Robert Visits Sarajevo, plus a Half Marathon

There is little I enjoy more right now than showing off Sarajevo to guests.

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, from the Yellow Fort

The hikes, cafes, museums, cable car (!)… the list of sites and experiences goes on and on, and all endear Sarajevo to those who make the trek to visit.

Cable Cars Climbing Mt Trebević in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Robert and I covered much of the city and surrounding area while Brendan worked – from mosques and churches (dating back to the 1400s) to the Sarajevsko Brewery Museum (the first industry introduced to  Bosnia) to the Olympic Bobsled Tracks.

Bobsled Tracks on Mt Trebević in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

And Sarajevo did not disappoint.

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
View of Sarajevo from Hecco Hotel Rooftop Restaurant

Robert was also interested in seeing a bit of Bosnia outside Sarajevo.  He had already been to Mostar, so we jumped in the car and drove up to Tuzla for some lunch and a stroll around town.

Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Tuzla’s main square

But then Sunday was upon us and it was time to go try to run 13 miles.  The Sarajevo Marathon Committee organized a fantastic route, including a lap around the track in the Sarajevo Stadium.  But I knew I had only trained for six miles (my times were great!), so the second half of the race was pretty much the worst seven miles of my life (my times were in the gutter).  Plus, the latter half of the course went right by our home, twice, which was a wee bit brutal.

Half Marathon, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Me. Dying.

But then it was over!  And it was time for pancakes!

Half Marathon, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

It was also time to say goodbye to Robert.  We loved having him in town and can’t wait for his next visit!

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