Thursday, June 9, 2011
Sarajevo, Bosnia experiancing a tourism boom this year.
Bosnia is working on some unique projects for the future as well, next year is the 20th anniversary of the Bosnian war and in 2014 the 100 year anniversary of WWI.
One thing I really noticed was all the Bosnian American children who left because of the war and spend their summers back home. They are genuine American kids and they have grown up right before our eyes, more American than Bosnian at this point, no matter what the parents do to try and keep the heritage alive.
Bosnia's history is filled with accommodating travellers as a cross roads of civilizations throughout it's history, has ingrained in it's people a spirit of openness and kindness towards strangers rarely seen in other cultures. It truly is one of the most memorable things most people take away from a visit to Bosnia and the Balkans. The recent history of the 1984 Olympics, the open policy of Tito were many Yugoslavs travelled and worked abroad and the war when many strangers were intruding upon the sadness and misery of war to show to the world, has made Bosnians very accustomed to visitors to their country. Even taking pictures of strangers isn't seen in quite the same light in BiH as in most cultures, during the war camera men set up waiting on street corners hoping to get a great picture of you getting shot crossing a street with the sign "Pazi Snajper" in the background.
For many the fear of war has now been replaced with the intrigue and lure of Sarajevo and Bosnia. Some finally feel comfortable enough to finally visit this beautiful country and they are lucky if they do. There are few places as special as Bosnia and Sarajevo in the world.