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Old 19.07.2010, 18:56
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Re: Does anyone like the Serbs? (Exit Festival Serbia review).

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I don't know, if you read the original post and stayed on topic, you would have found that it it was a positive thread, and more importantly about visiting Serbia as a tourist destination.
Well, you could also have chosen to stay on topic yourself. Perhaps by calling your thread simply 'Exit Festival in Serbia Review' rather than with the rather misfortunate question -- 'Does anyone like the Serbs?'

You see, saying that you enjoyed a festival in Belgrade, had a good time and a lot of cheap booze is great. Extrapolating from that that everything there is roses and that the whole nation is awesome but somehow strangely misunderstood is a different story.
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Re: Does anyone like the Serbs? (Exit Festival Serbia review).

First of all, greetings to everyone. I am from Bosnia, I live in the city of Bijeljina (1 km away from the border with Serbia). How much time I spent in Bosnia, I spent so much time in Serbia. I am a Serb and I am not ashamed of it. I have read a lot of positive comments here and of course I'm glad. Here was a war. A long time ago. If you haven't live here, you can not know anything about it. Newspapers, TV, tell everything, to be marketed better. But in any case, if you want to know something about Serbia, here are a few words. The monthly earnings in Serbia is 300 euros. One bread is 0.70 euro, juice (Coca Cola 0.50) 1 euro, a large pizza 5 euro (or less). Here or anywhere in ex-yugoslavia LOVE music. If you came with positive attitude, you will leave ex-yu with more positive attitude. If you ever decide to visit Serbia, you will not regret it.

Natasha, one big hellooo for you.
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Old 21.02.2011, 21:36
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Re: Does anyone like the Serbs? (Exit Festival Serbia review).

Welcome to the EF. Nice first post. I have never been bored and always enjoyed company of good Serbian folks. Time to explore the country as well na zdrovie! Ziveli!
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Re: Does anyone like the Serbs? (Exit Festival Serbia review).

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Yes, I do!
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Old 25.10.2011, 00:59
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Re: Does anyone like the Serbs? (Exit Festival Serbia review).

Just wanted to say I work with a few Serbs, and they are actually, ALL, really nice people. Very funny, great characters, hard workers and unlike some others, not up themselves....
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Old 25.10.2011, 09:53
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Re: Does anyone like the Serbs? (Exit Festival Serbia review).

It was a few years ago and I was travelling from Zakopane to Krakow by coach. There was a lively group of Serbs on the board and I ended up spending the entire journey talking to an amazing Serbian man called Vlad. We broached a lot of subjects: lighter (Star Trek The Next Generation, the Exit Festival) and more serious ones (well…). The two hours passed much too quickly. I should add that my shoes were completely wet because I had been walking in the mountains with some friends that day and we’d ended up in a stream.Anyway, I didn't seem to notice that physical discomfort.

Anyway, I still hold very fond memories of that journey. We parted our ways and never saw each other again…
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Re: Does anyone like the Serbs? (Exit Festival Serbia review).

1EUR beers and you think they ripped you off? that is actually cheap for serbia and how much you would pay in a grocery store. in cafes, expect to pay around 3EUR.regarding wars etc., all sides are to blame so i do agree that serbs get unfair treatment by the western media.
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Re: Does anyone like the Serbs? (Exit Festival Serbia review).

Speaking of Serbia... who wants to go to see Metallica in Belgrade?! They have a gig in March I think...

Tickets are so cheap that it's worth to drive over, at least the AC/DC ones were!
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Speaking of Serbia... who wants to go to see Metallica in Belgrade?! They have a gig in March I think...

Tickets are so cheap that it's worth to drive over, at least the AC/DC ones were!
I'd be in, crash here then go by car or train.

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Re: Does anyone like the Serbs? (Exit Festival Serbia review).

The thread title is a little odd but I fall very heavily in the pro-Serbistan camp. I went to Exit fest in 2007, to Gucha festival (Balkans brassband music) in 2009 and another time in mid winter.

