Dinars anyone

Trip Start Jan 17, 2007
Trip End Aug 29, 2007

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Flag of Serbia and Montenegro  ,
Friday, March 23, 2007

Time for a new country (and my eleventh new one!)
I'd like to say that I had a blast here, but the weather was disgusting!  It rained more than I ever thought capable of mother nature!
A bit about Serbia:
They use the Dinar (as far as I remember 80 or so to a euro...yes If relinquished converting with the Canadian dollar as EVERYTHING is in Euro!)
The capital in Serbian is Beograd, but Belgrade to we English speaking people
Buses and eating can be quite cheap! As well as hostels
I think that it could be a wonderful place unfortunately the rain combined with some sort of lovely stomach bug made my stay there unpleasant
However I would like very much to go back someday and have a more favourable experience!
Some interesting things about Serbia though:
Most tourist related establishments are monitored by the government to protect tourists from getting ripped off, as they want to develop a sustainable tourism industry...for instance, a taxi driver ripped off some fellow hostellers and they told the proprietor at our hostel and she will report it and the driver will get his license revoked for a substantial amount of time...sounds harsh but I bet he will think twice before doing it again!
The city itself doesn't seem to be bursting with things to see, however there are other places in the country that are worth a look...we met a montrealer who said that Novi Sad (2 hours or so north of Belgrade) is great! 
Some things that I have gotten used to (these are travelling things that one must get used to):
A) taxi drivers will pretty much always attempt to rip foreigners off...it is in their nature to make easy money and let's be honest, what is more easy than an unsuspecting tourist(although you do meet the occasional honest and/or helpful one!)...try to avoid taxis unless absolutely necessary and you will save money!
B) In eastern europe...showers are a part of the bathroom more or less...there are no curtains or even barriers or any sort to prevent leakage...if you have a shower the water will go everywhere!  And often yes you will have to hold the shower head up yourself!  (I'm so spoiled living in north america!)
C) Be prepared to be perpetually confused...I'm getting quite used to it...smile and nod and pray that someone will explain...luckily passport is pretty much a universal word :p
D) pretty much never take people's opinions of a place too seriously as theres are unique experiences and just because someone has a negative experience, does not mean that you will!  (that goes for guidebook warnings as well...be smart but don't let yourself get paranoid!)
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