Getting Lost and Found in Rural Serbia

The road had long given way to endless potholes filled with the muddy water of melted snow. Our tiny rental precariously scraped over the exposed rocks and gravel as we anxiously followed the map and tried to estimate if we could transverse the remaining kilometers until the next turn. We had been on the road…

New Eliza Year Resolutions

I treat my birthday like a New Year, because honestly, it is. I feel the anticipation of going around the sun another time, I stay up till midnight to ring in the new season, and I reflect on my past year and resolve to be even better in the coming year. I’d shoot fireworks if…

Rural driving to Zlatibor

We woke up just after daybreak. Though we were staying in a proper city, we heard various animals outside, the yowling of cats and the crowing of a rooster most notably. We consolidated our things into an overnight bag, then made our way down to the car. Our breakfast was on the road; I drove…

Heavy History in Niš

After spending our final night in Belgrade, we hopped in the rental and headed South to the city of Niš. It was an easy drive, only 2 and a half hours, and straight down a major freeway. Traffic was light, drivers were friendly, and the pitstops had nice warm food and quick service. Once we…

A Gateway to the Past- Banat

We got up early, put petrol in the rental, bought a few snacks to tie us over, and left Belgrade. We drove east, watching the buildings disappear and rolling plains take over the landscape. It was about an hour and a half before we reached our first stop: Banatski Karlovac. Here, we stopped at the…

Family History in the Balkans

This post is a bit more personal as it reflects on the entire reason why I chose Serbia to visit during my spring break. This story starts in 1993. When I was 6 years old, my father married my stepmom. We were living in Savannah Georgia, where I spent my cognizant years being raised by…

Return To Belgrade

We woke up to cloudy skies and a bit of drizzle. We pulled our clothes off the radiator and folded them stiffly into the bags. After making sure everything was sorted, we checked out and went to return the rental. We stopped for petrol and delicious cherry turnovers from heaven round 2, then dropped off…

The Fairy Tale of Fruska Gora

Day Three of our Serbia adventure! Make sure you see the part where we got engaged, then wander over to our favorite restaurant for the trip. We woke up in Novi Sad, got dressed, and started walking toward the car rental office. We left early enough to catch breakfast before the rental office opened. We…

Taking the train to Novi Sad

This is my second post in my Serbia Blog series.  Check out my first one here. We woke up in Belgrade, sleeping 10 hours like the elderly, but feeling refreshed and adjusted to time. After getting ready, we confirmed some directions with our host and went to a riverside park for a morning stroll. We…