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There was some confusion with the travel guide and the hostel address, so the taxi driver took us to a different hostel than the one we were expecting. Also, we got tricked into getting in an expensive taxi. He was going to charge us over 50 U.S. for 5 minute taxi drive. But, for some reason, he asked us how much we wanted to pay, and we got off for about half of what he was charging us. This was after he asked us where we were from, and then pointed out the destroyed buildings from the bombs dropped back in 1998. His statement: "Your bombs did this." My correction: "Not my bombs, the military's bombs." I dont know how to tell the rip off taxis from the normal ones here in Belgrade, because the taxi that got us used a meter.
So we ended up getting a room at Jelica Milanovic Hostel for 1,000 din each in a 6 bed dorm with a shared bathroom. It was large and clean, but the staff were worthless. They did not have any recommendations for food or entertainment. So we walked around the city aimlessly until we found something to eat. We settled on El Toro, an outdoor restaurant/cafe. I had the carbonara for 600 din, which was excellent.
Next, we went to the Nikola Tesla Museum. Tesla was born in the Austrian Empire, which is now Croatia, but was an ethnic Serb. Later, Tesla became an American citizen. He dreamed as a kid to turn Niagra Falls into a large energy producing source, which of course he did. He is best know for his revolutionary inventions in the field of electricity and magnetism.
Next, we walked to Princess Ljubica's old place of residence. Entry was 100 din, and is not worth the time or the money, skip it. After that, we walked to Kalemegdan Citadel. This was very impressive. The grounds are expansive, and old war artifacts are left around for people to climb on.
After walking around all day, we relaxed at Plato. We had some drinks and chilled in their comfortable, unusual chairs. Next, we had dinner at Sesir Moj, a traditional Serbian restaurant. I had the house specialty, which was pork with cheese and paprika for 600 din. It was ok.
We walked around for awhile looking for a bar. When we decided on Ben Akiba, it was getting late. Ben Akiba is a difficult bar to find by design. You have to go behind a building to the doorway located in the alley. You must climb 2 sets of unassuming stair cases. Then find the door with a very small sign that alerts you to the entrance. We found it and knocked on the door, but it was almost 2am and they were not letting anyone else in. Oh well, maybe next time i go to Serbia.