The minibus ride to Belgrade made a number of stops along the way to Belgrade. From my experience, it’s pretty rare to stop so often if not ever. We also had to change vehicles after we crossed the boarder. All together, we ended up stopping about four times on the whole rip for breaks. On one hand, it was nice to actually have a few breaks and grab some food for lunch. But, it made the day on the road go much longer longer. One more thought that came to me as we drove in Serbia was how similar it looked to my home. The land was really flat and all I could see were fields of corn being grown.
When we pulled into Belgrade the driver dropped my Spanish friends and I off at my hostel. I booked the night to stay there and they just needed a place to leave their bags until they were off to catch a train. After I got checked in we headed off to change out some currency, get some dinner, and see a few sights.
After having dinner, we headed down the street to the Belgrade Fortress. It was pretty cool walking around the place. Near the entrance there were rows of artillery guns and tanks. Another example of men showing off there cannons! Inside there were also a few pretty churches worth checking out.
After the Fortress we grabbed a cab to St. Sava Cathedral. This is one of the newest and biggest churches in Belgrade. I thought the outside was really nice and interestingly enough when I went inside, it was still under construction. After taking some pictures we headed back to the hostel to get the Spaniard’s bags.
The few days I had hanging out with my new Spanish friends was really great. Having the opportunity to meet new people, learn about new cultures, and have a good time with other people is one of the greatest things about travel. As with anyone I meet on the road and spend more than a few moments with, I hope our paths cross again. If not, I’ll have memories with a few people that will stay with me forever!
My next stop, Bucharest, Romania.