First taste of Belgrade
November 2014. Liam visits the Serbian capital: I went on this trip to meet up and hang out with my longtime friend Christina, that during her studies in Gothenburg got the opportunity to work abroad at the Swedish embassy in Belgrade. When I finally got a hold of a taxi at the airport to take me to the city centre, my first views of Belgrade was the buildings that were bombed by NATO.
I still regret not taking any photos of some of the buildings, but it just felt wrong at that time. I've learned from the taxi driver that the people don't want to remove the buildings. It's their memory of a not far away history. After arriving to my hotel, it was time to meet up with my friend at the Republic Square nearby the statue of Prince Mihailo. I had a hard time finding it with the map that the hotel gave me, so I found two locals who were more than happy to show me the way. We also had time to talk a bit about Serbia (and Sweden), and I learned that some people, at least those two, doesn't like that Serbia still haven't removed the memories of NATO. I understand that it's sensitive, and that the wounds must take time to heal, and that we need to give Serbia that time. I just hope it doesn't turn into some kind of hate or desire for revenge. My friend on the other hand, doesn't think it's a good idea to talk about this subject with random people. I guess she's right, and again, I understand that it's a sensitive subject. But that just makes me more curious...
My favourite place during my visit was Gardoš. it's located in Belgrade's municipality of Zemun. Don't miss the beautiful views from the Gardoš tower, and especially don't forget to take a walk through the cemetery that you'll find close to the tower.
Below you'll find a selection of photos from Liam's weekend in Belgrade.