Celebrating Labor Day, Bosnian Style

I had the incredible opportunity to spend a few days in Dubrovnik, Croatia, this past week. Prvi Maj (May 1st) is a big holiday in Bosnia, and celebrates International Worker’s Day. We had no school from Wednesday to Friday, and so we traveled with our friend Katie’s mom to Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik is a gorgeous city built on the Dalmatia Coast. It is most famous for its magnificent walls which surround the Old Town, which have protected the city for centuries. The current walls underwent most of their construction in the 14th and 15th centuries, with modifications made here and there by the Venetians and other various empires who gobbled up the area for its strategic trading ports and awesomely fortified city. My favorite part was either walking the two kilometers along the wall or spending the afternoon exploring and swimming on Lokrum Island.

Shot of the walls from a point higher up on the same walls.

Shot of the walls from a point higher up on the same walls.

For any of those Game of Thrones fans, these images might look familiar. With good reason; seasons 2 and 3 were filmed in Dubrovnik. I visited the streets of King’s Landing, its piers, the gardens and regal buildings of Qarth, and the interior of the Red Keep. Of course, it looked a little different in real life, but it was still fun to walk beside the sea, look up, and imagine the skyline of King’s Landing dropped onto Dubrovnik’s walls via special effects.

Hey there, King's Landing :)

Hey there, King’s Landing :)

It was so much fun for SHAKE to get out of Sarajevo and enjoy ourselves. The reality of returning is sinking in, and we’ve started to reflect on our friendship over the past year. We had a great time exploring the old town, going down little streets, visiting museums, and experiencing the different atmosphere of the Dalmatia coast.

Overall, though, returning to Bosnia was wonderful. Dubrovnik was very touristy, and it was nice to get back to the more affordable, laid back, friendly Bosnian scene. We spent Saturday afternoon in Mostar, where Savannah and I got čevapi at a small restaurant in čaršija, went to a cafe or two, bought a some gifts for our family back in the States, and spent time along the river watching people jump from the Mostar bridge.

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