Final part of this bullet trip
14.06.2013 - 16.06.2013
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After Montenegro (and after withdrawing quite a few euros before exiting the "eurozone" again), we took the night bus to Belgrade.
After the rough experience on the packed Skopje-Budva bus, this was like flying business class. We had entire rows of seats for us, and the few people traveling on this bus seemed more "normal". So, I dozed through the first hundreds of kilometers (border excluded), then woke up to a beautiful Serbian landscape, as the bus rode along river valleys and endless fields, making me add Serbia to future destinations list.
The trip took 2 hours longer than we expected and we arrived to a noisy, polluted, crowded and awfully hot Belgrade. The Serbian capital is a very cosmopolitan city and is one of the most import ones in the Balkans. In contrast to both Skopje and Sofia, here I felt more like being in an Italian city than in Serbia. The prices were higher too. We went to the hostel, which was a bit far from the bus station and we got there so tired that we just decided to relax a bit and only went to explore the city after 6pm.
Belgrade is a very lively city and has many cafes, restaurants and discos. People like to go out at night and enjoy themselves, so the city has much to offer to the nightlife aficionados. One of the staff from the hostel recommended the bars by the river Sava as nice place to go out at night, so we headed there. That zone alone has about 30 pubs/clubs, so anyone can find something to their taste. We got lucky and entered a night pub with live music and the band was really good.
Next day, we went sightseeing, visiting the castle and the old city center. Though there's not so easy to navigate through it, we managed to see the most interesting sights. We hiked to the stadiums (Belgrade is home to both Crvena Zvezda and Partizan, historical European football teams) and to St. Sava Church (a very impressive Eastern Orthodox Church and the biggest in the world).
After eating a nice dinner near our hostel and as it was my last day in the Balkans, we went for a drink a little dancing in one of the fancy Belgrade's nightclubs. My flight was early in the morning, and it was time to return to Lisbon. It was a bullet trip through some of Europe's less known countries, yet it was good for giving me a picture of this region. I hope to return there soon, with a bit more time.