5 things I never told you about Belgrade

by Eva

Keep calm, it's complicated with Srbija1. Belgrade emanates a constant feeling of conflict. I think it's one of the main reasons why this city is never boring, although I'm unable to pinpoint what the conflict actually is, nor do I have any idea if Belgraders feel the same; I also don't know whether the source of the conflict is the fact that somehow it's (always) "complicated with Serbia" or it's exclusive to Belgrade.

2. Most of the more expensive cars in Belgrade have tinted windows. Every time I see a car with tinted windows somewhere else, I automatically assume it has Belgrade license plates.

3. All Belgrade streets smell of the same perfume, but I have yet to catch it on a particular person. This way it's everywhere and nowhere at the same time. Who knows what it would smell like on me?

4. Although I've been to Belgrade quite a few times, I know there are large parts of it that are still completely unknown to me. "Parts" meant not (only) as locations but experiences. I also think it's impossible to live through all of them in one lifetime. Belgrade is vast (metaphorically).

5. My favorite thing to do in Belgrade is to go to the Kalemegdan Fortress at night and watch the lights of New Belgrade across the river. I never stay long, just a couple of minutes, but this view is probably why I'll be returning to Belgrade all my life.