Winter Holiday planning- home away from home here I come..

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…well not exactly- need to wait three more months!! Oh gosh!!
I can’t remember last time I´ve made plans this early..
But now it is kinda a must, cos my school.
Few more courses to take and then I have my internships to do and that´s it.. yaiks!!
I meant to go first to a hotel and then to one very interesting Travel Agency and my bf asked his holiday to match my break with these internships.
But things don’t always go the way you plan those, so one change of plan please 😉 – I will get back to that lil later.

So started to ”plan” this holiday already and of course that starts with: where to go?!
Both wanted to go for years to Minsk, Belarus and some friends visited there last summer and they had nothing but good to tell (except it is a large city and traffic is wild), they had some local friends too!!
Anyway, been reading stories from others too and Minsk sounds my kinda city!
BUT we are not going to Minsk. Not this time, maybe on summer (finally)!
I hope they will get that ”Visa-free” program soon!!
It´s been few years I first heard about that but still waiting!! 😉
I heard they have also had similar negotiation with Russia, but then Finland got stupid with these sanctions and that´s it! 🙁
But been thinking to get one year Visa to Russia, I have only seen St. Petersburg and there are a lot more to see and of course many hockey games 😉
And my great-grandmother (hope I got that right) came from old Karelia.
I have heard some of our family members still lives there so I am curious to find out more and visit them. Also our dog comes from Russia, so would like to visit those shelters.
They did a bus trip last weekend there but couldn’t go then.

ANYWAY, back to our winter holiday 😉
Thought that easiest would be just go to a Visa-free country, esp. now that I don’t have that much money to spend..
Last year we drove to Latvia – I just love Latvia! I call Latvia a home away from home Baltic and my home away from home Balkans is Serbia.. So you might guess now our destination?! 😉
Yes, we are going to Serbia <3

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Got some hints here and there about Serbia before this, u know those funny pop ups, a story, pic, news, ad or so!
Few days back we were just lying on a sofa and I just started to do something with my phone and ended up to look Booking.com pages and took a look at Belgrade, "our" apartment was free and fair priced! Told my bf about that and he got excited as well- I was lil surprised since we both hate flying, have a huge fear of flying :/
BUT we booked the apartment from Basco Agency via Booking.com.
There would have been other places to stay at but booked from Basco 3 times before and like them!
They have great service, even now they contacted and told how nice it is to have us back and if there is anything tehy could already do for us!
Also, they have been flexible with check in rules and with payment. It is hard to get enough dinars here (and it cost a lot in Germany, once did that 🙁 )
They also helped us, even though we didnt plan to visit Belgrade but Lake Subotica (unfortunately didnt get to go there either since the refugees..)
They also offer airport pick up, a big help too!!

Love traveling but absolutely hate flying, I am frightened already.. Not kidding!!
Going to Serbia on winter means flying.. am ready to do that every now and then.
Now some of you things that I am not really ”aerophobic” etc.
But am already ”shitting my pants” (come & see LOL).

Despite that.. booked also flights (glad I did since the price is already 120€ higher) – so that means we are really going back to Serbia!! 🙂
First visit there was summer 2014.
At the beginning of that summer I thought it is going to be worst summer ever since money situation but with some luck and my sweet bf we had amazing holiday (first Russia then Serbia → BIH → Serbia)!! Am sure I havent told much more about that holiday since I ”started this blog” after that but it took a year to write anything.. Sorry if wasting ur time 😉

Serbia, said to be a hidden gem!! Not too many tourists!
Well,last time visited there on Feb. 2015, so it could have changed..
Belgrade is old, little bit (how to say) shabby but very charming so dont get me wrong with that! <3
There is a lot to see and do! People are more than nice, I went to shop some make up and they asked where I was from, how did I like it there, how did we end up there etc.
People are nice and helpful but still be careful!
As everywhere else, in Belgrade you can find some shady people! Our cab driver tried to get more money driving around and telling he didnt know where to go, but he got just what we agreed and he was pissed off.. That was just one time, other cabdrivers been pro´s!

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At restaurant you also get great service!! And food we got was cheap and so good!!
Just can not wait to go back; 5 meat kebab & pizza!
We have two fave places there, I hope they are still there and are as good as used to 😉

Pizza Botako is just next to our apartment, we found it by chance on our first trip.
We live at Knez Miletina, few steps away from Skadarlija, almost all the buildings are apartment buildings, as walking to Skadarlija we heard some live music and went to see where that came
from and found that Picerija! They have lovely garden and music there during summer!
And their pizzas.. when am thinking about one good piece of pizza Botako & Lava Kövi Pizza (Siofok) are my top 1 😀
So if you are looking for a good pizza in Serbia- go to Botako: www.pizzabotako.rs
And that 5 meat kebab (Old Kebab) I mentioned, we first thought that is expensive place and too fancy etc and almost missed! But went to try it and were surprised, so good food and cheap! 2 meals, started salad & two drinks less than 20€!
So this restaurant came quickly our fave place as well 😉
Must to visit if you are in town: www.restoranvelikaskadarlija.com
Their menu is also in english! Just getting hungry looking at that menu 😉

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I cant explain how Serbia became my fave country, I just love it and been missing back ever since our last vacation!
As been to Latvia many, many times and still love going back, same with Hungary and Serbia.
After these trips I have started to understand more people who said they have been 20 times to Thailand or Spain etc. There is just that something..
I´ve also got some funny looks telling we are going to Serbia on our winter holiday: like why u wanna go there, there is no sun, it is cold etc.
What a weird place to go! Well watcha gonna do 😛
Go and see 😉
BTW, some still thinks it is a war zone and it is not safe there cos that etc. Oh boy!

I just googled Serbia and this came up
www.placestoseeinyourlifetime.com/top-10-things-to-see-and-do-in-serbia-22760/

We had to make presentation about one country, (no need to) guess which I chose?! Da, Srbija!
I got good feedback & others who havent been there said it was interesting!
Here is a clip I also showed them: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kc7sVHpkJc

Have stayed in Belgrade but also travelled to Sarajevo (and back) by Gea-tours door to door minibus. That was really something!
Breathtaking views, crazy mountain roads, traffic.. but something I would do again (on summer)!
So I got to see more Serbia as well.
This is why I like roadtrips more than just a simple flight – you get to see so much more, get the real taste of that country (and no need to fly!).

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Last winter holiday there we had so much to do and see in Belgrade (Museum of Yugoslav History, Aviation & Tesla museums, Underground tour, going around, eating, drinking, shopping..) so we didnt go elsewhere.
This time would like to visit Novi Sad. It seems interesting & Petrovaradin fortress is there (I like stuff like those). Also our airport pick up Milos told us to go there, actually few times, so maybe we should finally go 🙂
Some of you might know Novi Sad / Petrovaradin for EXIT festival (one of the biggest in Europe). Dont know about that but I can tell Belgrade BeerFest is something I have experienced, woww!!
Love it!! Maybe not my type of music in first place but I really liked it, happy people, no fights, no wasted ppl, extremely cheap beer, no queuing, well organized +10 (even the music 😉 )
Next August again, maybe we get to visit there once more 😉

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SO in a nutshell ? that is where I am going then..
I know it is just October but maybe some of you have plans already?!
Or if dont, where do you wish to travel?!

Do have more stories to tell but I need to go and get ready to my interview tomorrow..
Wish me luck 🙂

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