Sarajevo – a place where sorrow meets love of life

It’s been two weeks since I was in Sarajevo for a long weekend. It was a trip I will never forget but also one that I am still trying to put into perspective. I don’t think that will ever happen either. 🙂

Like I said in the title, Sarajevo is a special place where the people you meet carry with them such deep sorrow (I’d say remnants of the war that is still so present everywhere you go and look) but they also carry an immense joy and love for life as displayed in their easy smiles, joking and singing. A city that cannot be described and people who will welcome you with open arms and will see you leave with smiles on their faces and hopes of seeing you again – and you will hope that as well.

If you’re wondering how this trip came about, turns out I have distant family there (my father’s cousins) who were as eager to meet me as I was them. It’s the most amazing feeling finding family you never met before and realizing you are close and that family really means family.

I will leave you now with some photos from my trip. The one thing that amazed me though, the excellent rakija you can drink anywhere.


The river view (Miljacka)


Middle of Baš Čaršija – water for weary travelers


Baš Čaršija street


Baš Čaršija artisan working


Baš Čaršija street



View from one of the hills around Sarajevo


Hill view


Christian cemetery in the middle of the city


Sarajevo beer 🙂




Place for chevapi


The tastiest chevapi I ever had


View from the family place I stayed at


View from the family place I stayed at


View of the city from another mountain


The city couldn’t be seen from here



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14 thoughts on “Sarajevo – a place where sorrow meets love of life

  1. Carol October 31, 2014 at 02:42 Reply

    What a beautiful post, Ines – and how wonderful to meet new-to-you family members. The views are gorgeous!


    • Ines October 31, 2014 at 14:54 Reply

      Thank you Carol. It was one of a kind experience. And I am so much richer for it.


  2. Asali October 31, 2014 at 14:16 Reply

    Truly beautiful


  3. Undina November 1, 2014 at 10:01 Reply

    I’m glad you had such a pleasant trip and met some of the extended family members. Thank you for sharing it with us.


    • Ines November 1, 2014 at 14:02 Reply

      Thank you – I feel really grateful for the chance to meet them. 🙂


  4. Vanessa November 2, 2014 at 15:45 Reply

    Sounds like a memorable and moving trip, also beautifully captured in your photo montage. I recall learning about Sarajevo in WW1 history, but actually being on the ground must have enabled you to truly get in touch with its sad past.


    • Ines November 3, 2014 at 15:28 Reply

      It was definitely memorable. 🙂 Speaking about WW1, there is a museum and a street plaquette where Gavrilo Princip shot Franz Ferdinand.


  5. Beautiful Things November 2, 2014 at 17:16 Reply

    Beautiful photos. I must visit Sarajevo.

    They say that Kobane in Syria is the Sarajevo of this decade. Us human beings never learn.


    • Ines November 3, 2014 at 15:30 Reply

      Sarajevo is truly amazing in the most unexpected things. Unfortunately, I can completely understand the reference. Such tragedies in the world we live in…


  6. Suzanne November 3, 2014 at 15:36 Reply

    Fantastic, Ines. Wonderful photos and the coffee photo looks particularly good to me right now, as it’s morning here. Glad you had this opportunity to meet your family members in Sarajevo!


    • Ines November 4, 2014 at 11:35 Reply

      Suzanne, the coffee was amazing. 🙂 They really know how to make good coffee.


  7. Natalie November 15, 2014 at 22:12 Reply

    I got to have this dose of Sarajevo with the dose of Smokvika (sp) and Vis (again), and now I am craving more travel and really wanting to see everyone again, in a repeat of last summer.


    • Ines November 16, 2014 at 00:52 Reply

      Yes, you do need to come back and see everyone again. 🙂 And I think you would love Sarajevo.


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