The Monkey’s considerable diplomatic talents were no match for some grumpy border guards when he tried to visit Bosnia i Hercegovina in 2002. Luckily, the border was unguarded at the country’s tiny coastline.
In June 2002, the Monkey attempted to travel in Bosnia i Hercegovina. He intended to visit the medieval city of Mostar, once renowned for its 16th Century Turkish bridge (unfortunately destroyed by Croat shelling in the war for which all of Bosnia i Hercegovina is now renowned). He planned to visit Blagaj, the site of the mountaintop castle from whence Hercegovina (the southern part of the modern state) was ruled until the Ottoman conquest in the mid-15th Century. He might even have gone elsewhere.
Lamentably, the Monkey’s Bulgarian traveling companion was unable to obtain a transit visa to enter Bosnia i Hercegovina at the border. After refusing the Monkey’s Bulgarian friend entry, the grumbling border guards suggested that she should contact the BiH embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria in order to obtain the necessary visa in advance before her next visit. But —oops— there is no BiH embassy in Sofia!
Despite the effectively closed borders elsewhere, the Monkey and his companions were able to cross into BiH at its seaside with not so much as a speed bump to stop them. Alas, for now, these photos of the Monkey in the sliver of Bosnia i Hercegovina that connects the nearly-landlocked country to the Adriatic Sea will have to do. Fear not, people of Bosnia i Hercegovina: the Monkey will be back, and next time his traveling companions will sort out their visas beforehand. If only they can track down a BiH embassy somewhere…
The Monkey stops for a photo at the edge of Neum, Bosnia i Hercegovina’s only sea port. Five minutes later he was back in Croatia.
Bosnia i Hercegovina is saved from being landlocked by a 5 kilometer-wide corridor that reaches the Adriatic Sea. Here the Monkey surveys the seascape.
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