"Healing in Mostar" Top 5 Page for this destination Mostar by acemj
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This trip was about Croatia. Bosnia-Hercegovina was merely a point of reference on a map. When asked about my plans, I sometimes had to say, "Croatia. It's the skinny country that runs along the Adriatic coast across from Italy and next to Bosnia-Hercegovina." They spell it with a "c" locally, so I'll use that instead of the VT spelling. They also refer to it with the abbreviation, "BiH" (the "i" is for the Slavic word for "and").
My Croatian adventures were going great until an unfortunate incident in Split where I was robbed and roughed up a bit by three thugs. The next couple of days were spent hobbling about trying to recover from the experience, both physically and mentally. I replayed the whole indicent in my mind a thousand times imagining all of the things I could have done differently in order to yield a more positive outcome. After beating myself up enough, I decided to get back on my horse and do something unplanned, completely spontaneous and just maybe a little dangerous. After all, any conversation with a local that lasted more than ten minutes, almost always brushed over the war and something that impactful warranted my exploration.
So, I boarded a bus in Dubrovnik and headed for Mostar, the scene of some of the bloodiest battles of the recent war. I was short on cash, carrying only a small amount of the Croatian currency, the Kuna, a problem considering it was Croat fighters who did most of the damage to the historic Muslim Quarter of the city over a decade ago.
I was glad that I had come here to gain a better understanding of this terrible conflict. Though I did not leave my room after night fell on Mostar, I slept soundly knowing that I, like the city itself, was undergoing a healing, and that a few kicks and punches would not be enough to take away my traveler's spirit. I hope that Mostar itself will one day regain all that it once was, a charming town situated in a beautiful valley full of diverse and unique people that I believe are capable of more than mere coexistence.
When driving or taking the bus along the Croatian coast between Split and Dubrovnik, you'll have to pass through the... more travel advice
I can see why Mostar was a major tourist destination for many Eastern Europeans before the war. The area around the Old... more travel advice
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