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Bus to Sarajevo

Monday, July 7th 2008

I wanted to get to Sarajevo at a reasonable time.  This meant leaving Belgrade at an unreasonable time.  It was already hot when I got up at 6.30am, so it was very nice to be staying right across the road from the bus station.  Four of my room mates from the hostel were getting an early train to Novi Sad for the EXIT festival, and we all headed across to the station.  As we crossed the road, one of them, Will, spontaneously decided that with the festival not starting for a couple of days, he might as well visit Bosnia too.

After a couple of hours we reached the border and we were through quickly. We stopped at a restaurant in the middle of nowhere, and it was a relief to get off the roasting bus for a bit.

After a couple more hours, we rolled into Istočno Sarajevo bus station. We were in the Republika Srpska, one of the two entities which make up Bosnia. A few years ago, travel across the internal border was not possible but now it was straightforward, our only problem being finding the cash for a taxi into central Sarajevo. The cash machine at the bus station didn't work, so we walked under the blazing sun to a nearby shopping centre which had a big sign on saying "Shoping Centar", and exchanged some Euros for Bosnian Convertible Marks. We hailed a passing taxi and headed into Sarajevo.

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