All book lovers, the end of October is perfect time to visit Belgrade! It's the time when Belgrade International Book Fair (Medjunarodni Beogradski Sajam Knjiga) takes place.
Here you can find a great number of books, Serbian or in some other languages, under the same roof!
me in the pedestrian street
going to Kalemegdan, you pass through the pedestrian street.its so alive and full of people there.there are many street sellers selling copy CD's, magazines and other cheap stuff. also you'll like to watch the buildings all along the street....
'Once people start selling their own shoes, you know this country has hit rock bottom.'Finally, the crowd broke and we entered through the gates to the asphalt market grounds where hundreds of stalls selling everything from brooms to Fila tennis shoes awaited my inspection. According to Buvljak regulars, there's not more than a 20% price savings between the market and your average downtown boutique. At the end of the day, four of us got away with spending an average of 175 dinars each. (DM 40 or USD 30) on necessities such as household products, cosmetics, appliances, ceramic ware and telephone cords. Buvjlak is no shoppers paradise, nor is it the Balkan equivalent of Wall Mart. There's no air conditioning, no place to try on clothes and of course, no money-back guarantees. Buvljak is a place where a keen memory and a strong bargaining voice are required to avoid the pitfalls: finding a product identical to what you just bought 20 dinars cheaper at another booth or purchasing something that breaks after a few uses . After a tour around the market grounds, you get the strangest feeling you're going in circles. You're not. Everybody's buying Nike sports suits and chintzy neon t-shirts from the very same supplier. How he gets his stuff and from where you probably don't want to know but trust me, money flows through Buvljak. Ever wonder how in a city where the average salary is 200 DM, people still manage to look cool? The answer is cigarettes. Gold nicotine. One Buvljak regular claims that more than 60% of the purchases made in Belgrade go through the market untaxed while as a private businessman, he pays overhead and over 20% in income tax to the government. This means that those making the best money in the country are those on 'extended sick leaves' or 'temporary layoffs' from dead factories. Why go on strike when you can get 300 dinar in social security a month (well, sometimes).and manage to earn 1,000 DM a month at the market selling boxes of Camels? But like Belgrade itself, the underlying problem is growing poverty. Right outside the market grounds the less privileged spread out their goods on the ground, hardly hidden from sight against the concrete block skyline of New Belgrade. Most of them are locals and most likely, my neighbors from Dorcol but from a distance, they appeared as refugees, economic refugees. The new amusement park behind the market appears absurd, as if somebody is trying to convince you that all this is all as it should be -that kids should accompany their parents to the outdoor market on Saturdays to ride rollercoasters. But others remember a different time and a different Belgrade when people had money and nice places to spend it. Gaga, upon rejecting a dull carrot peeler, recalled that she bought one once that was sharp and good quality. 'we used to shop at Ikea,' she said wistfully.
by Jennifer C. Brown
Ada Ciganlija is artificial lake in Belgrade. On Ada Ciganlija is a sport complex where a lot of people play different sports baseball, ragby, hokey on grass, boating, sailing, water skiing, paintball, aqua soccer, artificial rock for climbing, walleyball, walleball on the sand, bangee jumping, soccer, basketball, tennis, fishing, Holmer's trim, riding a bicycle and golf.
a funny detail
I took this picture because far in danish means dad.
Its a pub or a cafe near Kalenic pijaca, which is located close to the Vuk statue.
Its my fave pijaca, because i used to live there and they have the best vegetables and cheese.