Randomly rock up in Serbia
Trip Start Jul 26, 2005
74Trip End Nov 01, 2005
..I wont say much as i havn't had the best day. Here we are in Belgrade (actually Beograd) and we arrive straight out of the train station to attempt to get something to eat as we are so worn out. The food is very different here, so i randomly chose something and ate it. Wasn't to bad and the lady was nice, it was some pastery, and i had a coffee to try and help keep my eyes open for atleast a little while as i was so so tired. The toilets, well thats very interesting, this is the 2nd time we've come across the infamous hole in the ground, however every single one was like that here, haha and they just hose the floor down spreading all the goodness! - nice! Oh well, only toilets, so we went to the tourist office where we found she didn't speak a word of english, but we managed to try and work out "map" and "australian embassy". She gave us a map and we managed to scrape up the address for the Embassy
The main shopping place here actually didn't look to bad, and we did have a bit of a stroll around looking at things. We ran across this nice lady, which happened to speak really good english, and would walk us to the Australian Embassy as it wasn't far from where we were. Oh yeah!! Lovely citizen willing to help - backpackers can never get enough of these :o) We arrived, however the smile on my face soon diminished as the embassy was closed! gulp, i got a few of the emergency numbers off of the door and found a nice shady place to get on the phone. My phone was dying so i knew i had to resolve it soon. The after hours guy picked up very casually, like he was having tea or something (for a second i wasn't sure if i had the embassy). However it was, and i told him of my situation about being stuck, and unable to cross borders without a visa. The guy had literally no idea about any requirements whether australian's needed visa's for the neighbouring countries and told me to ask the local hotel's and travel shops!?!?! Definatly not impressed with the service of the aussie embassy here - so we hopped up and got treking again. 5 hours later we had been to numerous amounts of hotels, travel shops and about 6 other types of businesses untill i cracked it and waltzed down the train station again. Here i found myself yet running into another brick wall, as anyone relating to the train system just waved their palm at me indicating to bugger off and not bother me.. "pffft, goto tourist office" was popular - however, this was pointless, as there was no english speaking people at the tourist office. The train was now leaving in 2 hours and i had no visa. Very annoyed and disapointed we bought a ticket out of there for the following night at 8pm to Athens.
Now its time to find a place to stay for the night. Shitty, tired, smelly, thirsty we rocked up to the tourist office. She was a nice lady and gave me a smile as she was very helpful. We got the price for the cheapest hotel possible. But first... PIZZA!! mmm!! Ok, now i have not had a good experience so far, but sitting down and eating this was the best decision we've ever made! It was the best pizza we've ever had in our lives! I mean, it was perfect, not one flaw what so ever! We couldn't eat it all, as we ordered the 33cm one (eyes bigger than belly), but it was honestly to delicious to disgard, so we had to take it home in a doggy bag! hahaha! but oh you'd understand if you ate this... I'm not sure what the name is of the restuarant, but when i find out i'll post it up here! Italy has a big job on its hands if it wants to top this! We collected our bags and went to our hotel. It was a square concrete room pretty much, but it had a shower and 2 beds - absolute heaven! We showered, and crashed for a few hours.