“Arijan Kurbasic, the manager of the War Hostel Sarajevo in the Bosnian capital, knows that his idea of hospitality is not to everyone’s taste and is ready to relax the house rules a bit.

He will, for example, turn down the volume on a sound system that, day and night, fills the place with the din of gunfire and explosions.

Getting to sleep can still be a challenge: There are no beds, only thin mattresses on the floor with no pillows or sheets, and heavy, scratchy blankets that create the feeling of sleeping with a dead horse.

The décor is hardly soothing — lots of guns and, in one room, a poster screaming “Death” and “The End.”” (NY Times)