I have to admit: I have started this blog post multiple times and couldn’t decide how to proceed. I have even used a beautiful quote in the beginning, but not even that could help (“If not a beautiful quote, what could?” you might think, I know).
So I’ve decided to go straight to the point.
And that point is this: I have travelled to Bosnia and Herzegovina earlier this year and it has absolutely stuck with me. The kindness of its people, the beauty of its landscapes, the abundance of bakeries, and the echos of the incredibly painful history that still lives in memories of people my age and even younger. I feel that if there’s one place that I owe a blog post to, as if it’s some highly regarded award, it’s definitely BiH.
This is my belated ‘thank you’ to all who have made my stay there so welcoming and heart-warming. And, in a way, it’s an invitation to everyone who hasn’t had a chance yet to travel to BiH to pack your backpacks and go. Go see Sarajevo, go see Mostar, and, if you have more time than I did, go see other places as well. When you do, I hope you’re as lucky as I was and get to meet some remarkable people. Who knows, maybe one day you’ll write a belated blog entry on your trip, too.
PS. There is a number of museums you can visit on your trip, like the War Childhood Museum in Sarajevo, and you should definitely do that. After having seen the extremes of where the “us vs them” narrative can take us, one of the most important things we can do is to fight that narrative wherever we see it emerge.
I didn’t manage to start my post with a beautiful quote, but I’d like to end it with one that I really like, and I think it’s always a good time to be reminded of this:
There is no “them”, there is only us.