My plan going into my trip was to make my way through the Balkans after I departed Budapest…too bad I loved Budapest too much and decided to stay way past my planned departure date. This left me in a spot where I had to decide to cut a stop out, and unfortunately that was most of the Balkans. However, I still wanted to at least go to Serbia, so I spent two relaxed days in Novi Sad, the capital of the autonomous region of Vojvodina and an amazing four days in the capital of Serbia and former Yugoslavian capital of Belgrade. I foolishly had higher expectations for Novi Sad than I did for Belgrade, as I imagined Novi Sad to be a whimsical little town full of old buildings and lovely architecture with cafes around every corner and Belgrade as a massive brutalist concrete jungle. And boy, was I far from right.
So, as the capital of an autonomous region, Novi Sad is in fact a larger city than most in Serbia. I was a bit worried as I got off the bus into what was essentially the unknown. The trip from Budapest to Novi Sad was pretty horrible, so I was at least glad to have my feet on solid ground. The hostel I stayed at was in an impeccable location, literally at the entrance to the Old Town. One of the coolest things I did was go to the Museum of Vojvodina, which showcased artifacts found in the region that explained how life operated. Besides the rather picturesque Old Town, that was honestly the best part about Novi Sad. I was sick for the two days I was there so I found it a bit difficult to really enjoy myself.
I honestly loved Serbia and enjoyed learning so much about the tumultuous history (and present) of the country and former Yugoslavia region as a whole. I really do hope that I’m able to make it back eventually to explore more, along with making my way through the Balkans! I definitely regret not doing that during my trip, as I feel like I missed out on a whole entire area I feel I would have absolutely loved.