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Croatia, Serbia : Dubrovnik Detour

Thursday, 1st May 2008

Our plans have yet again changed today when we got to Mostar. We were planning on spending a few hours in Mostar (still Bosnia) and then catching the afternoon bus to Montenegro. But when we arrived in Mostar we found out that there were no more busses to anywhere in Montenegro today. We managed to get on the first bus to Dubrovnik (Croatia), which meant that we had to give Mostar a skip. The 3 hour journey turned into a 5 hour bus trip with a 2 hour delay at all the borders.

On arrival in Dubrovnik, we missed our bus connection to Herzog Novi (Montenegro) by 2 minutes (!!) and had to book into the Youth Hostel for the night. We are not really complaining as we absolutely love Dubrovnik after our visit last year. We’ve just had a coffee in the main square watching the sun set and the people go by.

We are fondly remembering our trip to Croatia last year with Mom (PE) – wish you were here! We can’t afford another meal at Momoza Restaurant or to stay in our little guesthouse this time, but it is great to be back here nevertheless.

Hopefully we will be able to get the 09:30 bus to Herzog Novi and spend a few days exploring two or three towns down the Montenegro coastline.

We may have lost Albania on this trip, but gained 4 extra countries in the process. Still having an awesome time and loving everything.

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Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia : Swinging past Sarajevo

Tuesday, 29th April 2008

“Morning coffee in Serbia, lunch in Croatia and dinner in Bosnia.”

On route from Skopje to Sofia, we decided to change our plans and go to Belgrade (Serbia) instead. This meant we simply had to stay on the train we boarded in Skopje and arrived in Belgrade at 6:30 this morning. We had 3 hours to get to know Belgrade a little bit before we had to board the 10:45 2nd train to a very small town in Croatia.

We were pleasantly surprised with Belgrade and had a great time walking around the padestrianised streets and having coffee on the main square. In the end we were sad we only had a few hours there, but it was never on our itinerary. It is a great city and we would definately recommend staying at least one night.

The 2nd leg of the journey was delayed with 30 minutes which meant that we only just made the final connection in Croatia on route to Sarajevo (Bosnia). It was the smallest train we have ever taken consisting of only the locamotive and a single carriage.

Arriving in Sarajevo at 21:00 we were met by a representative of a local hostel agency. They are listed in the Lonely Planet so we decided to take the free transfer into town where they offered us a double room in a private residence. We are staying in a nice, clean room in an old Lady’s apartment.

We got a free beer on the first night and at the moment we’re enjoying two room-temperature Sarajevsko Pivo’s! Our first impressions of the city are very good and after travelling for more than a day we’re looking forward to a good night’s sleep.

This U-turn into Serbia, Croatia and now Bosnia Hercegovina is part of a detour that will eventually also take us through Montenegro before returning to our original route through Sofia. A few more countries and sights for not a lot more effort..

We love Eastern Europe – the cities are great, the people are very friendly and everything is much cheaper!

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