Ramadan nights in Sarajevo

This past weekend we went out a few times, and it was different from going out on weekends anywhere else I have ever been. After talking to a number of people, it seems that this is due to Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and one of the Five Pillars of Islam. During this month, Muslims fast during the day and do not drink any alcohol. However, people around the city have suggested that once Ramadan is over that people will come out and drink and party at night.

Despite that, we had some good/interesting times going out. Frequently, places we thought would or should be open were, in fact, closed. One notable example is a bar called Pussy Galore, which apparently was an awesome bar open last year but is moving to a different location this summer. Additionally, I learned that rakije (a fruit brandy popular in Bosnia and the surrounding region) is not a drink to be played around with after drinking a little too much one night.

Now here is a haiku:

Ramadan no fun

Rakije is dangerous

Pussy galore closed

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