The last train from/to Belgrade….

The last train from/to Belgrade….

On a memorial plate in the main railway station of Belgrade you can read:  “This building was opened 23rd August 1884 when Belgrade had 35480 inhabitants. The first train had 200 passengers and went to Niš, the railway station had two platforms. Around 1924 Belgrade had 170000 inhabitants and had a traffic of 46 trains daily with 16000 passengers. In 1939 Belgrade had 314000 inhabitants and had a traffic of 116 trains with 32800 passengers daily. The plate was revealed…

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02/11/2017: Presentation at the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

02/11/2017: Presentation at the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

On the 2nd November 2017 we were honored to present the results of our research to H.E. Mr. Dačić, the Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister and Serbian Foreign Minister and Serbian ambassador H.E. prof. dr Nikšić & Dutch ambassador H.E. van den Dool. The event was hosted by the Serbian ministry of Foreign Affairs and co-hosted by the Dutch embassy in Belgrade. The presentation was held in the Diplomatic Museum of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The speech of H.E….

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The Serbian WWI soldiers from the Gornji Milanovac who died in the Netherlands

The Serbian WWI soldiers from the Gornji Milanovac who died in the Netherlands

“This morning, during a solemn ceremony, 4 Serbian Prisoners of War (PoW) were buried with a military escort. Three of them died in the quarantine camp, Milosch Obrabowitz, Stoiam Beoidewitz en Bofibar Rabowanowitz and one died at a hospital, Sretin Rajitschitz. Near t’ Lindenhof Dutch soldiers under command of sergeant Lesman were standing in formation. From there the burial procession departed towards the new cemetery under a sad drum tone, where the commission of reception of foreign PoWs was waiting…

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Ovčar-Kablar : “The Serbian mount Athos”

Ovčar-Kablar : “The Serbian mount Athos”

Yesterday I hiked in the Ovčar-Kalblar gorge with the “Belgrade Foreigners club”. This gorge is located just south of Čačak, a town in Central-Serbia.  We started our ascend towards the top of mount Kablar (alt. 889 meters a.s.m.l) from the village Ovčar Banja. It is a beautiful area and it is often called the Serbian mount Athos as there are many monasteries in this area. From the once 300 monasteries only 10 are left now. While climbing we visited a…

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Ten things you probably did not know about Serbia

Ten things you probably did not know about Serbia

1. Hospitality You will not know until you enjoyed it: the first thing you did not know about Serbia is the hospitality of the Serbian people. The Serbian hospitality is marvellous and at one point you will feel almost embarrassed for enjoying that much hospitality. Dobro došli u Srbiju  (Welcome to Serbia)!  2. Nature Serbia is not densely populated so it still has relatively untouched areas from a European perspective. The contrast  between Serbia’s flat north, Vojvodina and Serbia’s mountainous…

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Three years in Serbia

Three years in Serbia

On the 1st August 2014, three years ago, I stepped in the plane on Eindhoven-Airport (the Netherlands) which brought me to Аеродром Никола Тесла Београд (Belgrade-Serbia). For me it was not just a regular flight, no I made a huge step forward in my life, because I travelled to my love with whom I decided to live together in Belgrade. Of course it was difficult to say “see you later” to my family and friends in the Netherlands, but on…

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The failing Serbian (E-) government

The failing Serbian (E-) government

On the 28th December 2016 I wrote to the community/City Hall of Novi Beograd (servisnicentar@novibeograd.rs) the following: Dobar dan, I want to request an intervention of the Opstina Novi Beograd as soon as possible to clear out the traffic situation on the following location in your municipality: https://www.google.rs/maps/@44.8261698,20.3877325,3a,49.4y,112.37h,83.32t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sLs95rKWpNsLiMkoGq-sfLA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 The location is at Bežanijska kosa , please see attached picture. The priority situation is not clear ( especially for the cars coming from the left from the direction of the highway) and…

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On this day (28/07/1914): The first bombs on Belgrade, the start of WWI.

On this day (28/07/1914): The first bombs on Belgrade, the start of WWI.

On this day, 103 years earlier, the Austro-Hungarian government send a telegram(see below)  to the Serbian government with a declaration of war. It was the start of the First World War. Hours later the first bombs felt on Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. The First World took million lives away, it ruined cities and villages and it was the cause for many other conflicts afterwards. Belgrade itself become a city in the front line and the Serbian government already moved…

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Serbian traffic: time for a change in mentality

Serbian traffic: time for a change in mentality

I started driving lessons when I was 18 and when passing the driving exam I passed it straight away. This was in Utrecht, the Netherlands in 1997 and since then I never drove again until the end of 2015 when I and my wife bought a second hand red VW polo. I took some driving lessons here in Belgrade to get acclimatised  again with driving and I have to admit that I am enjoying driving. Travelling is much faster and…

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Serbian integration lesson: “the Greek beaches”

Serbian integration lesson: “the Greek beaches”

It is almost 3 years ago that I moved from the Netherlands to Serbia and slowly but surely I integrate more and more into the Serbian society. I have to admit that it is not always easy and my patience is tested many times, but  patience is always rewarded. The holiday season is in “full swing”  so I want to share my Serbian integration experiences regarding this topic here on my blog. So where do Serbs go? It is actually very…

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