Serbia: Through Matea’s Eyes

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Matea

Where are you originally from?​
Serbia

PEOPLE

In one word or sentence, how do you describe your people?
Warmhearted

On a scale of 1-10, how well does your country speak English?
6

Can you give a key phrase/word/expression that people in your country usually say?
There are so many its very difficult to say one. Depends on the occasion.

How do I say “hello/thank you/please/sorry” in your language?
Zdravo/Hvala/Molim/Izvini

Are you more like laid back or party people?
Depends on the region. North is more laid back while Central and South Serbia is more party oriented.

FOOD​

Best food? Weirdest food? Local food to try?
Burek, Sarma, Pljeskavica, Paprikas, Karadjordjeva snicla, Gibanica! All amazing and tasty!

Best drink? Local drink to try?
Rakija

How is breakfast served in your country?
Breakfast is a full meal that includes different cuts of meat, eggs, salad, bread spread, vegetables and milk/yogurt.

CULTURE​

The best festival to attend?
Exit Festival in Novi Sad, Beer Fest in Belgrade an Guca (Trumpet Fest)

Which sport are you guys crazy about?
Football, Tennis, Basketball

What is the craziest thing to do in your country?
Festivals, Kayaking, Eco Tourism

What excursions and/or activities do you extremely suggest that visitors MUST do?
Besides visiting the culture hubs such as Novi Sad and Belgrade, Eco tours is very popular. While in Belgrade you can go exploring the underground tunnels of Kalemegdan (14th century Fortress at the heart o Belgrade)

Are there any local customs a visitor should be sensitive to?
Refusing food or drink is considered impolite. At least try what is offered.

PLACES​

What is/are the most surreal places/landmarks to visit?
Novi Sad (Petrovaradin, Sremski Karlovci), Belgrade (Kalemegdan, Hram Sveti Sava), Palic Lake, Tara Mountain, Devils Town etc.

Can you name a place that most people have not heard of? A secret spot perhaps!
Devils Town (Djavolja Varos)

Where can visitors find the best beach?
Serbia doesnt have see access but there are improvised beaches next to Danube River

If I’m staying for less than a week, which city should I choose?
Novi Sad and Belgrade (distance is only an hour)

COUNTRY​

In one word or sentence, how do you describe your country?
Passionate

How many days at least should a visitor spend in your country?
10 days

When is the best time to visit?
Spring/Summer

Can you give an interesting trivia about your country? 
Serbia is the largest exporter of raspberry in the world – almost 95% of raspberries sold in the world originate from Serbia. 18 Roman emperors were born on the land which is today Serbia. The only Serbian word that is accepted and used across the world is “vampire”. Serbia is the home country of Nikola Tesla.

What is your country’s most popular stereotype/cliché?
Unfortunately, due to Hollywood and Western Society, Eastern European countries have predominately bad stereotypes attached to them. Most of them are untrue and hurtful to people who originate from there. Time to change that through travel and cultural exchange.

TRAVEL

Are you a traveler? Which place is your favorite so far?
I am a very experienced traveler. My favorite destination so far is Hong Kong and Dubai!

What’s your best travel story?
I met my husband online (chat room) and we decided to travel to a random location on this planet to meet. We spin the globe and we met in Hong Kong. He is American.

Why do you love traveling? 
I like to challenge myself, expand my perspective of the world and cultures, learn, having an adventure, meet people and their customs.

ABOUT MATEA

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