Do you remember something from my previous writing about Sarajevo?
Maybe yes, maybe not 🙂
Probably you are thinking now, why he wrote as this kind of title?
Let me explain! Or… Wait, before I should say something about Serbia.
The Serbs came to Balkan, along with other South Slavic tribes, in the Great Migrations during the 6th and 7th century, and were first mentioned by the Byzantine Emperor Constantine Porphyrogenitus in the 10th century, when they were settling on the territory of today’s west Serbia, east and central Bosnia and Herzegovina with the Adriatic coast between the river Cetina and Lake Skadar, and in the South in the area edged by the river Lima and the mountain range Prokletije. Ever since they abandoned the old Slavic beliefs, and embraced Christianity in the 9th century, and up until the formation of the first Serbian country under the rule of Nemanjić dynasty in the 12th century, Serbs had some kind of authority that resembled the parliament and certain respectable individuals, but all of that was insufficient to preserve the homogeneity of the people.
In 1389 prince Lazar and a large portion of his army died and Serbia became Turkish vassal. Up until the end of the 17th century, the entire territory of what is today Serbia was under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. Serbia at the time didn’t exist as a country, and the territories inhabited by Serbs were divided into Ottoman pashadoms. At the time many Christians were forced to convert to Islam.
Having undergone slavery followed by liberation from the Ottoman Turks in the 19th century, Serbia became a modern country that was appreciated in Europe in the political and cultural sense. Serbia became a kingdom during the rule of Milan Obrenović in 1882.
After the Balkan wars (1912-1913), Serbia grew significantly stronger, which caused a strain to its relationship with Austro-Hungary, so, with the confrontation of these two countries, started the World War I (1914-1918) where Serbia was in alliance with the Triple Entente. Near the end of the war Serbia was joined by Srem, Banat, Bačka i Baranja, as well as Montenegro, thus forming a new country – The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (December the 1st 1918) that was later renamed the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.
The end of the 80s brought on conflicts between the Yugoslavian people because of the rise of nationalism and the strivings toward independence. In the referendum in May 2006, the people of Montenegro decided that Montenegro should gain independence, which ended the disintegration of Yugoslavia, and from that date on Serbia existed as an independent country under the name Republic of Serbia.
Before writing about Belgrade, I would like to talk about why I wrote the title of writing. So, If you remember I wrote only 24 hours I spent in Sarajevo, however in Belgrade I spent 3 days. I arrived at 05:30 a.m. at the bus station in Sarajevo. My story is starting from here. At 05:50 am I move on the bus and after 5 minutes one girl sat next to me, during that period I was listening to music. I thought she is Russian. Because I had not any idea how Serbs are looking like. Then I asked about the time when the bus will move. First, she did not answer to me, and I thought she is Russian and she can not speak English. Later she said the time and I said the time in German. ( Now, I am really upset for that 😀 ) Because she is Austrian, however, her family are from Serbia and Bosnia. And during 9 hours she talked with, just imagine, only german 😀
Probably, friends know that my German is not so good, but I am going to improve it, and I will also try to write here in German language. 🙂
Nevertheless, I was really happy about that situation, because I was practice with her my German for 9 hours. And I really learned a lot of things from her. Before I have not any idea about Catholic and orthodox history. I get a lot of information about Serbia, Austria. I also gave a lot of information about my country and my religion. Katarina was so kind, she invited me for a coffee when our bus stopped in Serbia. It was really good. Maybe one day, we will meet again 😉
We arrived in Belgrade, and we share our way because she was going to another city in Serbia. I paid 5 euro for a taxi and I arrived at my hostel. The Hostel was super. Really I enjoyed and the taxi and transportation were really cheap, when you go to Serbia, even you can travel by taxi. In the evening I left the hostel and I discover the city and I was hanging out with the people.
Belgrade’s long and storied history is suggested by its architecture, which varies from Byzantine and Ottoman to neoclassic and romantic buildings in the older neighborhoods, and from Art Nouveau to brutalism and neo-Byzantine design in New Belgrade. The city’s many theaters, museums, monuments, and opera houses boast a deep and fissured cultural life while the beaches and rivers attract sunbathers, sports enthusiasts, and partygoers on the popular floating river barges that serve as nightclubs.
In my second day, I met one girl who she is from Tunisia, but she was a student in Rumania ( I don’t remember exactly). We hang out a few hours and we had a really great time. Her name is Azza. And I will share our picture and I will say goodbye.
See you on my next trip!