A few years ago, we took a road trip through Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina. It still ranks as one of our all-time best travel experiences, so it’s difficult to choose a favorite memory, but our short time exploring Bosnia & Herzegovina is pretty high on the list. Having only recently considered traveling in this area of the world, we were feeling pretty adventurous once we crossed the border. We weren’t quite sure what to expect from a country so recently touched by war, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the scene we happened upon when we took a detour to see the Kravice Waterfall. After driving for a bit, with very vague directions, the paved road ended. Doubt started creeping in, our overactive imaginations thinking up all kinds of horrible scenarios involving undiscovered land mines. Luckily, we soon came upon several parked cars, so we figured we must be in the right place. We made our way down a sandy hill to see a handful of local families cooling off in the turquoise water. We too had planned on swimming, as it was a scorching, dry day, but quickly chickened out when our feet touched the icy water. Instead, we watched these 4 friends roughhousing like boys and diving ever so gracefully into the river.
This wonderful first impression was confirmed over and over throughout the course of our time in Bosnia & Herzegovina. The people we met were so gracious and welcoming and the cities and landscapes some of the most magnificent we’ve seen. Not to mention the food! I would go back in a heartbeat.