A little diversion

Trip Start Nov 15, 2005
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Trip End Aug 15, 2008


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Saturday, December 17, 2005

I believe I mentioned meeting a good group of people in Budapest? Well, David needed to get down to Istanbul and couldn't go via Romania (visa troubles), so decided to go via Serbia instead. Cutting a not very long, but slightly intoxicated story short, Ashley, Yuji and I decided to go along to Belgrade with him for a few days. Have to love being flexible with the travel plans :)

After a nervous minute or two crossing the border (apparently the border guards weren't too happy when Yuji took a picture of us all lined up ready to be searched), Serbia has been one of the most friendly places I've been. I didn't really see all that much of the city, the weather not being exactly conducive to sightseeing for the most part, and wasn't that taken with what I did see - more Bucharest than Budapest. However, the people here are incredible! Within a few hours of getting into the country, we had already met a few people living there who were more than happy to show us around for a couple of days. I doubt we would have had a chance to sample the local delicacy, plyaskavitsa, otherwise. Imagine the best burger in the world, ever, and you're nearly there. I even met a couple of jugglers who invited me along to a juggling meet, great to have a spin even if I was a little rusty from the lack of recent practice.

I have to say, the night life in Belgrade is superb! The city seems full of small, funky bars in really obscure places (there was one in the same building as our hostel), none of which you would have any chance of finding unless you knew they were there. Very useful to have people around who did know where they were! The only problem I had was that I don't smoke. Literally everyone else there does. There's very little (if anything) in the way of ventilation. Given that I had only brought one change of clothes, all I thought I needed for a few days in Belgrade, I stank of smoke for the next 3 days. Not very pleasant, but well worth it.

It was a shame when I had to leave, but I don't think my body could have coped with much more alcohol!
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