Wednesday weekly post: Novi Sad and Petrovardin

On the 2-nd of September, I’ve introduced Wednesday weekly posts.

These posts are dedicated to the destinations I’ve travelled to, probably, some time ago. Maybe, even, a year or two ago. The posts will be about the sightseeing places, people, my adventures, namely – everything that can be connected with travelling. Are you interested? Do you want to give it a try? Feel free to subscribe to this blog, or just the tag “Wednesday Weekly Post”.

And yes, you’ve got it right – the posts will appear on Wednesdays 😉

P. S. : This doesn’t mean that I won’t post stuff on the rest of the days, if I have what to post.

Feel free to leave any feedback! I would love to read anything from you!


I refer you to the beginning of my Serbian adventures. Last week I’ve told you about Belgrade, some habits of Serbs and their attitude to foreigners.

It would be too boring to stay in a single city for the whole week, so we’ve planned to go to Novi Sad. Apparently, there was a town Petrovardin that was accessible from Novi Sad by foot, so we’ve managed to kill two birds with one stone and visited the both.

But first things first, we needed to somehow get to Novi Sad. There were two options for us: either to go by bus, or to use the train. Not knowing anything about both, trains and buses in Serbia, we’ve decided to go by train.

Generally, it is very easy to get from Belgrade to Novi Sad by train. You don’t even need to check the timetable, because the trains go approximately every hour. The ticket costs for about 10 US dollars.

The train does a few stops on the way to Novi Sad. A typical railway station of a small town looks like this.

IMG_2139In 1.5-2 hours you’ll arrive to Novi Sad.

The city doesn’t look like Belgrade. It reminds of “old town” districts of the cities like Wroclaw, Warsaw or Prague. There are no major graffiti, that makes it a bit more “noble”. Like all small towns, Novi Sad has its’ own provincial charm.

IMG_2156 IMG_2150 IMG_2168There is a very nice park in Novi Sad, near from the bridge connecting this town with Petrovardin.

IMG_2180 IMG_2176 IMG_2186Near the bridge there is a memorial sign related to the victims of the armed conflict with NATO. Well, in this case, related to the victim of the particular bombardment – the bombardment of the bridge that we are going to cross. This is one more evidence that Serbs do remember all that the armed forces of EU and NATO has done to them about 15 years ago.

IMG_2190Look from the bridge is promising.

IMG_2195The main reason why people go to Petrovardin is that there is a fortress on the hill with an observation court in the upper part. When you cross the bridge, there will be two options for you – either to go to the observation court or to climb a hill in order to see abandoned part of the fortress inside.

We’ve decided to do the both.

IMG_2205 IMG_2220And here are the looks for which we walked in the different town.

Novi Sad.

IMG_2303 IMG_2318Petrovardin.

IMG_2326Time to get back to Novi Sad.

IMG_2334Perhaps you’ve noted that I haven’t told anything new about Serbs and their lifestyle. The reason is, though these two towns are completely different, the lifestyle of the people is completely the same.

My train to Belgrade was delayed by 50 minutes without any notification. I’ve got confused and asked a woman sitting nearby, whether there will be any train to Belgrade at all. She said that she actually waits for the same train but don’t know when it will arrive.

Later on, I was told that train timetables doesn’t mean much in Europe.

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Wednesday weekly post: Belgrade, Serbia

On the 2-nd of September, I’ve introduced Wednesday weekly posts.

These posts are dedicated to the destinations I’ve travelled to, probably, some time ago. Maybe, even, a year or two ago. The posts will be about the sightseeing places, people, my adventures, namely – everything that can be connected with travelling. Are you interested? Do you want to give it a try? Feel free to subscribe to this blog, or just the tag “Wednesday Weekly Post”.

And yes, you’ve got it right – the posts will appear on Wednesdays 😉

P. S. : This doesn’t mean that I won’t post stuff on the rest of the days, if I have what to post.

Feel free to leave any feedback! I would love to read anything from you!


An Immigration officer quickly put an enter stamp in the passport. Going forward, nobody has put an exit stamp. Perhaps, I “almost” have a freedom of movement in Serbia.

During the peak hours, the teenagers ask car drivers to clear the car’s windshield. Not for free, of course.

IMG_1987 IMG_1988Serbia is carefree. When we’ve arrived to the house when we were going to rent an apartment, we’ve figured out that there’s no any sign to the apartment. We’ve had to call to the host and ask him for the details. It was actually my fault, because when I asked him before he just told me that we will be OK and won’t get lost for sure, and I trusted him. None of us had a cellphone with roaming enabled, so the only way for us was to catch someone local who would be kind enough to give a cellphone to us.

Sadly, there was nobody on the street, so we’ve entered a small shop. The cashier who was alone in the shop was able to understand what do we want but right after she did, she pretended she doesn’t understand us and started to speak something in Serbian. A guy, who entered the shop was able to speak English, but accidentally he didn’t have a cellphone! So if you want to visit a European country where people don’t have cellphones nowadays, come to Serbia, guys.

Finally, we went to the bar where nobody understood us and nobody was like to help. But then, after we’ve said something in Russian, one of the guys has finally given us the cellphone. That is how I first got acquainted with The Cult of Russia in Serbia.

