The backsteets of Zemun and the Devil
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It was RAINING, again, and I decided to wait to go to Novi Sad. I thought maybe a shorter trip to Zemun would be a good thing for the day. I walked to the main square ( a big round a bout ) and found the bus that I was looking for. I boarded but the driver wouldn't take my money. So, I stood at the center of the bus as we drove through downtown Belgrade and then crossed the Danube. There was no seat and my standing there seemed to provide entertainment for the locals. The stops weren't being announced so, I got confused and exited the bus too soon.
So, I made it to Zemun. It immediately looked so rundown. I walked the small side streets in the direction of the river. I could see in the distance that the tower and the church that the town are so famous for were in the general direction. I walked through alleys where the houses were obviously grand when they were built to now on the verge of falling apart. A reminder of a once great empire that controlled this area.
The view from the tower was a fantastic panorama of Zemun and the Danube. I am sure on a clear day you and see all of Belgrade. I walked the many passages of stairs through tiny alleys and braved barking dogs to return to the lower level. It was still raining and I was tired of being wet, so I walked back to the bus stop and returned to the Manga Hostel in the city.
I'm glad that I ventured into this area of the city. Travel books do not tell you of the decay that is evident but, there is much history here and it is worth your time to take a short visit. It's gritty and dirty and not the pretty touristy place but, it's real and it's history is important.
Upon returning, I took my wet clothes off and proceeded to take a little nap.
I decided to eat in, again, so I went to the grocery store and picked up some veggies and drinks. I returned to the hostel, had my dinner, and relaxed on the couch and watched "The Devil wears Prada" with the French / Canadian couple couple. After, I said my good nights and went to bed. Tomorrow, I woud journey to Novi Sad, to the north, in Vojvodinia.