The inhabitants of Sarajevo have moved on from the four-year siege that shattered its buildings and their dreams, but not from the city that they love. Twenty years later, Sarajevo is rebuilt, and while its topographical beauty is what draws you in initially, it’s the humor and inventiveness of the city’s 400,000 residents that convinces you to stay. During our term in Bosnia & Herzegovina, we got to the heart of the conflict that tore Yugoslavia apart, pitting lifelong neighbors against each other, in many cases overnight. Each bullet hole that riddles the Bosnian landscape tells a tale, and we proceeded with open eyes and ears to places like Srebrenica, where the suffering was immeasurably acute.
To dwell on Sarajevo’s past would do the city a disservice, and we certainly enjoyed living in the present when it came to sampling the city’s many coffee shops and cevapi stands. As we indulged on these savory treats, we tried to decipher the minute differences in the Croatian, Serbian, and Bosnian languages being spoken around us, assuming every word was a love letter to our surroundings.
Student photography in Bosnia & Herzegovina