In Serbia, as well as Bulgaria, the Cyrillic alphabet is used in their language; not knowing this, it was an interesting experience being surrounded by a totally unexpected and a somewhat new set of characters, right off the bus.
The Cyrillic letters (commonly and mistakenly referred to as just the Russian alphabet) have mostly a 1-to-1 relation to the Latin ones, making it a fun game to guess what it’s written on street signs given the context (once every character is translated, it’s not too complicated to guess the meaning of a word). The first sign I started translating was an obvious ‘тоалет’, right next to the toilet stalls, giving me a good base for guessing more words around the town.
Even with just a bit longer than a day in Belgrade, our Coushsurfing hosts (a very nice and active couple who traveled all around the world) managed to give us a glimpse of the local life: making us taste their homemade liquor, bringing us to a party (the guy played in a band) and showing us Belgrade from the Sava river on their boat.
In the afternoon before the departure, I wanted to try an activity which sounded amazing: Escape Room. By now, you would know how much I love trying different Escape Rooms wherever I go but, back then, it was the first time.
Since our hosts were also hosting another couple, we decided to try it together. We entered as strangers and left as a proud team: we managed to escape the room within the hour!
Belgrade was a nice little stop, even though I didn’t manage to visit some of the museums about the Serbian history, it had been fun.
In a rushed departure at 1 am, we got on the bus to Sofia, Bulgaria, the next destination.