After a smooth ride to Mostar,i went to visit Blagaj Tekke before checking in at the hostel.Basically Blagaj is an old village and the Blagaj Tekke is a Dervish monastery in the side of the cliff. It is at the basin of the river Buna. It is a stunning setting. You can look down into the river and the cave beneath the tekija. You can also take a small raft into the cave. You can walk down the steps to the river where there is a small metal cup attached to a chain so that you can drink from the fresh water. You make a wish and take a sip. Beautiful and peaceful location.But there are restaurants around the place,which can mess up the tranquility of the place sometimes.
At the parking lot,i met a Italian guy named Stefano who has been riding around Balkans in a KTM 690 for couple of months and now heading back home.We connected immediately over the KTM brotherhood :).He was staying at a camp site,while i chose to stay at a hostel in the Mostar town so that i can visit some sites around with ease without much walking involved .We exchanged our email id’s so that we can catch up again somewhere in Italy but somehow i lost the mail id.I met another local guy who was visiting the same place with family,we sat down a bit and shared few stories over coffee and snacks and parted ways.This guy tells me that he is a devotee of Lord Krishna and have visited Vrindavan,India many times.
As i begin to leave i met another guy,a local shopkeeper.We begin to chat and as i share my story from Iran to here,he rushes back to the shop and brings me back two handmade fridge magnets.He bids good bye with few words to say “As a token of our friendship” 🙂
I stayed at hostel Fig in Mostar,highly recommended as the care taker lady is such a cheerful person.I met some very good travelers from all around the globe.We went for drinking in the night and damn it turned out to be a long one.I had a bad hangover the other day,as it turns out that i tend to over drink when i am in good company.
I took my time to wake up the other day and went for a walk around the old town.The stone bridge here is quite spectacular.The lady at hostel told me some first hand stories about it.During the war times this bridge was destroyed and it was rebuilt by collecting the stones down from the river.There is a cross on a adjacent hill top,during war times snipers(Croatians) used to shoot the civilians who try to go to the river to fetch water.
Streets of Mostar
There are some adults who do stunts like jumping in the river from the Mostar bridge for few bucks,keeps onlookers busy and sometimes stand still making it look like they are going to jump any moment.But these folks they don’t do it until certain amount is accumulated i guess,but pretty daredevil stuff anyway.I also learned that they teach you to jump from the bridge for a mere price of 25 Euros,i would say idiotic and courageous thing to do. The drop is atleast 20-25 meters and there are high chances you are going to hit the river bed if you are heavy,specially like me 🙂
I went to the other side of town as the hostel owner told me that there is a beautiful church out there.It was a simple church without much decorations,but this tower next to it was long and eye catching.
Hamam is an interesting way of bathing,we had quite few of them in the city where i grew up.As a kid my uncle used take us cousins for a visit and a thorough bath.It was quite amazing experience and different.Do visit this museum if you feel connected in any sense 🙂