We’re in Sarajevo today.
I like it already. There’s a mix of European and Asian cultures. In the old town, a group of burkha’ed women gathered on one side of the narrow street were juxtaposed against a woman on the other side sporting a broad, deeply suntanned décolletage and breasts busting out of a low-cut top.
A little like how I imagine historical Japanese towns
Fraser says it’s a lot like Istanbul here. In a way, it’s a little like how I imagine historical Japanese towns. Low terracotta roofs. Wooden shutters. Polished cobbled streets. Glimpses into inner courtyards. We ate a classic Bosnian meal of sausages and pitta bread. Drank plain yoghurt drinks. Wandered into trinket shops crammed with pens made from bullet shells, coffee pots, jewelled tea spoons, ornate swords, hammered plates. Copper, pewter, gold, burnished silver. Fraser said his mum (a jeweller) would shit herself with all the craft here (sorry Laura).
This is the last day of our first month away. Some days have been crappy. Most have been good. Glorious moments detonate from nowhere.
- We have visited Poland, Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia i Herzecovina
- Been on two flights (UK to Poland, Serbia to Montenegro)
- Journeyed on an overnight train (Krakow to Budapest)
- Stayed in nine different apartments
- Bought a new pair of trainers each for Thomas and Robert
- Used the antibiotics for travellers sickness
- Fraser walked through the middle of a funeral with a pink fishing net and a dinghy on his head
- Made use of nearly everything we packed, apart from: a pair of Fraser’s trousers, a long-sleeved top of mine, Robert’s long socks, my monthly contact lenses
- Most-used obscure packed item: hand pump (for inflating the dinghy in Montenegro)
- I’ve swum in my underwear (but that’s not unusual for me)
- Thomas experienced a brief existential crisis in Montenegro
- The boys have lamented the invention of the car (which apparently made humans lazy in developing eco-friendly transportation and alternative fuel technologies)
- I have published 3 blogs and received 28 comments (thank you!)
- I’ve had about 3 short conversations with other people outside of the family (need to rectify this)
- Robert and I walked through a graveyard at night
- Fraser and I have had no serious arguments and just a handful of minor disagreements (but he has asked me to kindly stop calling him a cunt, which I have agreed to)
- We’ve left Patrick behind in Belgrade (Thomas’s teddy)
- The boys and I have struggled with the amount of litter and the number of people who smoke cigarettes
- I have run 30 miles (including one park run in Krakow)
- Fraser and I have discovered a liking for iced coffee
- Discovered more about each other in 4 weeks than I ever expected