Belgrade, Second Impressions
An interesting quote from the current wikipedia Belgrade entry:
Belgrade was under some form of attack some 54 times since AD 1, or every 37 years on average. This means that, statistically, every citizen of Belgrade has seen two attacks on the city in his/her life.
The cars here are also very different - after my time in Rome i am used to seeing small European cars, but i do not recall seeing these small Eastern European cars. The most phenomenal one is the Lada Niva 4x4, which is like a miniaturized version of the Ford Bronco. It is awesome and might even fit nicely into the back of my (future) Toyota Tacoma. There are of course all models of Yugo and plenty of them, and some nice looking Skodas as well. Yugo is by far predominant, which isn't at all surprising.
Before i forget to mention it, local beer (pivo) in these parts is very good, though the Zagreb beer i had was a little better than the Serbian beer i've had so far.
I think i may have also forgotten to mention my amazement that the airplane food was vegan (i ordered vegetarian), even providing margarine and a vegan dressing - quite impressive. Since then i've had to eat bread and water if i wanted to have close to a guarantee of vegan food, though there was a restaurant close to the Cathedral in Zagreb that had a good selection of vegetarian dishes and was open late.