We left the mountains and made our way back to the main road. My friend Selma told me about an abandoned and partially destroyed school, a couple of miles further east. It is going to be an unusual sight for you, as far as schools go (it was for me as well).
The school dates back to the early 50s, and was constructed after World War II. The school was an elementary school called "Mirko Bijelica", and children went here, up to the fourth grade.
It's located right next to the road, so we didn't have a hard time looking for it. I hope you will enjoy the sights, and the finale of this series titled "Goodbye to the Past" will be posted on this Sunday!
This is a multi-part series. Other parts include:
Part One: The Drive East
Part Two: Inside the Village
Part Three: Plains and Mountains of Herzegovina
Part Four: The Abandoned School
Part Five: Goodbye to the Past
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Somewhere in the distance, life goes on...
The dark clouds we left behind, lingered in the distance. Where we were now the sun peaked out and provided much needed light.
Next to the school we saw this little house. No one is living in it, but it is in good condition.
I then looked further east, and saw more houses in the distance. With some abandoned and some inhabited, they proved to be the perfect setting for this series. The whole surroundings, despite the sunlight, were spooky and hauntingly quiet.
This is the school. The classrooms were in the middle of the building in the rectangular house. The roof has collapsed partially, and nature has mostly taken over. Again, dark clouds from the east were coming in. We were literally in the spotlight of sun.
Across the road, on the other side of the valley, the sun lit up the hills, turning the landscapes into the most glorious greens.
But I wasn't satisfied with just the exteriors. I had to get closer...
Inside the building you can see the effect of time and weather a bit better.
We even saw an abandoned school bus, right next to the school. It's incredible to me, that this still stands here, untouched and not moved away.
Eventually, small drops of rain, greeted us, and we packed up the gear and returned to the car. We were on our way to the final destination of our trip. And this time we were moving back west!
End of Part Four
To be continued...
Thanks for visiting. I wish you all a happy and relaxing weekend ahead. I'm purposefully not telling you what you will see in the last part of this series. Let's keep that a surprise. But let me assure you, we're going out on a big note. Until then...