We chose to visit the "Bad Boy" of the Balkans. In America and Western Europe, they are known as the aggressors. They had Slobodan Milosevic, the man who tried to purge Europe of the Kosovo-Albanians and ravaged the city of Sarajevo. He succeeded in killing 230,000 people and displacing 3 million. In the end Nato arrived and restored order. This does not mean that Serbian's agreed with the west. To quote one man Cindy and I spoke to the train from Belgrade to Sarajevo, "Why does the West (United States and Europe) have to interfere with everyone else's business. Your country killed millions of native americans, why can't you let us kill to retain our homeland. (Kosovo.)"
In the short 24 hours we were there, we visited both Novi Sad and Belgrade, getting only a flavor for the place. In the end it really felt depressing, so the short visit was not regretful. Somehow the photos are still intriguing and did not embody the sense that we had.
This is Serbia:
About 1.5 hours north of Belgrade lies the city of Novi Sad, known most for being the largest rock festival in Europe. It was not the time to rock, so we found good food and the Petroaradin castle overlooking the city on the banks of the Danube River. Here is an Orthodox Serbian church in view from the walls of the castle.
Nestled near the castle, lies a plethora of character home in varying states of life.
A traditional door-knocker in this part of the world.
Belgrade's transportation hub of busses, taxis and my personal favorite, the train.