August 27th, 2017 – regular Sunday morning: wake up, make yourself a coffee, have breakfast, thinking tomorrow is Monday and you gotta go to work and then… Then it hits you – you’re doing all this in #Belgrade, while on VACATION.
Give it a minute, let us commemorate the time spent at the best hostel in the country.
The first thing planned for the day was a visit to the Nikola Tesla Museum. We were totally excited and curious as hell to see what the museum had to offer. Because during out first day Google Maps offline didn’t work as planned, we decided to go with a regular map. Well, I guess you know what happened next: that’s right, we got a bit lost. However, it wasn’t all that bad and we stumbled upon this amazingly beautiful street art.
After wandering around for a while, we finally made it to the Museum. History, life, science, you’ll find it all. You’ll also find guided tours, which we highly recommend. English tour – checked, funny guide – checked, trying out the famous Tesla coil – checked. If you want to see how it went, you can check out the video Roga made about our two days in Belgrade here. *heart*
Next up was Belgrade’s citadel. We walked all the way up there, but well, with 37°C the following conversation took place:
Diana: Jesus, we’ll die of a heat stroke all the way up to the citadel.
Roga: Look, there’s a supermarket across the street, maybe it had air-conditioning. We could go in, stay for like 10 minutes and pretend we’re buying something, get out and be all better.
Narrator: It was a shoe store, not a supermarket. They came out after 20 minutes, not 10, carrying a bag with a pair of gorgeous gladiator sandals which he convinced her to buy – because why not, they were in a foreign country and money should be well spent.
Delightful conversation, money well spent, goal achieved – we were all fresh and ready to walk another 30 to 40 minutes thought the heat, just to reach the citadel. Do you honestly think it took only that much? Nope, that’s right. We didn’t either, haha. We found a huge-ass fountain on the way, right in Belgrade’s central square. We saw it and decided to pass by, maybe a combination of water running with a wannabe breeze would refresh us. In the meantime I saw a kid playing in the fountain. Figured if a 5-year-old can do it, so could I – best decision of the day, I gotta tell you. #complete happiness. Also, we noticed that much like a lot of Eastern European cities, Belgrade’s main square has a statue of a guy on a horse too. *side note*
It took us 3 times more than planned, but we finally made it to the Belgrade citadel! It was truly refreshing. Don’t know if it was because we were on higher ground, because we’d finally made it or because everyone seemed so relaxed and happy – probably all of the above.
We visited the Kalemegdan Park and finally got all the way to the top – the view was amazing and ‘The Victor’ – Belgrade’s landmark and one of the most visited attractions in the city. If you want to further enjoy the view and get refreshed, you can grab a drink at one of the places in the fortress.
While getting back to the hostel we get lost in small streets and passages, just taking in the local architecture, and we stumbled upon this beauty. And we might have gotten into that Vans store after much consideration and rational arguments saying we shouldn’t.
After more than 12h of walking, visiting and enjoying Belgrade, we finally made it to Hostel Bongo and set up for departure in the morning. Belgrade was great, was intense and weirdly relaxing at the same time. And we are ready for Croatia next. So stay tuned! In the meantime, in case you missed the video, here it is again.
RAWision Media team