The problems on the BA computer system left Martin sat in the lounge at Zagreb airport, fingers crossed his journey home has resumed, all very frustrating as the rest of the trip went pretty well like clock work. I've been catching up on a number of issues and emails ranging from family history and DNA matches through to EBay sales. There is a lot to look back at and I'm already downloading the results from my filming in the Balkans this week. There should be three DVDs one each on Zagreb, Osijek and Sarajevo. Looking at the Youtube channel we are quickly heading for 30M views as the site seems to be going from strength to strength with subs and views zooming up which is good news as this creats the revenue which goes towards trips like that just completed. I got back home early afternoon as the heat wave in the UK subsided and temperatures seem to have flopped down to those experienced in Bosnia where a pullover and coat were required at times. Whilst catching up on jobs we went out to the bank and farm shop and called in at the church to record the progress this week, looking really good now and the window cleaner Tim Ashbrook has kindly cleaned the bell tower window which was filthy and it now reflects the stained glass window opposite, thanks Tim for declining any payment. Tuesday Mandy is meeting with the builder and architect on site to help level and position the stones being used to link access to the building with the rebuilt path. The lime render on the building looks good and will weather naturally along with the oak beams you can see.
I might as well go backwards through the Balkans trip so let's have a look at Sarejevo first, mostly the trams and trolleys were in a pretty appalling state, even a dose of water would have helped. There is a day ticket on all transport available and we got our value out of them but I don't think standard 'tourists' even venture on to the trams , buses or trolleys let alone discover day tickets. We did the run out on the 103 trolley which crosses the inter entity boundary line with Rep Srpska but little activity at the bus station just beyond other than 'rescuing' some lads who had arrived by car share at the wrong place for a connection to Mostar but I told them that it was trolley then tram to the railway station and the bus station was then very close- I hope they found it. The was a lot less use of Cyrillic script in Srpska since I went shortly after the war/siege. How about the new train sets, a pity they can't run through to Zagreb. Dinners ready, more tomorrow! Note ex Instabul buses.
PMP Sponsors of POPS bus rally.