In some things, Belgrade is similar to Lisbon. For example, it has lots of graffiti.

IMG_1999 IMG_2005 IMG_2011 IMG_2061In general, it is very nice for street-art lovers.

IMG_2356IMG_2030In one of previous posts I’ve left this picture.

IMG_2347Serbian houses doesn’t have flat numbers at the intercom. Instead, they have surnames. Whan a family buys a flat the previous owner’s surname gets replaced with the new one.

IMG_1990It is amazing how Belgrade manages to keep the balance between a classical “European old town” and ex-USSR town (although it is not). Inside of the old castle there were 5 drunk guys singing Yugoslavian songs and playing on guitar.

Later on, on the opposite side of the castle we’ve met a guy who tried to learn where are we from. He was very happy when we told him that we’re from Russia (although we’re not, but it was embarrassing to upset the man). He tried to remember Russian words like “Brat” (brother) and “Pra~vosla~vie” (orthodoxy). All in all, these words did not have much sense, but it was a pleasure to see that somebody is so glad to see you. The man wished us to have a good time and we went next.

I will recommend Serbia to all my friends who speak Russian because so far this is the only place where you feel like a honoured guest. I should clarify that it is not like a resort or a tourist reservation where people are nice to you only because you pay them. Here, people are glad to see Russian guys just because they love them.

By the way, about the orthodoxy. Belgrade has one of the largest orthodox churches.

IMG_2047 IMG_2052Belgrade is generally good for church-lovers.

IMG_2073Even as for a Russian-speaking guy there still was a fly in the ointment. Serbia is a heavily smoking country. Smoking is allowed literary everywhere: in the restaurants, in the hotels, in the rooms, in all the public places. I wonder if the national airlines allow onboard smoking as well. If somewhere smoking is prohibited, that means that you haven’t yet found the premise for smokers.

It was really frustrating. Suppose you’re walking, and, at some moment feel hungry. You will most probably go to the nearest cafe or a low-end restaurant to have a dinner. And all of them appear to be smoking-allowed ones. Finally you give up, thinking that it will be OK for you as long as you’re eating on the terrace. No, it won’t because the rain begins.

The WiFi in your four-star hotel works extremely bad. You quit your room and take your laptop to the lobby, again, breathing all this stench. Even at the buffet breakfast. The smokers spoil nearly everything in Belgrade!

Perfectly, you just need to avoid this “smoking is allowed” sign.

IMG_2342The picture may vary.

You’re probably tired of my cool “how I felt like a dear guest in Serbia” stories. But anyway I will tell one more. One of the guys I’ve travelled with had a birthday during our travel. We went outside to find a cake or something so we can celebrate it. We were just speaking about something, when a guy approached us and asked: “Rossiya?” (Russia?). This time I’ve decided to answer honestly, so I’ve said “Belarus”. But the guy was unstoppable. “Oh, Rus’! Rus’! We are brothers, you and me.”, he said. “Rossiya, brat!” (Russia is a brother), “Ya lubly Rossiyu” (I love Russia). He tried to hug me and said that he invited us to have a treat with him, that he likes Russia so much, well, and so on. I’ve politely refused. He felt more sad, but anyway, when we’ve left he shouted “Thank you, Russia!”. For skeptics, nothing was stolen from the pockets.

Well, there is no place where people love Russia and Russians that much. Not even in Russia.

As for European Union and NATO, Serbians hate them. Maybe “hate” is not such a suitable word, because they bring money, but the state is like this.

This is one of the government buildings.

IMG_2042If you come closer to the stands in the left corner, you will see lots of people’ photos along with the text: “European Union and NATO ignores Serbian victims”.

The ruins also help Serbians not to forget about the bombardments.

IMG_2091Some more in the centre of the town.

IMG_2109 IMG_2110But in general, the town is calm and beautiful. It reminds me of Russian town Smolensk.

IMG_2097Nikola Tesla is the #1 person in Serbia. He is printed on 100 dinar banknote, and you can also meet social ads like “Welcome to Serbia – the motherland of Nikola Tesla”. There is also a good Tesla Museum with electricity experiments.

IMG_2424At last, I’ve suddenly managed to get to a party dedicated to 10 years Microsoft Development Center Serbia anniversary.

IMG_2376 IMG_2388 Before I went to Serbia, I was told that this country is like Russia in 1990-s. But it appeared that the country is very interesting and unique. So I will be glad to get back to Serbia again. I recommend visiting Serbia on your own without any touristic agencies, and to live in cheaper hotels / hostels / places.

Fun fact: during a week in Belgrade, I’ve spent about 80 euros in total.

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Atmosphere or “Have you really been there?”

Museums, churches, palaces and sightseeing places usually doesn’t reflect the atmosphere of the place at all. The slums, “stop” signs and the people do. 

When I travel somewhere, I always visit sightseeing places in one or two days, but I also try to ride a bicycle in the city, go to the living districts, see the slums, talk with locals and so on, to see what really matters in the current place. 

Right now, I am travelling Serbia. For example, these photoes reveal much of feelings you can feel in Belgrade.  

  

And these describe Yangon pretty well.     

Now, what are your examples of such places and photoes? Where do you go in order to feel the atmosphere of the place you’re travelling? Museums, etc, obviously does not count.