Today is January 7th 2017 (not really, it’s the morning of the 8th, but…) day 7 of my self-inflicted 31 days of posts in January.
We left Zagreb by bus at 12:30 and mentally prepared for our 9 hour bus ride south through Croatia, south through most of Bosnia+Herzegovina. We were prepared with snacks, water, and a few activities to keep us entertained.
At the border crossing between the two countries, all of us passengers disembarked the bus and had to wait in a line outside in the cold until a border agent called us to a small dark window, to get our passports stamped. We handed our documents through this tiny, dark window…silence… machine beeping… STAMP… our passports reappeared through the window and we took them and walked away briskly.
A few more miles down the road, we had to stop again and this time a border agent got on the bus and collected everyone’s documents and left with them. I swallowed the lump in my throat, I was nervous, but I didn’t know why. Perhaps it is odd to see 2 female foreigners-one of which is a 9 year old- traveling by bus to Sarajevo. I was asked several times, if I was sure Sarajevo was where I actually wanted my destination to be. Not that many people don’t travel to this city, but perhaps they wanted to make sure I wasn’t confusing the cold-as-hell capital with say, a warmer beach town in Croatia.
Nope. No confusion. Perhaps a little crazy, but I know (kind of) what I’m doing.
Even though just a week ago we had no intention of going to Zagreb. We did. And we spent 5 very productive days there. Sarajevo? Not so much on the list, but here we are staying a week and perhaps longer if we like it. Here is what January and part of February may look like. It’s a TBD kinda lifestyle at the moment.
Our apartment is absolutely beautiful, and walking distance to The Old Town. We will brave the winter cold and explore this frozen city, with some museums visits I’m sure, fueled on Turkish coffee.
If you missed yesterday’s post, you can read it here. xo