July 9th, 2017
Nothing to do today but fly and sit in airports. I left our hotel in a taxi to the hotel as I said goodbye to Bucharest and soon to Europe altogether. This was the trip of a lifetime and I probably won’t get another trip like this until I’m retired or have a long vacation from my future career.
Travelling was an extremely fun and new experience that I will never forget. It showed me what it’s like on the other side of the planet. How different people live outside of America. It made me feel small compared to this vast planet we live in. Discovery channel never really cut it for me in terms of showing how others live in Europe. experiencing it in person is the real way of learning. Thia year has been so great so far. I met my girlfriend and learned that my life wasn’t ao bad. I traveled outside of the country and I lived on the other side of the state and experienced that. I’ve really pushed myself to try new things and I’m proud of myself. There’s more planned for me this year. I hope to see my girlfriend this summer and I hope to go to Vegas for my 21st birthday in November and I plan to go skydiving. I plan to go back to school in my hometown and find a job I can stay at for a long period.
I have many plans for the future and I believe this year is the start of it all. I needed to get travelling out of the way and broaden my horizon a little before I narrowed my sights back on school. I needed this trip for sure. Now all I need ia to see my girlfriend and I will be set on beginning my life.
The first hour and a half flight was a breeze. The security in Istanbul was a breeze, I got a pretty good sandwich and then we didn’t have to wait long for the next flight either. I got onto the next plane and remembered me and my grandma are sitting in row of three with nobody between us. So far travelling today has been very easy. Ans this is our long flight. And it seems like it’ll go well. Also I was looking at this picture of a cat I took on my trip and then I heard this meowing and I thought I was going crazy but really a passenger brought like, three cats in their carriers and they’re meowing a lot because they’re scared. I took a picture of one in it’s little carrier thing. So cute. It’s going to be meowing all flight.
Ugh so we went on the first two flights, one was 1 1/2 hours, one was 10 hours. Then our one we just got off of was 4 hours. Too much flying for me. Grandma didn’t plan well with the taxi at all of course. So we’re just sitting around and she doesn’t know what she’s doing.
I’ll be glad to be rid of all that once I get home. I’m tired and just want to rest. But this has been a good trip and I’m lucky to have been able to go.
I woke up about half an hour before the wake up call. Which surprised me since I went to bed so late and get up early. We had a breakfast that actually wasn’t that great. Nothing compared to the other breakfasts we’ve had. Now we are on the bus and heading to Bosnia. We will cross a border or two. I found it funny that our tour guide, Mario, who’s awesome by the way. Well ge bought beer to give to the border police. My grandma told me when she took a bus tour in the 90s, her tour guide was usually an easy going guy but when they would cross borders he would become very nervous and I saw that same behavior in Mario when we crossed the border before. Makes me wonder what’s going on with the borders. Why give the police gifts?
So we crossed the two borders easily. We’re now in Bosnia and we stopped in a town/city named “Mustar” it’s a fairly beautiful city. I think what gives it its beauty is its big bridge over a very pretty river. There’s a ton of little stores on each side of you as you walk along a narrow trail with hundreds of people walking. It’s a very different atmosphere. There were beggars sitting in the 91 degree weather. Which I’ve seen before but these were very young children. And a woman that was about my age and she was holding a couple month hear old child. They were sitting in front of a store. So I’m not sure if the store owners are family of them and make them sit out there. I’m not sure if that girl my age had those other children as well as the infant or not. I’ve heard of things like this happening but it was harsh to see them sitting in such hot weather. Someone on the bus just said they think the beggars were gypsies. Anyways, So the markets were interesting. Everyone would be standing in the doorway of each store and they’d just be standing or sitting there. I didn’t get any food but I did get ice cream and that was pretty good. It was 5 kuna for one little scoop. Not sure if I was ripped off or not but it was good regardless.
We left Mustar and drove two ours directly to our hotel in Sarajevo. I’ve found that each of the hotels we’ve been to have been pretty different from each other. I love how they did that. When we opened the door to our room I walked in and was amazed at how big it was. Probably the nicest room I’ve had in a hotel. A cool light on the ceiling, huge windows and just really cool things in it. In 20 minutes we’re going on a tour and apparently the tour guide is pretty weird. From what Mario told us. We’re going to a mosque. and the women will have to wear a head scarf and the men just cover their shoulders and knees. it’ll be a unique experience for sure. I am curious about how unique our tour guide will be.
Another thing in Europe is in the hotel rooms they have you put your key card in a slot by the front door in order to turn on sometimes all of the electricity or sometimes just the air conditioning. Maybe this happens in the US too but I’ve never seen it. There’s a lot of things the US can learn from Europe in terms of energy saving and other means of helping the planet thrive. I saw a whole parking lot with each parking space made out if these shaped bricks that have grass growing between them. it’s perfect. Unlike our impervious surface filled parking lots that don’t soak in the leakages and other harmful things. They have these types of parking lots. And the hotels lights turn off if no ones moving around. I know we’ve implemented this in some buildings but I’ve never seen hotels using this.
Just got back from the tour. The guide was definitely unique. He had long hair and he had a unique facial structure with very few teeth. And after every little rant he’d go on he’d always say “welcome to my country. ” in a sarcastic tone. He seemed to dislike a lot of the people here. He said the word “idiot” many many times. He knew ehat he was talking about but I don’t know. He was funny to say the least.
Now I’m just sitting in the lobby waiting for dinner to be open for us. I’m guessing it’s going to be really good. Based on the fanciness of the hotel room.
The dinner was okay. Not nearly as good as I was hoping. But afterwards I went out with some of the girls that are my age and we just walked around and got ice cream. It wasn’t as nice as hoe that sounded. Not sure if I really fit in well with them. But it was fun regardless. I found the perfect gift for my brother. I’ve been picky about presents for each of my family but I finally found one I knew My brother would love. So in the 90s This place I’m in. Sarajevo, was under siege for 3ish years and snipers in the mountains would just shoot down at innocent people. Anyways I got my brother a big pen made out of a shell of the giant ass bullets they used. 50 caliber I’m pretty sure. He’s going to love it. Now I just need to find a present for my mom. Maybe her boyfriend too but I don’t know.
I hope I get to do more with those girls but I just feel awkward around them. No idea if they like me.
Another day of getting up early tomorrow. I swear we are busy ALL day. From 6am to 10pm or later. Very busy and fun.