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Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel
One of many Sarajevo Roses found throughout the city. These craters from mortar shells were filled with red resin after the war.

I trampled a few roses before learning why the streets and sidewalks of Sarajevo were covered with red splotches. During the Bosnian War, an average of 329 mortar shells rained down...

The UNESCO World Heritage village of Pocitelj, with its historic mosque and hilltop fortress

Miran, owner of Miran Hostel, is an angry man. “I am not politically correct and you will not like a lot of what I say,” he announced as we climbed into...

Cobblestone streets in the OldTown area of Mostar display the "Circle of Life" design

Bosnia-Herzegovina is one of those countries that raised eyebrows whenever I told someone I was headed there. Those who had no idea where it was had a vague notion that it...

Massive stone walls still surround the Stari Grad, or Old Town, of Budva, Montenegro

My introduction to Budva, Montenegro was anything but auspicious. I chatted with the owner of my guest house as she checked me in, explaining that I’d been touring the ex-Yugoslavian countries...

Screenshot of the Drita Travel website, only available in Albanian

Author’s note: The below information was correct at the time of writing, but in April of 2016, the Old Town Hostel in Kotor, Montenegro started providing bus service between Tirana, Shkoder,...

Et Hem Bey Mosque in the capital city of Tirana, Albania

My plan for the summer had been to tour all seven of the countries that once composed Yugoslavia. I was close to meeting that goal, having visited five of the seven,...