Serbia – In Pictures… Thanks For Your Help

 Roman Ruins of Sirium in Sremska Mitrovica

Roman Ruins of Sirium in Sremska Mitrovica

You know that Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina suffered some of the worst flooding on record in 120 years, but maybe you don’t know that Serbia is a beautiful country with friendly people.

Well, my American friend David Hoffmann, founder of Davidsbeenhere.com, one of the most popular travel guides on the net, was in Serbia last month before the floods. He wrote:

On my recent trip to Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina I was stunned by its natural beauty and the incredible hospitality of the people! I would encourage anyone who loves history, food and wine to explore the beautiful countries of Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. I spent 24 wonderful days exploring them both and getting to know the big cities as well as the countryside, ancient ruins, and the local gastronomy.

Here are some of the great photos of Serbia taken by David Hoffmann:

Kalemegdan Fortress in Belgrade

Kalemegdan Fortress in Belgrade

 Belgrade Skyline

Belgrade Skyline

 BBQ Lunch at Comunale Restaurant, Belgrade

BBQ Lunch at Comunale Restaurant, Belgrade

Knez Mihajlova the main pedestrian street in Belgrade

Knez Mihajlova the main pedestrian street in Belgrade

Kalemegdan Fortress Gate in Belgrade

Drinking Rakija with friends

Drinking Rakija with friends

 Trying Burek for the first time

Trying Burek for the first time

The Stunning Golubac Fortress on the Danube River

The Stunning Golubac Fortress on the Danube River

 View of the Danube river from the top of Smederevo Fortress

View of the Danube river from the top of Smederevo Fortress

 Roman Ruins of Sirium in Sremska Mitrovica

Roman Ruins of Sirium in Sremska Mitrovica

Beautiful old town of Knjaževac

Beautiful old town of Knjaževac

 Dining in Leskovac, the BBQ capital of Serbia

Dining in Leskovac, the BBQ capital of Serbia

Colorful Skyline of Novi Sad

Colorful Skyline of Novi Sad

Thank you David for having visited Serbia and our region, and for showing the real Serbia and its natural beauty. And a big thank you to everyone, here in Serbia and everywhere around the world, for your assistance, contribution and solidarity. It helps Serbia so much to recover from the disastrous flood. Thanks everyone.

Long live Serbia! Živela Srbija!

An American Apologizing To Serbia For The Bombing Of 1999

An American Apologizing To Serbia For The Bombing Of 1999

Jonathan Manikas, an American man, uploaded yesterday to Youtube a poignant video where he apologizes to Serbian people for the bombing of Serbia in 1999. He wrote:

On top of the 2,500 Serbian civilians murdered by U.S.-led NATO, the targeted bombing of civilian infrastructure (such as electricity & water supplies, and communication systems) is a war crime under international law as well.

The bombing was more about geopolitics, with the Pentagon’s intention to extend NATO’s borders to gain military & economic influence at the front door of Russia, than it was about a “humanitarian mission” (obviously).

I’m so sorry what I as an American did to your nation.

Well, watch his video:

A black American in Serbia Serbia and Serbian people are amazing

Americans aren’t stupid: Kosovo is Serbia


It’s great to hear that some politicians one man from the United States support “Kosovo is Serbia,” the heart of Serbia. A great video made by Yusef Al Tahir, an American man, living in Chicago, United States:

Albanian Islamists are trying to destroy Serbian history and culture in Serbian province of Kosovo, but Kosovo is still the heart of Serbia. It was, it is, and will always be.

Photo (Kosovo is the heart of Serbia) by Sanja Kis.

American Woman Likes & Supports Serbia’s Ambassador

I have received yesterday a donation of $20 from Ms. J Tiger, a young lady from Washington, D.C., United States. I thanked her, and she replied saying:

I will be in Serbia for the first time in December and am really enjoying your website as I research and plan my trip and just gather general information about a country that is so often wrongfully portrayed in the media here. I appreciate your work and really get a lot out of the information you share. A donation was the least I could do to support your efforts.

Just great to hear that a woman in the United States likes my website, supports it by donating, and is going to visit Serbia. I would hope others will follow suit.

My name is Hailley and I'm part of the class of 2014 at Coe College... Serbia

Why You Should Visit Serbia – Hailley (USA)

Hailley, an American girl from Wisconsin studying at Coe College (Iowa, USA) was recently in Serbia, and put up two blog posts talking about her experiences in Serbia. Firstly, she discovers Serbian hospitality:

“Yes, I saw tons of amazing things and had tons of amazing experiences in Serbia, but none of them can quite compare to the kindness of those people who walked into the bar and ended up coming in to sing to us. The Serbs have this very strong desire to show off the best of their country and a lot of the time, they’re willing to do pretty much whatever it takes to help tourists and visitors experience that.”

Then she went on to explain why should people visit Serbia:

“Serbia is such a completely different cultural experience! A lot of people visit Europe and talk about a distinctly European experience, but Serbia didn’t ever really European. There was definitely a mix of cultural elements. I saw shops that I had seen in London and came across architecture that looked similar to what I’d seen in pictures from a friend’s trip to Turkey. Serbia was a very unique experience and if you’re looking for something off the beaten tourist path, you should definitely go. But, as always when you’re traveling abroad, be open minded when you reach your destination. That’s the only way you can truly appreciate the country and enjoy yourself. “

Set aside your prejudices and venture to Serbia, this oft-ignored part of Europe.

