I am a British citizen, who has had the pleasure of living and working in the Balkans for over 3 years. There is no avoiding the fact that this is an exciting, enticing, endearing, wonderful place that is also often frustrating as hell, but is always facinating. As to danger, I tell people honestly that I would be in more danger in my small home town in the West of England on an average Friday night than I have ever been during my extensive travels in the region.
These are wonderful people (all ‘flavours’ of them), who are generally friendly, intelligent, warm and welcoming, and extremely tolerant of and intrigued by foreigners. I completely agree with David Faber’s comments about the need for respect and humility when we are visitors – but, having travelled in a lot of places, this rule should surely apply wherever we are in the world. It’s just common sense and decency.
Like all good hosts, Serbia warmly welcomes all guests who know how to appreciate its hospitality. I’ve had the great pleasure of welcoming quite a few friends here in Serbia for their first visit. Every one of them wants to come back. Enough said?