks up a map with places not mentioned in guidebooks and authentic places to eat|
|No shoes inside. Everyone makes this mistake, normally only once. Majda is quick to remind you if you forget|
|When you arrive, you decorate your name tag. If you use only one color, Majda has you use more colors|
|Backpackers are welcome to add their name tag to the wall|
I then took a shower and then headed out to explore. I first went to a McDonald’s in a 7 story mall. Despite how ridiculous it sounds, I like going to a McDonald’s in different countries just to see the different menu options.
|I went with the classic Big Mac meal – $5.70|
After lunch, I took a taxi to the Old Bridge. I could have walked, but things are cheap here. The taxi driver asked where I was from and when I told him the United States, he was surprised I was traveling all the way out in Bosnia when I only had two weeks.
I grabbed a small ice cream cone at a sidewalk stand for desert.
|One scoop but not bad for $0.67!|
I then took some more shots of the bridge. None of them are as good as the previous ones, but at least they’re a bit different.
|Tried an 8 second exposure in the middle of the day with a 10 stop ND filter. I was up to my waist in the water taking this picture on a tripod – luckily my camera didn’t get wet.|
|These shoes are great. I packed three pairs, but haven’t even worn the other two. Lesson learned for next time.|
|The minaret you see in the behind the bridge is the same one I took these shots from: http://i.imgur.com/2PKcwgh.jpg and http://i.imgur.com/6TviwDK.jpg|
On my tour yesterday, Bata mentioned how the local government doesn’t care much about rebuilding. There are still ruined buildings all over. But something I didn’t know though is that many of the newer looking building are just fresh looking facades. They don’t have running water or electricity, so they’re just empty on the inside.
|A destroyed hotel (left) and a rebuilt empty building (right) – across the street from each other – see next two pictures for better views|
|Trying to figure out all the different currencies. I had four different currencies in my wallet|
I then head back to my hostel to get some sleep before I leave in the morning for Croatia.