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Ready, Set, Take-Off!

imageThe milestone countdown on my profile has come to an end. This means the big day is here.. YIKES! It’s all starting, click here to read more

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Learn Serbian With Me!

 

 

So as I told you in my previous post I’m starting to get acquainted with the Serbian language. I feel great satisfaction when I see that I’m learning a new language. I know I’m not going to turn pro, but I’ve picked up a few words, I can count to five and I’ve become able to read a bit more like pronounce but that’s good for me. I found out a while back that the Serbian language has two alphabets – Cyrillic and Latin. Continue reading

Prep Time!

I’ve been boasting about my upcoming trip and how I’m feeling about everything (check my feelings post here) but I haven’t really told you how I’m preparing for it. So first of all I haven’t packed a single thing. I’ve been advised a lot to pack ASAP so I don’t have to run around picking up things at the last minute. But I just have so many things to go through and tidy up before I can start packing that makes me want to put everything off till forever. I also need to start carefully selecting what to take and what not to but then I face the dilemma of prioritizing laundry, storage and shopping space – because if I take a lot of clothes, to avoid doing a lot of laundry,I will need a lot of closet space (I’m not sure it’s available) and I will have little room for packing what I end up buying. Talk about first world problems *sigh*
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The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

As my blog count down states,  I am officially 16 days(from when this got posted) away from boarding that plane headed for my adventure! It’s hard to count down and realize there’s just so much time left for me to travel when my friends have already begun their own journeys, right? So, I’m investing my time into researching every single thing I want to do in Serbia, and particularly Belgrade!

I’m beginning to have cold feet and butterflies. I’ve also begun to doubt my decision and worry about silly things like what if a dorm-mate of mine turned out to be a serial killer? or what if I made the biggest mistake of my life. Maybe I sound crazy to some of you, but I guess it’s justified jitters. I can’t deny that I’m very excited to travel so I’m trying to block myself from over thinking the worries and the troubles that I’m going to face. Because I’m gonna have a good ol’ time in the lovely Serbia! I can’t deny that I’m really excited about the shopping experience. In Belgrade there’s a famous flee market and a bunch of traditional shopping areas that I’m keen to try – apart from the global retailers we see in Lebanon.

For my lovely readers that don’t know, I’m going with IAESTE (International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience) to Belgrade, Serbia. It’s supposed to be a great cultural and personal experience. I’ve never been part of anything like this before and I’ve never been out of the country by myself, so these two months are going to be the time of my life. Besides, this will count as my internship and as a milestone in completing my engineering degree.

Thanks for hanging in there as I shared my feelings! If you have any interesting places for me to visit, or any activities I should do, while I’m on my trip, please share them in the comments below; and if you’re interested in finding out a few of the places I’m so excited to visit check out Must See Belgradian Landmarks here!

Until next time … Zbogom!

 

 

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Must-See Belgradian Landmarks!

I’ve been doing a lot of research in order to plan and organize my upcoming trip. It is very important for me to visit the great sites and landmarks and get a real feel of Serbia. I simply want to make the best of my experience. So, I chose the top six landmarks that I believe shouldn’t be missed by anyone going to Belgrade!

 

First up we have the Belgrade Fortress which dates back to approximately 3rd century BC! Belgrade FortressIt was first founded by the Celtic tribe of Scordisci and was known as Singidunum. 

The fortress witnessed numerous changes in masters from the Romans until the Bulgarians in the 12th century. After that it fell in the hands of the Serbian and Hungarian Empire. The Hungarian king Béla I gave the fortress as a wedding gift to his son and Serbian wife. In 1521, and for approximately 350 years, the fortress was conquered by the Turks.

Nowadays, the fortress is divided into four parts, Upper town, Lower town, Large park and Little park, and has been a venue for a few concerts in the past few years. 

The fortress lies on the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers and is surrounded by amazing scenery which can be enjoyed for an entrance fee of just 7$!

 

House of National Assembly

Another great landmark is the House of National Assembly. The house is located at  Nikola Pašić Square, downtown Belgrade. Construction began in 1907 during the reign of King Peter I and was completed in 1936.

 

 

 

Terazije Fountain

The Terazije Fountain got its name from the Turkish word terazi which meant water scale. Terazije place came to existence when  Prince Miloš Obrenović ordered Serbians to move out of areas where they have been mixed with Turkish inhabitants and build their houses near Terazije. It might be notable to state that the Terazije place McDonald’s branch is the largest branch in the Balkans!

 

Old PalaceThe Old Palace (Stari Dvor) was the residence of the Obrenovic dynasty that ruled Serbia intermittently between 1817 and 1903.

Today, the City Assembly of Belgrade resides in the palace, however, it is open to tourists who would like to soak in some culture and history.

 

 

More recent royalty residences are located in the Royal Compound that holds the Beli 800px-KraljevskiDvor1Dvor (White Palace) and the Royal Palace. The former was completed in 1937 while the latter in 1929. Both palaces where residences of the Karađorđević royal family which ruled for over a decade until 1945. The Royal Compound also includes the Royal Chapel as well as a large park.

 

 

National Museum of Belgrade

Finally, for a dose of culture and art, the National Museum of Serbia. Being established in 1844, the National Museum is the largest and oldest museum in Serbia with a collection of more than 400,000 objects.

 

 

 

These are some of the places I found out about. There are many more incredible places that I’m just dying to visit. If you have any suggestions of places to visit, or activities to do, please share them in the comment area!

Until next time .. Zdravo!