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Home » Articles » Destinations » Europe » Rafting in Bosnia: A Landscape of Incomparable Splendor
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Rafting in Bosnia: A Landscape of Incomparable Splendor
Submitted by christine on 2007-07-10 01:45:16 (via www.gonomad.com)
Bosnia is more than a rugged country. It’s a way of life that demands extreme outdoor sports. For the author, her unintended first-ever whitewater adventure resulted in waiting for death's sweet kiss. Hopefully, everyone avoided a sad ending and continued discovering Bosnia - irretrievably scarred by war, but infinitely capable of renewing herself.
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-07-10 04:07:42
It's a bit hard to comment on this article, but I'll give my best. Reading this, I was able to see how different we really are. The author was overwhelmed by the beauty hiding in this county. She was so overwhelmed, that she kept on being surprised by how stunning nature in Bosnia was, while it was stroked by war recently. This recent war happened over ten years ago, and even though you can still see scarrs inside the people, the nature arose even more beautiful than before. The Westerners should not be afraid of some past times and wars. They also had their wars not so long ago. What is 10 or 50 years compared to eternity? I live in Serbia and my country was once united with Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia and montenigro as Yugoslavia. As a child, I was traveling through Bosnia every year on my way to Croatia where my family had a country house. I still remember stopping on the very top of Kozara (the mountain) and having hard boiled eggs and picking forest strawberries. Those are my memories before war and that's when I was 5 or 6 years old. Later on, I went to Bosnia in 1999 with my best friend. It was only a couple years after the war and you could then see how strange all people looked. There were no jobs, no disciline, people spent their time going out to cafes every single night and it was a lot different from the Bosnia you see today. In 2000 I went over there once again and there was an improvement in the way of seeing new buildings, realizing that Pale (the place near Sarajevo) grew bigger. The next following years people changed: they were not influenced by the war any more; places changed: for the better; nature evolved or I grew older. These days, if you decide on visiting Bosnia, you should definitely see the places the author mentioned, but make sure to see Sarajevo, the Zelengora (the mountain), Visegrad and the Drina (the river). It is perfectly safe now. Actually, it was safe even right after the war. I was 14 years of age, when my mom let me travel there with my friend, and it was only a few years after the war. People are perfectly friendly. Nature is perfectly intact. It is perfectly perfect.
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Submitted by Truly Bosnian on 2007-07-11 02:43:47
There are two different reasons for which ppl usually decide to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina. One is FUN and the other is HISTORY of this country.
If you are looking for an adventure like rafting on wild and beautiful rivers, unforgettable cliff hanging, adrenaline raising mountain biking,or simply visiting nature beauties - buy your ticket to Bosnia today.
In that case I'd recommend rafting on the Neretva and Una rivers, Olympic mountains Bjelasnica & Jahorina, going to the Prokosko lake on one of the highest mountains Vranica, going to Hutovo blato (a nature park with breathtaking wildlife) , or Vjetrenica (a huge fascinating cave) and much more. On the other hand if you are looking for a place where cultures meet-Sarajevo, Mostar, Travnik are the right places. Since we have interesting history from the very beginning through Ottoman Empire to Austrian-Hungarian period, you will find different culture monuments, characteristic architecture of Bascarsija, Marijin dvor(Sarajevo),the Old Bridge in Mostar, Bridge in Visegrad..etc. Sarajevo is actually the place where The First World War began after assassination by Gavrilo Princip.(you will find a relevant museum in Sarajevo)
There are also new-found pyramids in Visoko(yah "Egypt in Europe"):)
If anyone still asks questions about the recent war (I wouldn't call it "civil" at all, but that's another story)-one visit to Commemorative center Potocari in Srebrenica will be rather self-explanatory.
I could write a lot more but I ll let you come and discover it all, dicover the country where East&West meet.
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Submitted by Truly Bosnian on 2007-07-11 02:58:01
Forgot to tell you, as the first comment says "People are perfectly friendly..."unrefuted fact.

Maryam
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Submitted by pablo on 2007-07-11 04:17:14
your comments are indeed very convincing.. we are thinking about going to Bosnia in the near future, so we're really very enthusiastic about it now..
are Bosnian mountains really populated with snakes, nests of spiders, bears and antillopes?
Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-07-11 06:51:26
All the things said before are more than true. Mountains (Bjelasnica, Jahorina, Trebevic, Treskavica...), lakes(Boracko and esspecialy Prokosko!!!), rivers(Una, Sana, Drina...)... spring and autumn hiking, summer rafting and winter skiing... what else can you wish for regarding natural beauties. Sarajevo, Mostar, Banjaluka, Visegrad, Travnik, Bihac and their historical monuments are places that you must see. These things can't be explained to someone who hasn't seen them.
And yes, people are more than friendly :)
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-07-30 02:36:44
The article is very true, but you forgot to tell him on beauties in Banja Luka, world championship in rafting on the river Vrbas and other city's in Bosnia. And yes, people are more than friendly :). sory my english is ?????????
kadju
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-07-30 05:03:52
I can't speak much of rafting in here cause I'm not very well updated on the matter. But as far as sight-seeing goes, there are plenty of things to see. First off, the war ended over ten years ago. There are, as someone said, scars and it's still painful, but most of new generations choose to look at it differently and not be slaves to the war but move on. People are very warm, especially to tourists, and willing to help. Someone mentioned East&West cultures that collided here. I must say that is what is most attractive to me, except the natural wonders of course. Sarajevo is truly amazing, and other towns mentioned as well. I was a bit sceptical about the whole thing, tourists coming here and stuff like that cause I'm not quite patriotic so I couldn't understand why on Earth they would come here. But lately it's beginning to change. I do realize this country is beautiful, and the thought of war destroying all of it's splendours only makes it more tempting and charming in a way. So, if it's war and fear of narrow-minded bitter people that's holding you back, you should cross that one immediately. It's all individual of course, but mostly you'll find it quite normal around here. I know this comment isn't that helpful but all I can say is that, if you choose to visit B&H you won't regret the decision;)
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