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Mean Streets of Belgrade - Street Photography from the Heart of Serbia | Nate Robert

Mean Streets of Belgrade - Street Photography from the Heart of Serbia | Nate Robert | Travel Around The World | Scoop.it


Last time I was in Belgrade, I got bottles of piss thrown at me. Enjoy mate.” Despite what it sounded like, that wasn’t a warning, as such. “I was in Belgrade in 2010, right wing fascists rioted and torched the city, because pride march was on. Cars were burning outside outside the apartment.” That’s what two friends told me, when I announced my trip to Serbia. Now that I’ve been in Belgrade almost a month, I know what the capital city of the former Yugoslavia is like. And, I wish I didn’t. Serbians are all too aware that their international reputation may precede them. “They all hate us, they think we’re butchers”. I’d only met this guy two minutes ago. He opened up his closed bar and poured me a drink. And, he refused my money. Such is the hospitality I have experienced here. Belgrade is a memorable city. A 50 year stint with communism, a three month NATO sponsored bombing campaign in 1999, and a notable millennium or so of history, has created a unique metropolis. Western Europeans think this city is dirty, smoky, and could do with a spruce up. Fortunately, Belgrade is guilty on all three counts. “Those three months in 1999, with the bombs, that was the best time of my life.” He poured another drink as I quizzed him about the bombing. It was only 13 years ago that Belgrade was hit, and I could tell by the smile that beamed from his face – he believed what he was saying. Somebody else had told me a similar story – at first the bombing was scary, but before long “you would see the missiles and bombs flying through the air, and you just get used to it”. Prince may not have been the only one partying like it was 1999. Apart from the stories of the locals, semi-permanent reminders of this period include a heavily bombed pigeon-pair of modernist communist buildings in the downtown area. The former Ministry of Defense buildings must make it  hard for locals to forget that Belgrade, Serbia, and the entire Balkans region, has a recent history of indescribable horror........


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How to Travel the World with 10 Pounds or Less (Plus: How to Negotiate Convertibles and Luxury Treehouses)

How to Travel the World with 10 Pounds or Less (Plus: How to Negotiate Convertibles and Luxury Treehouses) | Travel Around The World | Scoop.it

I’ve learned to instead allocate $50-200 per trip to a “settling fund,” which I use to buy needed items once they’re 100% needed. This includes cumbersome and hassle items like umbrellas and bottles of sunscreen that love to explode. Also, never buy if you can borrow.

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How to Tour Italy by Train

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Are you wondering about how to tour Italy by train ? Train travel is best for trips to and between Italy’s cities and larger towns.  Save yourself the stress and hassle of city traffic, parking and high gas prices and take to the rails.


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Italo or Trenitalia? And then Frecciarossa, Frecciaargento, Frecciabianca or InterCity? How to buy tickets and more...

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Greece is the word: Discovering Mykonos and Santorini

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Greece: With the Kardashian family holidaying in the Greek islands, Mykonos and Santorini have become a favourite destination for the summer holidays (Holiday like @KimKardashian with our guide to the #Greek islands...
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How to Travel: 21 Contrarian Rules - The 4-Hour Workweek

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My 21 Travel Rules and Criteria
1. Don’t check luggage. If you’re bringing that much stuff with you, you’re doing something wrong. 
[TIM: I second this and encourage you to take things to extremes. Here's exactly how I travel the world with 10 pounds or less.]

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France learning to speak ‘touriste’

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As the French economy struggles, officials and businesses look at making tourism work better — and getting visitors to spend more.

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