The local currency in Serbia is the Serbian Dinar or RSD, which is freely convertible (de facto, if not de jure) into euro and USD. Major cities are literally crammed with exchange offices (menjalnica) and other outlets, like casinos, will also exchange to and from EUR and USD. There aren't restrictions on tourists coming in and out of the country with a moderate amount of cash, but be aware that you won't be able to do anything with your RSD once you leave the country. It's better to change as much as possible into EUR before you leave, even if you're going to Croatia, Romania or Bulgaria.
Major purchases can be made in either EUR or RSD, but using RSD for smaller goods (like food) will ensure that you get something similar to the local price. NEVER EXCHANGE CASH WITH SOME DUDE YOU MEET WALKING DOWN THE STREET!!! That sounds odd, but you are likely to meet at least one man in the city who offers you RSD for EUR or USD on the street. Your chances of being cheated are pretty good, especially of you speak little to no Serbian.
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Written by vesna04 on Sep 19, 2003
Dear Vesna, Nikola Tesla was such genius that no human could compare!
It is the fact that no country on the world could give any support to excellence of such perfection of Nikola Tesla because of the rotten nature of the greedy man. The fact is that human race did not deserve Gods gift, especially if is not appreciated. Just a another example of the evil trying to destroy anything that is good. May God bless His soul on Heaven where must be much better then here on Earth. Nikola Tesla a Yugoslav immigrant to the US, is the gift of God and Serbian Christian Orthodox person who discovered Alternative Current (known as AC) and held the patents on the Radio, fluorescent lighting wireless transmission among his 700 patents…Nikola Tesla died nearly penniless in 1943 because he was scientist and faithful to the Lord and future of the people all over the world, rather then to be an businessman. July 10-2007, marks the 151th year of his birth in Serbian part of Croatia, Lika town Smiljan. Born on July 9/10, 1856 ( Austria-Hungary Empire at the time) to a Serbian Orthodox priest and his Serbian wife the teacher.
Glory to the genius man who lit the world! Glory to the Lord and Savior who created us, and died on the cross for our sins
Melina @ www.Bogoslovlje-KJV1611.Piczo.com
Raspberries are very abundant in July,August and September.Serbian farmers are quite busy picking this wild forest fruit.It's so delicious and has lots of vitamins.Its the custom that every household in small villages prepares jam and juice from raspberries.Its quite delicious!
Celebrating wedding in Serbia is interesting and mostly enjoyable.The traditional wedding dates to the ancient times.Here in the picture is brother in law of the bride who is grabbing the apple before the bride comes out of her house before going to the wedding ceremony.
In Serbia,Christmas is celebrated 7January.One of the tradition is to light fire in a room outside the house normally situated in the garden.Whilst removing some ashes with a piece of wood one has to say his wishes for the coming year:for example for having better health,for having more kids,having more money and lots more that one can think.This is called Badnjak in Serbian language.
"The Housekeeper" is the first coloured egg. Mostly the red one. People keep it a year, until the next Easter. It is usual to colour eggs on the Great Friday before dawn. The most beautiful eggs are first drawn with wax then coloured in paint. It makes beautiful drawing on it.
To be a Godfather is really something honour here. We use to say: "God in the Heaven, Godfather on the land". Godfather is NEVER a member of the family. Some family has Godfather from the other family for years.
If you come for a business trip don't be wonder if you business partner tell you "We will do it easily, let's go eat something first". It's the tradition here. Whole social, business, cultural and, why not, love life are happening here in coffee bars and restaurants. Simply, we love to eat and drink and there we feel "like a fish in a river".
Prijatno i ziveli! (Bon Appetite and cheers)
We don’t have to worry about our political future. Everyone thinks that he could be better president, prime minister or some minister, or party leader. Politic is the topic in almost every conversation, doesn’t matter of situation or place. Don’t try to join conversation, you just can make conflict between you and a rest of a company.
Vote for me on the next elections.
PRASNJAVI FOR PRESIDENT!
When you drink, doesn't matter what but especially alcohol drink, and you want to toast, obligatory look at right in the eyes. It's tradition and a sign of respect. Otherwise, they will think that you minimize thing you toasting to and tell you: “Look at me in the eyes”!
OK, not everywhere. In state institutions is forbidden but everywhere else you can light a cigarette. Even, people walk and smoke. It is ours national sport, too. Obligatory, offer the other with a cigarette.
Don’t be surprised if someone call you for a lunch or dinner and pay all. It’s a custom here. Even if their salaries are too small, people won't let their guests to pay anything. They don’t pay they bills separately even if they see each other for a first time. To pay just what you had for a drink or food?
Tradition to call husband’s or wife’s parents “father” and “mother” is very long in our history. It shows respect to husband’s/wife’s parents. Unfortunately, it is disappearing nowadays and young people calls their parents in low putting “ant” or “uncle” before theirs names.
As everything here is in the sign of “three”, almost every home here has altar with three icons. One is, always, of the Patron Saint and the rest are, mostly, Jesus and Holy Virgin. It is always on the eastern wall in the house.
I have Saint George on the top, triptych which is about 300 hundred years in my family, and a small icon of Jesus which my grandmother was caring in her purse. Also, the sanctuary lamp is more than 200 years old.
Our church, Serbian Orthodox Church, didn't accept the New calendar and we celebrate New Year on, hm, and yours 13/14th January by “yours” calendar. We call it “Serbian New Year”.
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