Serbia: Through Katarina’s Eyes

Katarina

Where are you originally from?​
Serbia

PEOPLE

In one word or sentence, how do you describe your people?
Friendly and Hospitable

On a scale of 1-10, how well does your country speak English?
5

Can you give a key phrase/word/expression that people in your country usually say?
Bre

How do I say “hello/thank you/please/sorry” in your language?
Zdravo or Ćao, Hvala, Molim te or Molim vas (more formal), Izvini or Izvinite (more formal)

Are you more like laid back or party people?
Party People

FOOD​

Best food? Weirdest food? Local food to try?
Best food: Roštilj (Serbian Barbeque) – ćevapi, pljeskavica, ražnjići, etc. Weirdest food: Šnenokle (egg white dessert). Local food to try: Gibanica/Burek

Best drink? Local drink to try?
Rakija – medovaća

How is breakfast served in your country?
Usually food from the pekara (bakery) such as pogacice, rol virsle, žu žu, along with drinkable yogurt, cold cut meats and cheese

CULTURE​

The best festival to attend?
Exit Festival

Which sport are you guys crazy about?
Football (soccer for Americans)

What excursions and/or activities do you extremely suggest that visitors MUST do?
Visit Kalemegdan, Skadarlija, Saint Sava Church, Party on the river (clubs like Freestyler, River, etc.), shopping in Knez Mihailova, Mountain Avala

Are there any local customs a visitor should be sensitive to?
Don’t talk about politics involving Kosovo/Albania, the USA NATO bombing or Balkan war between Croatia/Bosnia/Serbia

PLACES​

What is/are the most surreal places/landmarks to visit?
Djavolja Varos is an unsual landmark with rock formations

Can you name a place that most people have not heard of? A secret spot perhaps!
Zvezda Open Air Cinema

Where can visitors find the best beach?
There is no beach but you can go to Ada Ciganlija for a swim

If I’m staying for less than a week, which city should I choose?
Belgrade

COUNTRY​

In one word or sentence, how do you describe your country?
Serbia is one of those places that doesn’t have the craziest landmarks but the people make the experience one to remember.

How many days at least should a visitor spend in your country?
3-4 days

When is the best time to visit?
Late Spring/Summer/Fall

What is your country’s most popular stereotype/cliché?
All Serbs smoke

TRAVEL

Are you a traveler? Which place is your favorite so far?
Yes, I’ve been to 38 countries so far. My favourite countries include Mexico, Cuba, Spain, Italy and Greece.

What’s your best travel story?
One night in Santorini my boyfriend and I rented an ATV. We were staying in a village called Karterados and were driving to Oia to check out the classic Santorini views. It is about a 30-40 min ATV drive. On our way back it was night time and both our phones had died so we had no knowledge of how to get back to where we were staying so we just winged it and drove along the coast. The sky was filled with stars and we were so content just driving, even though we had no idea where we were going. After a while some locals helped us and showed us the way. They were nice enough to drive with us halfway through to guide us. Definitely an incredible experience of just letting go and friendly locals wanting to help.

Why do you love traveling? 
I’ve been travelling since I was a baby and lived in 6 different places around the world. This experience has made me open to all sorts of different cultures and traditions that I greatly value. Travel is entering into someone’s world and immersing yourself to their way of life. It is a powerful learning tool that makes you more open-minded and kind hearted.

ABOUT KATARINA

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