Now I wish I had gone to EXIT!

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


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Tuesday, August 8, 2006

Desperately needing to get out of Belgrade for the good of my liver and mental health - it was becoming easier and easier to do absolutely nothing all day until the drinking started - I took a day trip out to Novi Sad, a large-ish town to the north of Belgrade.

Despite being slightly confused as to what I was actually doing on the bus ride there (which, incidentally, took far longer than expected), Novi Sad turned out to be quite a nice town. Well, the centre was nice. Beyond the fringes, it turned a bit unpleasant, but the main pedestrianised area was really quite a good place to spend a relaxed few hours. Unlike Belgrade, it was vaguely attractive if nothing special, and the student sense of humour seemed oddly familiar there. With a lack of traffic cones to place on statues, they made a decent job of defacing local monuments with a conveniently sized bottle being placed in the grip of the statue of what I think was a consequential mayor of the town's history. I say 'what I think' because the tourist office lady provided me with a german info booklet instead of english. I'm beginning to wonder if I'm losing my accent for something entirely indistinct, as this sort of thing keeps on happening to me.

Having explored the centre some, I made my way across the Danube to the solidly impressive Petrovaradinska citadel. A mass of tiered walls atop a hill overlooking the river, in fully justifies the nickname "the Gibralter of the Danube". I can't imagine how anyone would have gone about attacking this fortification, so well protected from all sides. Once the only defence this city would have needed, one of its main functions now is to host the EXIT festival every year. I had considered going this year, as I wasn't so far away, but didn't in the end for various reasons. I wish I had now, just to see this place transformed into dozens of stages and media tents. It must have been quite a surreal experience for those that did attend. There's always next year! Or the year after.....;)
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jelenamaric
jelenamaric on

This is not mayor!!!
The statue on your picture isn't a mayor. Actulally this is Svetozar Miletic, a man who was very important for Serbian history, in the time when the Hungarians ruled in Vojvodina and Novi Sad. And he isn't drunk, with his hand he is threatening to the statue of one Austrian solgder , which is set at the building across of it.
Thanx
Jelena
Novi Sad

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