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Reisverslag Balkan Frenzy Pt. 1
26 juni 2014
Balkan Frenzy Pt. 1
Although both Bosnia and Croatia have been sent home already, the matches I watched with the local population were nothing short of amazing, owing to the ardour with which the goals in favor of the team were celebrated (the lethal fireworks tossed around will stay with me) and the zeal with which the opposing team was cursed for their every questionable move.
Although I do not give a shit about football of course, it is hard to remain impassive. I watched NL-AUS in a Zagreb beer hall, jeering at the Aussies who were in town to watch the match, as I was part of a small band of enthousiasts who supported Holland dressed in orange. To be fair, I was the only one without an orange shirt, and the only one speaking Dutch.
Hitchhiking took me from Vienna (thanks Gloria Mayer and also Pip Tablilla for awesome times and hospitality) to Zagreb and to Banja Luka, where I enjoyed the boundless hospitality of Георге Карађорђе Мандић who showed me around in his Yugo and brought me home to his family in the Bosnian countryside to the consternation of his sister but to my utter enjoyment, as I got to see the friendliness and day to day life in a small village in Srpska.
Finally took my first bus from Banja Luka to Sarajevo, as hitchhiking was all but impossible: the 200 km journey to the capital through impressive gorges and impossibly built villages on the steep wooded hillsided is considered to be an extraordinary journey rather than a two hour drive as it would be in the Netherlands. Finding a driver headed for Sarajevo was considered a fruitless but entertaining enterprise by the local population, who took their time to get comfortable as they watched me trying to smile my way into getting a driver to stop for me on a sun-blasted crossroad.
My time is filled with reading (Shantaram is highly recommended), playing guitar, giving free guitar lessons and hiking through the cities/countryside.
And of course drinking and spending my time with an endless variety of people.
Tomorrow I will hitchhike to Mostar with an Australian backpacker, after which I will travel to Dubrovnik to play the tourist crowds with professional busker Bernie Bolt. If the current planning holds, I will then meet up with the one and only Jan Deijns in Podgornica to party through the two countries that have not yet been crossed of the list: Montenegro and Albania.
26 juni 2014 15:18 | Door: Joeri Dassen
Hee Wouter! Klinkt als een mooi avontuur. Je volgt je eigen pad, en dat brengt je op bijzondere plaatsen. Ook liften is geweldig, blijven doen! En de muziek maakt jou bijzonder, die passie kun je mooi delen op je reis. Enjoy the trip! Groet, Joeri
26 juni 2014 19:29 | Door: Joeri
Als de ene Joeri reageert kan de andere niet achterblijven; Wouter = gay. En verder, mooie trip man, de landen waar je nu bent en doorheen gaat komen daar zijn Jelle en ik ook ooit met veel plezier doorheen gelift, geweldige natuur in Montenegro en de meest vriendelijke mensen in Albanië, enjoy!!