Everyone knows of the War between Belgrade and Sarejevo, But now peaceful whats happening?
I came here from Budapest on December 18, 2009 and am staying with a friend Dajana. I cant read Cyrillic and had trouble contacting my friend as the train was 2 hours late from Budapest its because of the Snow Serbia can be very cold and at present the trains can run late because of the freezing conditions.
Arriving in Belgrade late at night just after a blizzard can be daunting but I did eventually find my friends place about a 1000 metres from the train station. She lives in a cosy loft apartment and has a job at a local hotel. But has a major but is having trouble finding work because of the embargos set by the EU. Apparently visas expire from midnight tonight and then Serbians will be able to travel in Europe without a Visa. Good thinking because it will help them with rebuilding.
I dont really want to re address their civil war but Belgrade or Beograd suffered also during the war and there are many buildings still just hollow shells from air bombardments and the rest. It is daunting to see this damage and reminds you that though we are in 2009+ WAR can affect Europe.
Surprisingly Serbians are warm and welcoming people, I am here only for a short while, but surprised by gentle hospitality and laughter.
Language is not such a problem trying to find eggs in the local supermarket I just made duk duk chicken noises and flapped my arms she took me to the deli for roasted Chicken and then I made out an egg coming out of Chickens bum! The sales lady rolled with laughter and finally took me too the aisle with eggs. It was so funny and she was endeared that I was trying to communicate. She gave me a big hug and I think in Serbian said "God Bless you?" Whatever through global interaction I made her day and in a way she made mine.
There are also cheap outdoor markets but only the strong at heart can brave the cold for long to venture across snow and ice.
Beograd is rising out of the ashes and I would like to come back in Spring. Food is really really cheap so it is worth a visit. I have really enjoyed this city and hopefully long time peace will remain in this region. I really enjoyed seeing my friend and visiting Beograd I would tick it as my YES VISIT box next time and they are trying to mend bridges. Train service just restored to Sarejevo and cheaper than the bus.
People tend to forget Eastern Europe but I believe it will be a hot spot of developing tourism as Western Europe inherent with social problems loses its lustre.