Can Serbia Ever Be Too Safe For Americans?

It’s repeated so often that it has almost become a cliché: Serbia is a dangerous place for Americans. We recently wrote about how Staci, an American woman, was planning to go to Serbia, the scariest places she can think of in the world. Hopefully, not all Americans think that Serbia is a dangerous place, and travel there or even move to Serbia permanently.

The latest example comes from Christina “Kiki” Spiwak, a 24-year-old girl from Tennessee. She has moved from the USA to Serbia. Kiki has been living in Serbia since February, and she put up a blog post talking about a couple of things she has come to realize already in her short time in Serbia. She points out that Serbia has some of the nicest people she has ever met, talks about Belgrade’s graffiti, and notes that she feels safe walking the dangerous streets of Belgrade:

“Lack of crime – I’m definitely not used to that! But it’s awesome. I feel safe here. Not just because of Nemanja, but because Beograd doesn’t have the same crime problems Memphis did. I don’t fear being mugged on the buses, harassed on the streets for being a foreigner, or anything in between or beyond! It’s amazing. And somewhat surprising to many since the opinion of most about Serbia is that it is a political wasteland with no morals and simply a breeding ground for immoral behavior and genocides. However, in the month I’ve been here.. I’ve definitely seen the exact opposite.”

The whole thing is yet another story showing that Serbia is one of the most welcoming places to expats. Unfortunately, that’s not the message we tend to get from the media. The Balkans have long had a reputation for being one of the world’s perennial trouble spots. But for expatriates, the Balkan country Serbia ranks as one of the most welcoming and safe places to live. Oh, one more thing, don’t bring your salt and pepper shakers with you if you plan to travel to Serbia. Serbia is so dangerous!!

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