Here are four things you couldn’t know about Sarajevo before coming to Sarajevo!
1. It really is a mesh of two worlds. So those of you who may have believed that it was totally unsafe and an almost-third world country that is still rebuilding after the war, you were only right about half of the city! Here’s a look at the other half – in fact, this first picture is where I am right now: Torte i to cafe!
2. On the other hand, there are definitely beggars in Sarajevo. Had my first encounter today. But did you know that they can be so cute and that they don’t go away after you say “ingleski” (english) over and over? This little girl, she was devious. She actually followed one couple around for a bit.
3. Hookahs can be made to be SO TINY! This is a part of the Old Town (Stari Grad) that I hadn’t ventured into before – the Old Market. From what I’ve gathered, Stari Grad is one of the most important areas in the history of Sarajevo. Cool fact: the Old Town Market sector, where I was, is where the city was first founded by the Ottomans in the 15th century. The Eastern half of Stari Grad still showcases Ottoman architecture, while the Western half has an Austria-Hungary look.
4. Tea cups don’t have to be dainty. In fact, I doubt they were dainty originally. Oh, the Brits.