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Political tourism in Belgrade
Published: 05/04/2016

We know that Brazil is going through a difficult time and to write the word "politic" can result in friendships or love broken, fights at family gatherings and so on. But it is impossible to talk about Belgrade, capital of Serbia, regardless of political issues.

As in Sofia (click here to read more) and Bucharest (click here to read more), we did two tours: one on general history and another focused on the period in which Yugoslavia existed, but both are loaded with politics.

This issue also exacerbates the mood here. During one of the tours, the guide completely lost his temper and argued with an American on the status of Kosovo and the genocide committed by the then Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic.

Taking off the political issues - if possible - Belgrade is a very lively city, with people on the streets all the time, cafes and crowded restaurants, several museums and many green areas to hide from the sun. The days we spent here were incredibly warm, verging on 30ºC.

There aren't a significant amount of historical buildings, mainly due to the conflict in which the country has passed since the First World War. But it is still possible to visit a castle in the upper town, some Orthodox cathedrals and the Museum of the History of Yugoslavia, where is buried Josip Broz Tito, the national hero and responsible for the formation of Yugoslavia after the Second World War.

The guide who lost her patience with the american tourist told a very interesting story about one of the neighborhoods in Belgrade, called Silicon Valley because many women put silicone implants in their breasts and went to this neighborhood to try to find a husband. This happened in the early 90s, shortly after the end of Yugoslavia, when the country was not in one of the best economic times,let's say. Many people had no food to eat, and the number of plastic surgery hit records.

The alleged future husbands were from the fuel mafia: a group of businessmen who modified gasoline and sold it for a higher price, taking advantage of the turbulent moment  in which the country was going through.

Like it or not politic , certainly is worth knowing Belgrade and hear the stories of city residents, especially over the last conflict occurred in 1999, when NATO bombed Serbia for 79 days in a row to press Milosevic to stop the genocide that happened in Kosovo. Even today you can see buildings completely destroyed by bombs, as well as Sarajevo is still full of walls with bullet marks (click here to read more).


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