In Jelsa we met Reuben, Margot, Tiana & Brody, a Kiwi family from Auckland travelling the world for a year. Spent an entertaining night with Jet & Jeroen our Dutch hitchhikers, trying to break through the language barrier with Fillip, the local man whose backyard we camped in outside Mostar. Fillip gifted us with fresh vegetables from his garden. Explored Mostar’s beautiful cobbled Stari Grad, still showing scars from the Yugoslavian war, and saw a local man jump the 21m off Mostar’s Stari Most. Farewelled Jet & Jeroen in war-blemished Sarajevo.
Drove 20km along a rarely travelled, unpaved one lane road in the middle of nowhere in Bosnia & Herzegovina during twilight. Our way was lit by lightening and a multitude of fireflies as we journeyed through primitive stone tunnels surrounded by unspoilt forest, gorge, mountain and river scenery, and the roadside was littered with dozens of land mines mere metres away.
Were warmly welcomed into a family run campsite in a pear brandy orchard in Kremna, Serbia. Experienced the vast green Serbian countryside on the Sargan Eight steam train ride. Wild camped for a few days beside the now calm Danube River bordering Serbia and Romania.
Were too hot to move for ten days in Aurel Vlaicu with the temperature at an unrelenting 35. Wild camped for four nights in a picturesque mountain scene, a replica from Lord of the Rings, right down to the untouched stream, striking boulders and native bush, all found halfway along Romania’s Transfagarasan - Top Gear’s alleged best road in the world. Wandered through Bran Castle in Transylvania - enchanting in facade, Victorian in furnishing, and haunted in literature as the gothic home of Dracula.