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 😎