We stayed at The Heart of Sarajevo hostel which was super cheap and had a very friendly and hardworking guy there who made us all nutella pancakes one evening and took them to us in our dorm. Here, we met some great and some unusual people who made the trip what it was. The city itself was a complete contrast between 'small Jerusalem' in the centre and wartorn Sarajevo on the outskirts of this gem. One of the most fascinating things for me was the history here in Bosnia, having grown up in the 90s hearing about this country in the news regularly. I was keen to get to know as much about the story here as possible. Having gone on the amazing free walking tour with local guide Eddie who even guided Bill Clinton around the city, I initially learned so much about this city just on the first day. I made it my mission to explore museums such as the Genocide of Srbenica exhibition, the children of war museum and the Sarajevo history museum, as well as taking the Yugoslavia tour with Eddie on a seperate occasion. It was during this trip that i learned about Sarajevo being the place where WW1 began and I even stood where the first shot was fired and saw the actual gun used. Eddie was one of ther most fascinating guides having grown up during the 'Siege of Sarajevo' and he shared so many crucial facts from a local point of view which amazed and shcoked me at the same time. Sarajevo was incredible. The people here were so friendly and welcoming yet had experienced one of the worst histories in the world. Upon walking around the centre of the old town you couldnt help but feel like you were back in the Ottoman times. The smells of sheesha, the bright colours, the hand craft stalls and the smell of local sweet and savoury delicacies roamed the streets. As the picture shows, the sign on the street of the old town states Where East Meets West and this couldnt be more true. I was so overwhelmed by all the contrasts in this city, all the real stories and the remains of the war that I was seeing before my eyes. I honestly couldnt wait to return for a longer time to explore more.