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About L’appel Du Vide
There exists a psychological phenomenon in which perfectly sane people, with no desire to die, find themselves faced with a steep cliff and experience a strong desire to leap. To jump from their safe vantage point into the unknown. This phenomenon is so common in fact, that the french have a term for it: L’appel du Vide – Call of the Void.
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Tag Archives: Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Sarajevo War Tunnel is a relic from the recent Bosnian War in the 1990s. During the war, the city was put under siege by the Serbian Army and began to suffer from lack of food, water and other resources. During different points in the war, the tunnel was used to transport arms, people, water and even electricity. At some point, a rail cart type system was installed in the tunnel to make transportation easier. The ceiling of the tunnel is a lot lower than you would expect. At 5’6 I still had to crouch significantly at parts. I can imagine … Read More
Our hostel owner in Sarajevo was a survivor of the Bosnian war in the 90s and he offered a daily tour of the sites that helped tell the story of his experience. We had arrived at the hostel at around noon after an overnight flight from the states so our group was exhausted. On a whim we asked him if he could recommend anything for us to do that afternoon and he offered to take us – it ended up being one of the most amazing experiences of the trip. (PS. If you are wondering, the name of the hostel is … Read More
A “Sarajevo Rose” in Sarajevo, Bosnia It’s amazing how often I got that question when I told people our plan to visit the former Yugoslavia, and honestly its not hard to understand why people ask. For much of the early 90′s, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the countries surrounding it, were eclipsed by war. Although Tito had held the many ethnic and cultural groups together during his time, after his death multiple factors contributed to divisions within the area. First, Slovenia declared (and won) its independence, shortly followed by the adjacent areas. Unfortunately, unlike the Slovenian independence, the other revolutions … Read More
After leaving Sarajevo and our misadventures in the Bosnian highland villages, we arrived in Mostar. Our arrival was a little rocky, we got lost finding our hostel and were underwhelmed by the communist style buildings all around us. In fact, our hostel was located in what appeared to be a old and mostly abandoned apartment complex. Bombed out building in Mostar Sarajevo has healed many of its scars. Mostar has not. At least towards the city edges, the rubble of war is still very raw. Burned out buildings and bullet holes were highly visible as we walked from our hostel … Read More
Before I get into what this post is about, let me set the stage a little for you. Me and my three friends were at the start of a two week trip through Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia. We had spent the last two days in Sarajevo and we were planning to rent a car and drive south to Mostar. We weren’t exactly super prepared – we had booked a rental car with a GPS, but we didn’t have any map to speak of and we had only one guide book. (There is actually only one English Guide book to … Read More