An Evening In Mostar, Bosnia
From a visit on July 30, 2006
When a place lends itself to the leisure of other people it generally becomes a haven for the lewd and the superficial. I am now in the fifteenth month of a backpacking journey that has taken me to some of the less contemporary parts of the world. In speaking with people and seeing their ways I have found that culture, above all things, is what makes a country endearing, and that a culture exploited is something lamentable. A place that panders to tourism is simply a place without a soul.
With an old friend from the States I have recently been traveling through the less visited regions of Eastern Europe. Having started in Slovenia and made our way down along the Adriatic Coast, we were disheartened by the droves of vacationers there. Croatia we found to be beautiful, overcrowded, and overpriced. To escape the (...)