Sunshine in Serbia
Trip Start Aug 18, 2006
149Trip End Ongoing
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Navigation was quite simple at this point- find the town I'm in on the map, find the town I'm heading for, follow the one and only road between the two
My first night in Serbia was in the town of Kula. I had followed signs for a 'leisure centre' that claimed to have beds, thinking this would be the cheapest option in town. It turned out to be a three-star motel with fountains outside and marble tiles.
-Do you know anywhere cheaper?
She phones someone.
-Which way did you come? From Sombor?
-(with a note of shadenfreude in her voice) Well, now you go back.
She gave me directions to a kind of hostel in Kula, which eventually got me close enough that the random I stopped and asked for help (by pointing at the name of the place on a post-it note and looking helpless) simply showed me the way on her bike
Despite not speaking English, the owners of the hostel were very welcoming and plied me with coffee and traditional Serbian home-made plum brandy. Sunshine then took me to her favourite bar in town. I didn't see any other bars in town, but it was a pleasant enough place anyway. From Sunshine I learned the all important linguistic tools that I try and learn as soon as I cross a border- yes, no, thank you, left, right, straight on and cheers! I learned about the migrant factory workers, who leave their families for months at a time to go to work. The guys staying at the hostel were working at the Jaffa Cake factory which I had been extraordinarily delighted to ride past earlier in the day. I got an early night, as I planned to cover the 135km to Belgrade the next day, and slept soundly under the influence of the brandy.