Opinion Serbia

Serbia And The U.S.: Two Different Cultures?

Back in November, I wrote about how an American missionary called Taylor Morey Armstrong discovered Serbian hospitality while visiting the Serbian city of Novi Sad. Now another American young man is serving there, in Novi Sad, and put up an interesting (and funny) blog post talking about things he found fascinating or peculiar about Serbia. The ‘list’ is so good that I ended up including the whole thing, because it’s too good not to read — but check out Darren’s site directly:

1. Restaurant Culture: This one has yet to make sense to me. For some reason, Serbians LOVE to go to restaurants with friends and just order drinks. And that’s it. They never order food. It’s funny too because drinks here are twice as expensive as in the States, while food here is CHEAP. And when they order their drinks, they just sit there for hours and hours and sip away at their drink. It takes them an hour to finish a .5 liter of soda! Last week the Elder’s from Belgrade came down and we had lunch at Adriana’s, which is the best place in Serbia. As we were eating, we found out we were the only table of 20 or so that had food on our table. No one ordered food. That’s just what Serbians do I guess… Not what I would do, but whatever.
2. Beer: Beer here is almost as cheap as water. Price of a 2 L of Jelen Piva: 100 Dinars. Price of a 2 L of water: 80 Dinars. Price of messing up priorities in a society: priceless! Come on Serbia… That’s not good.
3. Bakeries: They plague this land like McDonald’s plagues America. They have bakeries every fifteen steps.
4. Plieskabica: Google it. Best food known to man. Take an American hamburger, and put it on steroids that make food more delicious. That’s how I would describe them.
5. Exchange rate: 1 USD = 75 RSD as of today. Boo ya!
6. Novi Sad Branch: a total of 6 active members. All of them over the age of 60.
7. Language: Serbians learn English far better than we learn Serbian. We have met many Serbians who speak English with little or no accents.
8. DVD: Three bucks a pop, enough said.
9. Zip-lock Baggies: They do not exist in Serbia. You will never find a zip-lock bad in this country. They don’t exist.
10. Tennis: It’s hard to imagine, but tennis is one of the biggest sports out here. You see many, many tennis courts throughout the city.
11. Cross Walks: Serbians don’t like being the first one to cross at an intersection. Whenever we come up to a crosswalk, we always go first. They always just stare at each other and hope someone else goes first. It’s hilarious to watch! I will have to film it one day.
12. Fast Food: Fast food restaurants here are bomb: McDonald’s, KFC, and Pizza Hut. I could say with confidence they taste better out here than in the States. They serve french friends in Pizza Hut!
13. Novi Sad: The literal translation for the city name is “new now”

U.S. Media Wrong About Serbs

Sean Marcum, an American traveller from Tennessee, was recently in Belgrade. He discovers that Serbs are not the “brutish men” as portrayed in U.S. Media:

Anyway, I am rather glad to see that Serbs aren’t what the media has painted, which from I gathered through my life were a bunch of large brutish men who run around hating everyone not Serbian or Russian, committing genocide and ethnic cleansing or supporting it in the very least. Then to think that the US+NATO and Serbia were at war only 11 years ago is shocking too! Apart from a couple signs in the city, nothing else is present of that. People have been friendly enough to me and my other USA chum, so I guess, the media is, SURPRISE, full of it. I knew that Serbia would be fine, but I was VERY wary too.

Wyatt Bales: The American Stereotype Is Far From The Truth, Serbia Is Awesome

Wyatt Bales, a 22-year-old American man currently on assignment in Sofia, Bulgaria, for The European Times, decided recently to head to Belgrade, Serbia. He wrote on Twitter that he wanted to see firsthand if Hollywood’s perception is right. He later wrote on Twitter that Serbia is amazing “In Belgrade, Serbia. Serbia is actually absolutely amazing. No idea why Serbia’s not an EU member. Belgrade is epic..” He also liked the food in Belgrade (Twitter): “At a Spanish restaurant now in Belgrade, Serbia. Food was amazing and good times had by all. Europe has its benefits.” He finally wrote on his Twitter account that he American stereotype is far from the truth: “Belgrade, Serbia = very cool city. The American stereotype is far from the truth.

What else? Wyatt Bales goes on to write a blog post talking about his new adventure in Serbia. He points out the big difference between how Serbia is portrayed in the western media and what the country is really like:

A new country down! And boy, let me tell you — Serbia is awesome! It’s nothing like what you hear or think on tv. Because we all know that the media (especially CNN) is always spot on about world news.

And he goes on to say that Belgrade is definitely in the top 65 European cities he’s been in:

But 5 hours later we made it to the great city of Belgrade, Serbia! Nice construction, clean streets, and new buildings all around the city facing the Danube river with a huge castle as its center. It’s definitely in the top 65 European cities I’ve been in…

So yes, the American stereotype is far from the truth. Serbia is awesome.