Holland-Turkey: Stage 2
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From Budapest I took the nighttrain towards Belgrade on my trip from Holland to Turkey. I was very curious what to expect there: of course former Yugoslavia has quite a history and so has Belgrade. The moment I arrived in the central station of the Serbian capital I felt odd: the atmosphere here was cold and grey. The building looked as if there still was a war going on, even though it was in the heart of summer it was cold and the people looked like they went through a lot. Just outside the station I saw some buildings that were bombed during the war and they still looked like collapsing every minute. Not a great first impression it was...
...but in the days after my vision of the country completely changed! It has to be said: Serbia was not the most beautiful country I've seen in Europe, but damn: I had a fantastic time there! The people are so incredibly outgoing, the partyscene is crazy and I was welcomed as a prince. Partying in Belgrade was followed by a great time in the more southern city Nis where I had a fantastic time hanging out with some Serbs who showed me around their city and after a day or five I felt sad leaving this impressive country. Serbia might have a sad history, but the next generation there makes the most of the time after the war. Shiny, happy people!