Leaving Dubrovnik, we crossed the border several times into Bosnia-Herzegovina. There is a seven mile stretch of land to the coast that we had to cross B-H, return to Croatia, then cross into B-H again. This small spit of Bosnia-Herzegovina is the result of the Croatians paying off the Ottoman Turks years and years ago to keep th3e Venetians at bay. The Croats paid tribute for years, but the strip of land they gave has had some modern day repercussions. Biljana told us that in the high season there can be many buses in the lane waiting to go through the border check. The current plan is for Croatia to build a bridge over the bay to circumvent the need to go through the borders. Right now the long wait time is bad for tourism.
There was a lot of checking of passports since Croatia is a EU country and B-H is not. We were on our way to Sarajevo, but we had an afternoon stop in Mostar, the place where the famous bridge was destroyed during the 90s war. We were able to see a video about the destruction of the bridge at a book store we visited after walking over the bridge.
The bridge now has been rebuilt and is quite lovely. The old town has recovered, and there is lots of shopping of local products. We are sampling a lot of the local cuisine and learning a lot of the history of the area. It is hoped that the bridge will remain a symbol of healing and tolerance once again.