A Serbian reader writes on an old Belgrade post: “I haven’t seen any other English-language writer pull these elements together into such a compelling portrait of the city.” — and Kami’s photos

4 Feb

My original post: Belgrade: Random notes from July 2014

Hi Niko,

Predictably enough, when I first discovered your blog (a happy accident — I was googling “Sveti Jovan Bigorski” and spent an unusual amount of time leafing through search results) one of the first things I did was look under the ‘Serbia’ tag. I’ve already seen all four of the posts you’ve referenced. All four are terrific, but I’m especially enamored of your take on Belgrade — you really understand the place and its people and its historical-geographical specifics. I haven’t seen any other English-language writer pull these elements together into such a compelling portrait of the city. It’s obvious that you care about the place, which means a lot.

Just out of curiosity, have you visited any other places in Serbia? I’m from Novi Sad and have the accent to prove it, but I really love the South (it’s where most of the history is, after all; and I like mountainous places). 
And would you recommend any other blogs? Doesn’t matter if they’re about culture, history, art, politics, travel, as long as they’re good ;)
I look forward to reading more of your posts!


[Edited and with my links and emphases]

Awesome Belgrade street art

And thanks to Kami at Kami & the Rest of the World for photos. See her site for some great catch-every-aspect photos of Belgrade. Money quote of her Belgrade description:

If you like beautiful cities with cute old towns and pastel houses, then Belgrade might not be for you.

But if you don’t mind more of an edgy place, with the funky vibe, great cafe scene and nightlife, some cool street art around and a peculiar mix of architecture (with some of the best examples of brutalism), then Belgrade is your place.

Her photo essay of Brutalist architecture in Belgrade and some other Balkan cities is really great and worth checking out.

Comment: nikobakos@gmail.com

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