Bosnia and Herzegovina Flashback (30 December 2015)

This is another post in my little series of “I travelled to that place but I guess I didn’t Instagram it and that’s why it’s not marked on my travel map“.

In December 2015, my fiancé and I were travelling to Dubrovnik in Croatia.

Due to strong winds, our plane was forced to land in Split, Croatia, from where we were put on a bus to continue the journey overland, which meant that we had to cross a tiny strip of another country: Bosnia and Herzegovina.

A screenshot of my travel map at http://whereonearth.is/tanchira showing the overland path from Split to Dubrovnik via a tiny bit of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The red dot on the map isn’t accurate. iPhoto reckons we were in Hercegovačko-neretvanski kanton (which is the Bosnian name). We were definitely in that little bit where I drew a red X.

The red dot on the map isn’t accurate. iPhoto reckons we were in Hercegovačko-neretvanski kanton (which is the Bosnian name). We were definitely in that little bit where I drew a red X.

Alas, it was dark by then, so we couldn’t see very much of our surroundings.

Blurry photo, possibly taken from inside our bus while going through a land border crossing
Blurry photo, possibly taken from inside our bus while going through a land border crossing

The bus journey took ages; I somehow feel like it must have been at least four hours.

We were certainly on the road for long enough that a pit stop was required. We were allowed off the bus to go to the toilet at some sort of complex of restaurant(s) and minimart(s) near a petrol station. Here are some of the things we saw in a minimart there.

A football jersey emblem showing a silhouette of the country Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as the name of the country in English and a local language (they have more than one official language)
A football jersey emblem showing a silhouette of the country Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as the name of the country in English and a local language (they have more than one official language)

Feeling peckish, we bought a packet of Crik Crok, which I seem to recall was some sort of potato/flour-based snack.

Crik Crok Plus Original
Yummy salty carbs

I also noticed that, curiously, Bollywood films appeared to be popular in the area, as they were sold in this shop. Alas, I didn’t take any photos.

It’s a pity it was already so dark. We were driving along the coast, so it must have been pretty to look at in the light of day. Unfortunately for us, all we could see were some lights dotting hilly areas shrouded in black.

Murky night view from the minimart/restaurant complex that our bus stopped at in B & H
Murky night view from the minimart/restaurant complex that our bus stopped at in B & H

In this photo, you can see more of the restaurant area, some buses, and a petrol station in the middle distance:

Maybe one day we will be back in B & H to do a proper trip. And yes, I realise that so far, this Travel Map Catch-Up series is 100% composed of night photos.