Exit festival is pretty sweet - the setting isn't your usual openair in a field / racetrack / air force base but in an old fortress. Next to a river. In a country with reliable mid 30s summer days and not a drop of mud in site...and the locals do indeed love music and a good time.

It probably helped a lot that 2 of 3 times my Serbian flatmate's friends were showing me about, but even the other time where it was just random strangers it was a lot of fun.

Good food, good people, low prices and good times. My Swiss-ified digestive system took a few days to adapt to the 80ish-% meat diet (and the irony is in the summer they have the nicest veggies and stone fruits I tasted in years), but no complaints. Well worth a visit.
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Re: Does anyone like the Serbs? (Exit Festival Serbia review).

Wow,

I just came accross your tread and enjoyed reading nice things about my people.
Well I am Serb who migrated to Australia, and am offically citizen of Oz . OZ. serbs in Australia are known to be good people, shame you did not come accross any in OZ since there is a massive population overthere.
Since my relocation to Switzerland I have noticed Swiss people especially having bad thought of Serbs, but I tend to be great ambasador of my both countries serbia and Oz since I love them both equaly and try to explain that Serbs are not as evel what many people think.
I appreciate your post and being honest because I am sure anyoneone who visited or met serbs will realise they are honest and good people.Enjoy a new visit if you plan and know how much I have appreciate your thought about my home land.
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'Cause I am totally sold. Never have I met kinder and more generous people.

I have put this in travel as I just today arrived back from Exit Festival in Serbia, and I cannot sing enough praises, but I will try.

To be honest, I did not know much about the politics before I went there. Yes, I knew it had been a war zone in my life time, yes I thought I understood certain things, but I just wanted to go for a great party.

I have been to many festivals in my life, including Swiss ones, and I was guessing the organisation would be shit, you would be ripped off at every turn, and well, the Serbians would be pricks just there for you to give them your money and off. I was wrong on every single front (do you like what I did there?).

Firstly, when we arrived, we thought we were staying at some house with a swimming pool and BBQ which we had booked. It was actually someone's grandmother's house: clearly the Old Bird had heard that she could make a shit load of money by renting out her house for the week, so she was well up for it. She also thought that with a pool that would be more, so we had a blow up pool. More fun the more people you have .

She was always pottering around and trying to clean up after us (she even tried to carry my suitcase!). Thus, every night before we went to the festival we made sure that there was no crap laying around. The house was located on the Army Barracks underneath the fortress of Novi Sad, 1 hour north of Belgrade. On the way out (or in, which ever way you are looking at it), there was a Fire Station. They thought, "screw it, let's open a bar outside and rob them blind for 1 Euro a beer". On the Thursday I asked them what time did they close. He looked at his watch and said, "Monday morning".

Now, we ended up spending a fair amount of time at this bar, and got to know them. So very kind and sweet. Not that I had a preconceived judgement, but I don't think I have met a kinder bunch of men.

At the festival it was even more so. Not only was the organisation sensational, but everyone wanted to stop for a chat. Even when I told them that I was Australian (as you may remember, we kicked Serbia out of the World Cup), they did not want to kick me in my lady parts.

Some of the chats and the views were so liberating for me. Because these peers of ours have experienced war. It was not only Serbians we met. My eyes are totally open now. I suppose to put it differently it was attainable empathy. Normally you hear second hand stories and you try to understand. This was different.

I am kinda chuffed I got this message, as the Festival was started in 2000 as a political protest against Milosevic.

Belgrade was also incredible. Want a hot weekend with your Frau? this city is positively vibrant, and not too pricey. I was fascinated, and all my nerve endings are still tingling in a similar way to they did after New York, but it is even more raw.

Anyhow, even at the airport the man checking my bags asked if I had been there, I said yes. After I had answered in an affirmative manner that it was my first time in the country, he said, "it is always wonderful when people visit. Please do so again" and then told me all about the night life.

This reviewer gives the festival two thumbs up.

Oh, and the music was great too .
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