Last week, we wrote about how more foreigners are starting to figure it out: Belgrade is a safe and overtly friendly city. Another day gone by and another story about Begrade and Serbian hospitality. In this case, it’s Lisa Toboz, a traveler of Bloomfield who has a blog post noting that Belgrade has so much energy and friendly people:
And I’m in Belgrade! The city has so much energy. There were times I felt as if I were in New York – the loud honking of traffic, beautiful smog sky at dusk. With Ari’s knowledge of the Cyrillic alphabet and my scant Croatian vocabulary, we could decipher street signs and get around fairly well. People here are much friendlier than in Croatian cities, more helpful and willing to talk.
This reminds me of a great post Rosemary Bailey Brown wrote some months ago called “Weird Twists of Fate: Serbia vs Croatia and the Tourism Industry“. Rosemary pointed out that while it’s true that Serbia has none of the advantages of Croatia, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Croatians don’t like strangers. They’re just not a warm and welcoming people to anyone except for other Croatians, and even then, you often won’t see true warmth unless you’re a member of the family.
Which place would you rather go on vacation to?
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