Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosna i Hercegovina, Босна и Херцеговина, usually shortened to BiH) is a European country located on the Balkan peninsula. It was formerly part of Yugoslavia but gained independence in 1992. It borders Croatia to the north, west and southwest, Serbia to the east and Montenegro to the southeast. Mostly mountainous, it has access to a tiny portion of the Adriatic Sea coastline in the south.


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People from the Balkans are very friendly and may help you a lot. They may not only pay you a drink (Notice that in the Balkans countries, one person pays the drinks for all the people drinking together! So either pay for everybody or enjoy your free drink!), but they might accommodate you at their place.

In Bosnia, you will find a lot of partially built/destroyed houses (war!) where it is often possible to sleep (many of them still have a roof). Those houses are empty for years and are often quite clean, so a mattress and a sleeping bag may be enough to spend a good night. See the article Squatting abandoned places.

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Country has one of the most severe land mine problems in the world and accidents happen every year. Be aware that serious flooding in May 2014, shifted some land mines, and also shifted some notices marking unsafe or cleared areas. Walking off the road into the bushes on a spot you are not familiar with is not a good idea. Stick to paths, tire tracks and well grazed fields.

In the war houses were often rigged with mines as their owners fled during the war. If something looks "too abandoned", stay away from it. In general, any area which seems visited recently is safe to go, but any area which is all overgrown, and clearly not visited by anyone for a decade is not to be trusted until locals confirm it's safe.

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