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The Creepiness of a Recent War Zone: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hercegovina

“Are you ready to go?” Charlie asked, grabbing his jacket.

“Sure, I am starv-”

A loud boom cut me off mid sentence. Charlie and I looked at each other. 5 seconds later, a huge explosion from less than 50 meters away shook the walls of our room in a Sarajevo apartment.

I lept up, heart in my throat, and rushed out of the room to the stairs and big window while Charlie jumped to look out the opening in our room. We both saw the same thing…smoke, and lots of it, pouring out across the trees and the cemetary below…all with headstones immortalizing the same dates of death: 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995…the four years the city was under seige.

At that moment, a wailing started, wafting through the windows. It was disembodied, eerie, faint and, at that moment, the most terrifying thing I had ever heard. “Courtney, we are going. Now.” Charlie’s voice was rough as we scrambled down the stairs.

My heart beating 200 beats a minute, adrenaline pumping, we looked at around the street. No one else seemed to be worried. Kids were playing on a nearby gym, the old women were moving just as slowly…no one else seemed to be reacting to the bang that had hurt our ears.

I looked at Charlie. “I wonder,” I murmered slowly, “if it is 6 p.m.”

Indeed, although no cannon was visable, the smoke was dissapating, and there were no other loud booms to shake the walls. The scary song dissolved into one hauntingly beautiful as it appeared to be from the speakers from the mosques, calling the Muslims to prayer. The rush of adrenaline and its rapid dissapearance left me weak. I cluched Charlie’s arm and let out a loud sigh. “I think this city’s history is getting to me.”

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-3 responses to “The Creepiness of a Recent War Zone: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hercegovina”

  1. KateL57 says:

    Hey Court,
    I’m glad you made it to Sarajevo but sorry this weird explosion happened! Did you find out what it was? I’d guess either a Yugo with engine trouble OR the mafia blowing up someone’s car (that happend a few years ago) 🙂 I hope you had some good Bosnian food and enjoyed the city anyhow – and let me know if you make it to Bratislava!

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