Sunday, 15 March 2009

A first time for everything...

It was an afternoon for firsts. I dropped my parents of at Dubrovnik Airport at the end of their first trip to Bosnia Herzegovina. As I drove up the coast road I realised I was following the first Albanian car I’d seen. (It was a Ford Mondeo – which somehow seemed appropriately global!) Suddenly it started slowing down and I realised I was about to see my first road accident since we’ve moved. (It was a Croatian one, as I hadn’t crossed the border, so maybe that doesn’t count?) Sadly a big white Mercedes had taken a serious side swipe from a small anonymous-looking car that had buried its tiny bonnet into the other’s door. Air bags had deployed but it didn’t look like anyone had been hurt.

For the first time I took a right turn in Neum and headed home up over the mountains. I had heard various reports about the road. I don’t know what I expected but what I got was a pay-attention drive that would have served well as a stage on Sega Rally. A Hyundai Matrix is not a rally car – nor do I claim to be a rally driver. I enjoyed myself without attempting anything crazy or stupid, which is just as well. On one of the downhill sections I rounded a corner to see two Police officers standing in the road, obviously waiting for a customer. That I subsequently found them to be very polite and not the least intimidating was a pleasant surprise. But I can’t add that to the list because it was the second time that’s happened.

3 comments:

fraught mummy said...

That's the first car accident you've seen since you've been in Bosnia? Seriously? The Mostar drivers must be a whole lot better than the Tuzlan ones. Did you get the Pazi kako vozis campaign complete with wrecked cars in Mostar too?

WeDoAdventure said...

Ok, so I remember seeing a car that had just put itself in a ditch but this was the first involving two vehicles. We did the Pazi kako vozis campaign - who put a couple of other cars in ditches just south of the town.

fraught mummy said...

Maybe we've just had bad luck or the Tuzla Sarajevo road is a particular black spot. We are always getting caught in long waits following big smashes. Actually we got caught in one down near Mostar as well a couple of months back. But, it isn't that much worse that the M40 I guess. I don't think the pazi kako vozis campaign did much good, we saw a smash under one of the signs (police still there measuring away).