|The Old Bridge|
Within Old Town Mostar there is, you guessed it... an old bridge that spans across the river linking the two sides of Old Town. As all tourist areas must have "entertainment" Mostar is no different. The bridge is the site of the famous bridge divers, or more correctly, bridge jumpers. As the crowds gather, men jump from the 64' high bridge into the river below. Then they walk through the crowds asking for money. We stayed far enough away that we weren't solicited, but it was kind of fun to watch.
|Walking the cobblestone streets of Old Town Mostar|
We explored the area a bit, had lunch on a patio and enjoyed the view and watched a few more jumps from the bridge before we headed to see a Dervish house built on a riverbank at the mouth of a cave. It was yet another example of the diversity of this country.
|Someday he'll just smile like a normal person...|
|Our view from our table at lunch|
|This video shows how massive the cliff above this Dervish house actually is|
Brother and Sister Healy, the Area Welfare Specialist from Frankfurt, Germany came down to do training with us this past week as well. We spent some time doing training, but with all the background Denny and I have with computers, data bases and project management we were able to move through the training fairly quickly, which left us time to do more exploring with our new friends! We showed them a few of our favorite things and the we took a tour with a local tour guide and were able to see a few new things as well as learn more about the history of BiH. We enjoyed having others to share our adventures with. Here are a few of the sights we saw.
|Brother and Sister Healy admiring bullet holes|
|Guess what this means....Danger! Minefields in the area! Needless to say, we didn't go hiking in this area|
|Medal platform for the Olympic ski jumping|
|We visited the Tunel Spasa which was a tunnel that ran under the airport during the war and was used to get food and supplies to the city during the war.|
|This was once the most luxurious hotel in Sarajevo. It was built for the Olympics but was burned by Serbian forces so that the Bosnians could not use it during the war.|
|A Jewish Synagog with the 2nd largest Jewish cemetery in Europe|
I hope we haven't become close enough "friends" with any Muslims to receive 1/3 of a sheep! Due to this holiday, we will have to put our plans for today on hold and go do more exploring, after all, it's a holiday!
We have quickly become huge fans of Viber, a phone app that allows us to call or text anyone in the US who also has Viber on their phones for free. If the person we need to call doesn't have Viber, it's only 1.9 cents/minute. We can talk for an hour for under $1.25! The only catch is that we have to be on wifi, but it's pretty readily available here. So... if you want to talk or text us, you should download Viber on your phone and give us a call! Just remember we are 7 hours ahead of U.S. Central Time!
Until next week.... keep smiling and know that we love you all and miss you much, but we are thrilled to be here and ready to get to work as soon as Dhu al-Hijjah is over.