Aug 162010

Could it really be? Our last night in Belgrade was already here? Where did all the time go!? It felt like just yesterday that I’d arrived with a massive list of things to see and do – yet nearly a week later, I’ve only just begun to scratch the surface. We never even had a chance to visit the Nikola Tesla museum, something that sits quite highly on the “must-see” list for a couple of tech-nerds like ourselves.

Yes, I think Belgrade is a city we’ll have to come back to. And as it still falls outside of the Schengen Visa zone, setting up (and funding) a 3-month stint should prove to be little challenge.

Hopefully some day.

Our last evening out in Belgrade felt as different from the previous three as the sunny afternoon at Ada had from the preceding half-week of nearly incessant rain. Thank God I was able to get a taste of the famous Belgrade everyone’s always raving about; a city which at midnight feels as bustling and busy as you might expect it to be at noon on a Saturday. The main downtown walking promenade was packed to the gills with people, sipping drinks on benches or chatting in cafes or strolling about from shop to shop. In the middle of the night.

It truly felt like a different city.

Likewise, while I thought I’d experienced Silicon Valley before – I realized on this particular evening that what I’d in fact seen…was nothing. Not in comparison to the real Silicon Valley of Belgrade. All I can say is “Wow.” Does such a place really exist in the world?

Trust me, it does.

Before getting started onboard the river splavs, Peder and I spent several hours just roaming about the city chatting and people-watching, eventually settling ourselves in atop the walls of Kalemegdan, a hilltop fortress overlooking the river. Hundreds of young prepartiers grouped together on all sides, playing music from their cellphones and finishing bottle upon bottle of wine and beer in preparation for a night that had barely just begun.

Then once the fortress crowds started thinning out, we grabbed a cab to our final stop for the evening…

Clubs in Serbia tend to come in two distinct varieties: those that play electronic music, and those that play traditional Serbian. Although Peder and I are both partial to Trance/House, this time we decided to sample a bit of the latter.

The feeling of the place – and the crowd – was distinctly different. Not necessarily in a bad way, though I think both of us probably would’ve opted for the electronic setting given another night in the city. Still, that didn’t stop us from having a great time – we spent the bulk of the night with a group of locals who promptly invited us to their VIP table.

Let the free drinks flow.

Always go out with a bang 😎

  8 Responses to “Fortress Preparty”

  1. Is it safe to interpret the last line of your post literally? πŸ˜‰

  2. Lol! Herb with the one-track mind…again, haha πŸ˜›

  3. funny comment herb πŸ™‚

  4. “Clubs in Serbia tend to come in two distinct varieties: those that play electronic music, and those that play traditional Serbian.”

    lol Justin lol in club traditional Serbian music πŸ˜€ just no way lol Believe me it is modern Serbian music or also on some splavs ya can hear some old Serbian hits from 60’s, 70’s, 80’s… but still is not traditional. Also is lil bit strange for other ppl when they listen our kind of music cuz is really nowhere ya can not hear something like that. Except Bosnia and lil bit Greece also have that kind of sound lol

  5. Haha ok, maybe I misunderstood what the guy at the hostel told me…I thought he said it was Traditional Serbian…maybe it was just Serbian πŸ˜›

  6. Exactly it is just Serbian lol
    Anyway is not your fault he probably said that cuz he didn’t know how in other way to explain cuz is pretty much hard to do it πŸ˜› Mostly ppl when hear that kind of music just ask “what is that” lol So they or just love it or can not understand it… depends how long they listen that kind of music πŸ™‚
    Traditional music is something from long, long past that ya can hear it for example on some cultural and artistic events πŸ™‚ and it’s beautiful to me πŸ™‚ On this old Serbian music from 60’s, 70’s… ya can only break glass or bottle when ya are drunk of sadness or happiness πŸ˜› But not on splavs or clubs cuz there ya must pay for it πŸ˜›

  7. >>Traditional music is something from long, long past that ya can hear it for example on some cultural and artistic events

    Well, now ur just being technical with the definition, hehe πŸ˜› Besides, “traditional” actually can mean something more like “typical” or “characteristic” rather than “old-fashioned,” which is more what I meant in this context. Traditional Serbian => Typical Serbian…

  8. K, tnx for explanation. Now i understand what ya mean lol Just that word “traditional” (Serbian: tradicionalno) means just traditional on Serbian in the context of music πŸ˜€ But yeah can be β€œtypical” too πŸ˜‰

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