Going “Down South”

Apart from expressions of admiration for the beauty we were almost constantly seeing, the most common conversation topic within my group touring Serbian heritage sites in Kosovo and Metohija was hushed and almost embarrassed question: „Why did you decide to come here?“.  It was closely followed by an admission, that seemed to unite all of us : “My friends and family thought  that I was … Continue reading Going “Down South”

Northern Macedonia: (Quint)essential Balkan Country

Stunning scenery, beautiful historic sites and friendly faces are what you can find almost anywhere in Northern Macedonia. During both of my recent trips to the country, I was in equal measures surprised by the how wonderful many of its sites are – from the ruins of Marko’s Fortress in the dramatic hills over Prilep to the bustling Bitpazar market in Skopje – and shocked … Continue reading Northern Macedonia: (Quint)essential Balkan Country

Hip Markets to Majestic Mosaics: Four Things to Look Forward to in Belgrade in 2019

Due to a culture of unrealistic promises and hectic decision-making, it is often impossible to know for certain when, and even if things will happen in Belgrade. Nevertheless, in order to keep the spirits up during these dark snowy days here are four things, with a reasonably high probability of happing, which I hope will make life in Belgrade a bit more fun this year. … Continue reading Hip Markets to Majestic Mosaics: Four Things to Look Forward to in Belgrade in 2019

Brief Histories of Favourite Balkan Foods

While foreign rule and power struggles often brought havoc to the Balkan peoples, it also left behind a diverse cuisine in which various influences merge and make the best use of the region’s fertile lands. While some regional specialities do not cross borders, the limits between the national cuisines in the Balkans tend to be blurry, with many nations enjoying same foods, albeit claiming them … Continue reading Brief Histories of Favourite Balkan Foods

Four Places You Need to Visit in Serbia in 2019

In the past few years, tourism has been booming in Serbia thanks to the country’s better connectivity with the rest of the world. According to the Serbian Statistical Office, between January and September almost two million people visited the country, a growth of about 11 per cent compared to the same time period in 2017. While most of those visiting the country stay in its … Continue reading Four Places You Need to Visit in Serbia in 2019

Pokretači #42 Hedon Fehmiju – Pekarska Radionica / Beograd

Gost je pokretač moje omiljene pekare u Beogradu, Pekarske Radionice, Hedon Fehmiju. Pričali smo o tome kako izgleda izučavanje pekarskog zanata i pravljenje beskvasnih hlebova, kao i stvaranje novog „komšijskog“ mesta u kraju kao što je Dorćol. Beleške View this post on Instagram Srecan nam pocetak proleca🤣😱👏🍀❄️🌞 #dorcol #handmade #realbread #pekarskaradionica A post shared by Pekarska Radionica (@pekarskaradionica) on Mar 20, 2018 at 11:36pm PDT … Continue reading Pokretači #42 Hedon Fehmiju – Pekarska Radionica / Beograd

Pokretači #41 Tamara Panić i Miroslav Milović – Oblikus / Beograd

Gosti su Tamara Panić i Miroslav Milović iz dizajn studija Oblikus. Oblikus je redak, ako ne i jedini, dizajn studio iz Srbije koji je dobitnik prestižne Red Dot nagrade za dizajn. Red Dot su osvojili 2014., za njihovu prelep Moonlights sistem osvetljenja koji je izložen u Red Dot muzeju dizajna u Singapuru. Tamara i Miroslav su više puta nagrađeni i za svoj kreativni nameštaj za … Continue reading Pokretači #41 Tamara Panić i Miroslav Milović – Oblikus / Beograd

SpomenikDatabase: How an American Helped Preserve Memories of Yugoslav WWII Memorials

About a decade ago, Yugoslav WWII monuments were almost forgotten at home but started capturing people’s imagination around the world when Jan Kempenaers, a Belgian photographer, created his ‘Spomeniks’ (‘Memorials’) series, which included images of striking monuments at Kosmaj in Serbia, Podgaric in Croatia and Tjentiste in Bosnia and Herzegovina. His eerie photos of oddly-shaped memorials in dramatic settings attracted the attention of design and … Continue reading SpomenikDatabase: How an American Helped Preserve Memories of Yugoslav WWII Memorials

Pokretači #38 Ognjen Vučković – Samo Pivo / Beograd, Subotica

Ognjen Vučkovic, jedan od ljudi iza Samo Piva, prvog isključivo pivskog bara u Beogradu, koji je otvoren na samom pocetku zanatske pivske scene u Srbiji, 2013 godine. Sa Ognjenom sam pričao o tome kako su Samo Pivo, festival Vrteška i kompanija 300 Čuda, stimulisali rast craft pivarstva, ali naravno i o načoj zajedničkoj strasti prema pivu.   View this post on Instagram Popodne… #samopivo #tronbrewery … Continue reading Pokretači #38 Ognjen Vučković – Samo Pivo / Beograd, Subotica

Hidden Belgrade (36): ‘German Bridge’ and its Hero

Belgrade’s relationship with this iconic green-arched bridge, the city’s shortest and oldest continuously standing, started off in the worst possible way during the darkest days of World War II. After Nazi Germany attacked the Kingdom of Yugoslavia on 6 April 1941, the Royal Yugoslav Army blew up all of Belgrade’s bridges on the Sava and the Danube in order to slow down the enemy advance. … Continue reading Hidden Belgrade (36): ‘German Bridge’ and its Hero