Zagreb & Banja Luka

After Ljubljana I reached Zagreb (capital of Croatia) by train. Arrived at the hostel I had some fun…

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Alcool is not the most important part of a tour, so a bit of sightseeing, even if at 2am is necessary…

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…and as football is an important hobby for myself, why not to check the local football stadium of dinamo zagreb?

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During this night city tour I could realize that 1) cinderella is still alive and lives in zagreb 2) someone in zagreb likes Maradona as in Napoli we all do!

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Zagreb is a vibrant city, with a medieval ‘old city’ that has reminiscent of Vienna, Budapest, Prague and other Central-European capitals for its architecture and narrow cobbled streets. Gornji grad, (Upper Town) and Donji grad (Lower Town) are the cultural, religious, and commercial hubs of Zagreb. Most of the restaurants, bars and tourist attractions are located there. The Upper Town, is the medieval core of the city. There are many fast-food, pizza-cut, sandwich bars arround the city. Most are located in the city center. Local fast food is called burek a salty pie filled with minced meat/cheese/spinach. All bakeries (pekara) serve it, is cheap and delicious. Other specialties is called cevapi, small grilled sausages served in a pita bread. Delicious. You can also find many kebabs and pancake-to-go places. There are many good coffee shops, which do not serve food.  Zagrebites seem to like to sit and linger over coffee, but eat on the go. Many bars and clubs are located around Flover square (Cvjetni trg), the main square (Trg Bana Josipa Jelačića), Preradovićeva, Tkalčićeva, Radićeva, Bogovićeva, and Gajeva streets.

After two days of fun with people met at the hostel and from the city I continued my balkan tour, destination Banja Luka and Republika Srpska, by bus, during an heavy snow storm…and a boring passport check, crossing the bosnia border.

What is interesting about this country: Bosnia suffered a war, during 1992-1995, when ex jugoslavia split itself in many republics. Nowadays bosnia is a federation of 2 entities: federation of Bosnia-herzegovina (maggiority is muslim bosniaks) and Republika Srpska (bosnian republic of serbia, mostly with orthodox serbs). Together with bosniak muslims, orthodox serbs there is a third ethnic group: christian croats.

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Thankfully in Banja Luka I met a new friend, Arcibald and an interesting city

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Of course I couldn’t miss the chance to visit the local football stadium…

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…and try the local version of cevapi. This is a ‘must-to-do’ (together with serbian jelen pivo)

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