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Belgrade

Zdravo! Zovem se Nevena i živim u Beogradu. Nemam pojma kako da započnem ovu priču ali je mnogo važnije kako ćete vi započeti vašu priču o Beogradu. Recimo da ste stigli autobusom ili vozom. Ako želite odmah da idete u centar grada (zašto da ne?) najverovatnije ćete se popeti Balkanskom ulicom. Hello! My name is Nevena and I'm from Belgrade. I have no idea how to begin this story but it's more important how you could start your story about Belgrade. Let's say that you came by bus or train. If you want to go to the city center right away (why not?) the most probably you will climb up Balkanska street.
Nadam se da ste u dobroj formi jer to može biti naporno kao i bilo gde u Beogradu pošto ovaj grad leži na oko 20 brda. Jednom sam čula dobar savet za penjanje uz ovu ulicu: Sačekaj neku devojku sa dobrom pozadinom i idi za njom, začas ćeš biti ispred hotela Moskva. :) Znajući srpske devojke nećete morati da čekate jako dugo. Možda ova na slici dole nije najbolje što možete odabrati ali poslužiće. I hope you are in good shape cause that can be tough just like anywhere in Belgrade since this city lays on around 20 hills. I heard once a good advice for climbing up this street: Wait for a girl with good bottom and go after her, in no time you will be in front of hotel Moskva. :) Knowing Serbian girls you will not have to wait for too long. Maybe this one on the picture below is not the best you can choose but it will do.
Onda imate dve opcije: idete levo da vidite Knez Mihajlovu ulicu i Kalemegdansku tvrđavu ili idete desno da vidite hram Svetog Save. Ako odete levo sigurno ćete videti ovog čoveka na konju, to je kneѕ Mihajlo. Ako vam neko kaže da vas čeka kod konja, ovde ćete ga naći. Iza spomenika možete videti Narodni muzej, trenutno zatvoren. Ovo "trenutno" traje već 10 godina. Prava šteta! Then you have two options: go left and see Knez Mihajlova and Kalemegdan fortress or go right and see Saint Sava temple. If you go left you will definitely see this guy on the horse, that's knez Mihajlo. If someone says that he's waiting for you at the horse (kod konja), this is where you gonna find him. Behind the monument you can see the National Museum, currently closed. This "currently" lasts for 10 years by now. Such a shame!
Kako god, ako odete desno naćićete se ovde, hram Svetog Save. Ja uvek idem desno. Zašto? Jer živim ovde. :) Pre trista godina Sinan paša je spalio na ovom mestu mošti Svetog Save, osnivača Srpske Pravoslavne Crkve. Ovo je najveća srpska crkva i jedna od najvećih pravoslavnih crkava na svetu. Ovaj čovek ispred sa sabljom je Karađorđe, Crni Đorđe, osnivač moderne Srbije, izabrani vođa Prvog srpskog ustanka s ciljem da oslobodi Srbiju od Osmanskog carstva. Anyway, if you go right you will end up here, Sveti Sava temple. I always go right! Why? I live there. :) Three hundred years ago Sinan-Pasha burned on this place remains of Saint Sava, founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church. This is the largest Serbian church and one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world. This man with saber in front is Karađorđe, Black George, founder of modern Serbia, as the elected leader of the First Serbian Uprising that aimed at liberating Serbia from the Ottoman Empire.
Još jedna impresivna zgrada je Parlament koja se nalazi na trgu Nikole Pašića ispred Pionirskog parka. Sunčanim danima izgleda ovako Another one impressing building is the Parliament, located on the Nikola Pašić Square in front of Pioneer's Park. On sunny days it looks like this
a nekad ovako and sometimes like this
Primetićete da je većina zgrada u Beogradu crna, siva, mračna. Nije to jer smo suviše lenji da ih okrečimo. To je zbog kontrasta, naša zastava izgleda mnogo bolje sa takvom pozadinom. :) You will notice that most of the buildings in Belgrade are dark, gray, obscure. This is not because we are too lazy to paint them. It's because of the contrast, our flag looks much better with such background. :)
Zamislite Beograd sa svim zgradama belim i svetlim kao ministarstvo finansija. Imagine Belgrade with all buildings bright and shinny like the Ministry of Finance.
Ko je ova lepa dama? To sam ja. Samo da vam pokažem da je Beograd lep i kad kiša pada, pogotovo noću. Ako nemate veliki kišobran kao ovaj, uvek možete pobeći u neku radnju, restoran, bioskop ili jednostavno uživati u kiši. Who is this pretty lady? It's me. Just to show you that Belgrade is beautiful even when it rains especially by night. If you don't have big umbrella like this one, you can always run away to some store, restaurant, cinema or simply enjoy the rain.
Ovo je Pobednik Beograda. Ne, ne ja, ovaj zamućeni lik u pozadini. Podignut da podseća na pobedu Srbije u ratovima protiv Osmanskog carstva i Austro-Ugarske. Da, mnogo smo opasni! This is Statue of Victory. No, not me, this blurred guy in the background. Erected to commemorate Serbia's war victories over the Ottoman Empire and Austria-Hungary. Yes, we are such a bad asses!
Jesam li vam pričala o prevozu u Beogradu? Did I tell you about transportation in Belgrade?
Ako želite avanturu... If you like adventure...
Ne, šalim se, danas je ovako. NO, I'm kidding, it's like this today.
Morate da razumete naš osećaj za sarkazam i samokritiku.
Ali kad već pričamo o avanturi, jednom sam srela ovu devojku na Kalemegdanu. Iz Estonije je, potpuno izgubljena, nije znala gde da ide, šta da vidi, šta se ne sme propustiti u gradu. Pitala sam je: kako to da si došla ovde tako nespremna? Pa, bila sam juče u Atini i svi se spremaju za Božić (bio je 25. decembar) i nešto sam mislila, moram da idem negde odatle. Makedonska policija je zadržala mog prijatelja pa sam došla sama. Oh Bože, ovde je tako hladno, obukla sam sve što imam.
You have to understand our sense for sarcasm and self criticism.
But speaking of adventure, once I met this girl on Kalemegdan fortress. She is from Estonia, totally lost, didn't know where to go, what to see, what is must see in this city. I asked her: how did you com here so unprepared? Well, I was in Athens yesterday and everyone is crazy about Christmas (it was 25th of December) and I was thinking, I have to go somewhere else. Police in Macedonia kept my friend so I came here alone. My God it's so freezing here, I dressed everything I have.
Da draga, ja takođe. Ovo sam opet ja sa našim ljupkim vebmasterom. Dva Eskima. Yes honey, me to. This is me again with your lovely webmaster Marija. Two Eskimos.
Ako želite da idete negde van Beograda ali ne daleko ovo je savršeno mesto, Avalski toranj. Podignut u šezdesetim, uništen u NATO bombardovanju i obnovljen pre nekoliko godina. If you want to go out of Belgrade but not too far, this is the prefect place to be, Avala tower. Erected in sixties, destroyed in NATO bombing and reconstructed again couple of years ago.
Nisam baš sigurna koja mu je danas svrha ali je lep pogled odozgo. I don't really know its purpose today but the view from above is nice.
Uh, mogla bih ovako beskonačno ali neko drugi bi mogao takođe da napiše nešto o Beogradu, njegovom noćnom životu, Skadarliji, Adi Ciganliji, mostovima, posebno novom, pozorištima itd.
Baaaaaj! Nevena
Oh, I could go on and on like this but someone else could also write something about Belgrade, its nightlife, Skadarlija, Ada Ciganlija, bridges, especially new one, theaters etc.
Cheers! Nevena
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