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The Historical Side of Belgrade

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

I kept up with my touring of Belgrade today – checking out the ancient city ruins nearby, Tito’s grave, the largest Orthodox cathedral in the world (still under construction) and a 15 min quick look at the war musuem after I begged to be let in 20 minutes before closing.

However, my quick departure tomorrow is not going to happen, it looks like – despite the fact that my destination in Romania is a major city – the closest one to Belgrade, 120 miles away – there’s only one train, at 4:30. Bah. It’s throwing off my schedule and making me cranky, so I do not feel like writing any more right now. But, I must say, Belgrade is an awesome city and there are worst places I can be stuck…

The Best of Belgrade

Friday, October 20th, 2006

Had an absolutely fantastic day…Belgrade is a great city and I had awesome hosts. Two people from the tourism board took me out to dinner today (at 9 pm!) then two bars and a club, which we only stayed at for about 3 minutes. I am absolutely exhausted, but wanted to say that all the hassle to get here was worth it!

Sofia to Belgrade Overnight Train: Guns, Smugglers and Bombs, Part Four, The Bomb

Thursday, October 19th, 2006
This is a continuation of the most bizarre train I have ever taken. Please read introductions or other entries below. For the next four hours, I slept fitfully, the carriage to myself. I vaugely became aware of the fact ... [Continue reading this entry]

Sofia to Belgrade Overnight Train: Guns, Smugglers and Bombs, Part Three, The Smugglers

Thursday, October 19th, 2006
Please read Part One, or at least Part Two, before reading this entry. I looked back as Luka pulled the curtains tightly shut, ready to inspect his cargo of illicit goods. Taking deep breaths, I walked down the length of the train ... [Continue reading this entry]

Sofia to Belgrade Overnight Train: Guns, Smugglers and Bombs, Part Two, The Trigger Happy Jacks

Thursday, October 19th, 2006
This is part two of my overnight train adventure. Please read at least the note on part one before continuing I wondered, vaguely, if I had ever seen someone carrying a handgun before this train ride. I mean, I'd seen cops ... [Continue reading this entry]