Lukomir, the highest and most isolated village in Bosnia and Herzegovina, on the southern slopes of mountain Bjelasnica near Sarajevo is located at about 1,500 meters above sea level.
Driving along the narrow macadam road from the gloomy and chilly Sarajevo, nadolu Agency (AA) visited the isolated, but in many ways mythical Lukomir.
At the entrance of the village they were welcomed by pleasant and hospitable residents who were preparing to leave the village in about 20 days.
For two years they leave Lukomir and go to the city because, as villagers of this small village say, winter here is very severe and access to the countryside is very difficult.
Lukomir is unique in many ways, primarily by old stone houses more than 200 years old.
This village, undoubtedly deserves the epithet of the "last real Bosnian village".
By building the first seasonal settlements, which later evolved into the present village, people from families Comor and Maslesa became the oldest inhabitants of the village.
Ismet Comor (70) has been living in the village since his birth.
"It's bad to live here. One has to deal with agriculture, cattle breeding, and when the snow falls, unless we have prepared the food for the family and cattle, it is very difficult to survive," Comor told AA.
"For the last two years, no one stays in the village during winter. We come back in April," said Comor adding that "inabout 20 days we will be leaving Lukomir and then no one will be here."
Mina Maslesa (55) said that Lukomir was beautiful at summer time, but during winter it was very much different. When it snows there was no one in the village.
"I was born here and lived here during the summer, but in winter I stay in Sarajevo," said Mina, dressed in traditional clothes which is becoming less popular in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Speaking of the village 50 years ago, Mina said that back then there were many young people and 45 households.
"Now, after the war, the youth is gone, houses are demolished and the roads are bad," she said adding that this summer there were 22 households in Lukomir.
Quite a bit of tradition is preserved in Lukomir in her opinion.
Mina added that Lukomir was so old that no one knew when it was built.
"My grandfather lived here for 65 years, father lived for 84, and none of them remembers when the house in which they lived and where I live now was built. Certainly it was built more than 250 years ago," explained Mina.
Recalling the winters when she was a girl, she said that they were tough but tolerable because many more poeple stayed in the village.
Nura Comor has been living in Lukomir for the past 85 years. After the death of her husband and seven children she was left alone.
Recalling Lukomir from earlier times, Nura said that "some of the houses were built when I came, but some are hundreds of years old. My house is also more than a hundred years old."
Speaking of tradition she stated that it was not preserved well.
Nura knits wool socks, plants the garden and thus survives.
"In the past Lukomir was such a beautiful place to live. Cows, sheeps, horses, arranged fields, mown grass...and now it's all abandoned," said Nura.
She added that winter was approaching and that she should "go to the city," but she was not truly happy.
She still loves her village and fears that upcoming days of snow could separate her from it.
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