22nd May 2015 – Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
With another forty days of solitude left,
I find myself in yet another old town.
How many has it been? I’ve lost count.
At this stage, I am just silently counting down.
I slept really well today, maybe the first time in over a week. And woke up by noon with no idea what to do.
Well, it was back to walking again, far-cry from the days when I was living on a motorcycle. I’ve come a long way since then, and surprisingly only have 40 days left on this project. I can afford to walk some more. The good thing was that old town was on the way down from the apartment I was staying, way high in the mountains. Its only going to hurt when I walk back home later.
The Sarajevo old town is a mix of Istanbul and Budapest. The Ottoman-style mosques scream Turkishness, while the cobbled streets are very European. I began from the yellow fortress, at the eastern end of the old town. And passed by the Sarajevo city museum, with an entrance fee of 2 Marks, the Bosnian currency. And the old orthodox church.
But the highlight was the Begova Dzamija, or the Bey’s mosque. One of the biggest mosques in the country, it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful. Unfortunately, I stepped in during prayer time, and I was hesitant to take too many pictures, lest I disturb the sanctimonious moment.
I clicked the cobbled streets of old town, instead.