Banja Luka

#2
Depends what you want.

Good education facilities. Good evening courses. Fantastic gym, open most hours.
Food good, mobile cinema frequently. Locals sell trinkets and CDs / DVDs. Beware, all are pirated.
Get a trip to Sarajevo.
Internet cafe and from memory, medcen has 2 Internet links.
Social life. Nil.

Might see you there, if I get selected myself. I was there in 04, and had a great time.
 
#3
ITS F***ING COLD
 
#5
Ah, one of those places where anything female is automatically attractive due to the scarcity of totty rather than their 'stunning good looks'????
 
#6
I dont think he meant that. There is a difference between desperation and stupidity. Depends on what you want out of your tour. I had a great time, got a little bit fit, ate too much and got a little bit fat, did not drink much. Watched too much TV, all the corimecs have Sky, BFBS etc. I got out and saw the town (market is good but everything is mickey mouse so be careful), saw Sarajevo twice (lovely city and get to the brewery for a meal, well worth it), saw a fair bit of the countryside in the summer and it is beautiful if you get away from the dump of BLMF . Enjoy it.
 
#7
All the CD/DVD stalls had been shut down last time I was there about 18 months ago. As has been said, it's worth getting out to visit Sarajevo and Banja Luka itself. If you're not a vegetarian, a meal at Lovacki Bar is unmissable (and cheap).
 
#8
Show how much things have changed then!

saw Sarajevo twice (lovely city and get to the brewery for a meal, well worth it

it's worth getting out to visit Sarajevo and Banja Luka itself. If you're not a vegetarian, a meal at Lovacki Bar is unmissable (and cheap).
Last time I went for a drive around Sarajevo it was anything but lovely. Lively yes but not lovely. :)
 
#9
SKY ? bars ? Sun tans and social life ?

last time I was there they where shelling the sh@t out of it !

(scuttles off back to British legion)
 
#10
LadyHamilton said:
Off on first deployment to Banya Luka in couple of months - any advice for a newbie PQO ?????
first deployment? newbie PQO??

in a previous thread you said you would see us at the WOs & Sgts P&P dinner:

In the RAMC Past Dinner thread LadyHamilton said:
Thanks for that Filbert - may see you in April
how could you have made it to senior rank within the AMS (prior to PQO commisioning) and never been on a deployment before?!! Fablon sick chit? Or is it just your first time in Bosnia?
 
#11
Here a Pic of BLMF Med Centre a place you will learn to love :lol: :lol:



I have a few more, but a green corrimec is a green corrimec is a etc etc, you get the idea!
 
#12
bobos said:
Depends what you want.

Good education facilities. Good evening courses. Fantastic gym, open most hours.
Food good, mobile cinema frequently. Locals sell trinkets and CDs / DVDs. Beware, all are pirated.
Get a trip to Sarajevo.
Internet cafe and from memory, medcen has 2 Internet links.
Social life. Nil.

Might see you there, if I get selected myself. I was there in 04, and had a great time.
Gee how it has changed...in olden days it was random boxes of books from the Church Army, no evening freedom as a "light schedule" involved working 12 on, 12 off except during the elections when it was overdrive, nobody allowed to leave camp even for runs, sniper in the orchard above the volleyball court, Balkan unloads from the VRS barbecue site up the road, did get trip to Sarajevo but wished I hadn't when the grass around the Hotel Turbe caught fire and ignited the landmines, interwhat? Sometimes Wavell worked. Social life - two can rule which then became zero tolerance. Oh and they sent us "Fish out of Marillion" and Miss Venezuela in some bizzare entertainment package. The locals? How they hated us...
 
#13
Sorry Cuddles, I was trying to boost Lady Hamiltons impression of the place. So, I exagerated a little bit. Locals hated us in 04, and probably still do
 
#14
bobos said:
Sorry Cuddles, I was trying to boost Lady Hamiltons impression of the place. So, I exagerated a little bit. Locals hated us in 04, and probably still do
At least they had the decency not to shoot at you, like they did in 95/96. Frankly BLMF is a hole, where were God to deliver an enema then he would place the tube right there - X -

Actually I was lucky, I got to travel around a fair bit on one of my LO jobs. Ooh there wasn't a mass grave that I didn't know the location of. For some reason the Regular officer who had that job gave it up during high summer...sinus troubles I think!
 
#15
I was there in 04, and orderly officer when we had bit of incoming fire. Must say I dont think I have ever moved so fast. I keep in touch with civs out there and hear that although it is sitll a hole, plans are afoot to wind the place up and move to Butmir. I was hoping to get a tour in this year, but unllikely at the moment.
 
#17
Much depends on your rank or status. Compared to Tidworth, it is a 5-star hotel, believe me, as I was in Tidworth in October. Advice, take an MP3 player. Take plenty of gym kit as it is good, take a good camera (digital is better). Personally, I liked BLMF but then I am a person of simple taste.
 
#18
Long time ago the canadians used to be good for "surf and turf" on a Thursday night.

If you cross over to the east bank and head up the Vrbas north of BL a few clicks, there is a country restaraunt with dinning rooms and balconies overlooking the river. ( not that you will want sit outside at the moment)

Apparently they do good game out there.

Its Ok apart from a few of plummy brits in Gurnseys and Boden catalogue atire :wink:

If you can find any Norwegians, then you might find a freezer full of lobster, prawns and smoked salmon close by.

If you are thinking about buying some CDs you might like to have a look here: FACT

Never mind about how much the UK treasury and the industry are losing, have a think about who is really creaming the profits off all these CD stands. < nice Audi Gospsodin >
 
#20
Green Corimecs....Sky TV........Educational facilities?????

Fcuk me.....My memories of Banja Luka was getting brassed up everynight and freezing in the gym.....
 

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