After a bumpy flight, we arrived in Belgrade. Mark and I were a little suspicious of the hostel that we had booked as it only had a handful of reviews and they were all pretty much 100%. This turned out to be the case for us too! Nikola, the guy who ran the hostel was very helpful, a lot of fun, and is a heavy metal dude who calls all his guests his kids. So he was very hospitable. We didn't do much the first night, just grabbed some amazing falafel sandwiches from a shop; as recommended by Nikola, had a few beers and went to bed.
Kate woke up with swollen eyes from conjunctivitis so Nikola kindly took her to the pharmacy to get some antibiotic cream. We were very thankful for his advice and help, when we said thank you, he said "well I've gotta look after my kids!" haha
While we waited for Kate's eyes to improve, Mark's friend Emma arrived because they were going to EXIT Festival too! Hence us traveling with Mark for the last few weeks. And cos he's a top bloke!
While there are many things to see and do in Belgrade, we didn't achieve a whole lot. We walked around the huge fortress for about 20 min then treated ourselves to a cocktail in a bar within the fortress, looking over the Danube River. This was all the sightseeing we managed because we were all spent and needed to buy supplies for the festival the next day.
Belgrade has a great nightlife so we had a few drinks in the hostel with Nikola and a few other Aussies who were also going to EXIT. We all partied down by the Danube River on the barges and house boats which are tied up on the banks and used as bars.
Nikola arranged a private transfer to Novi Sad in a mini-bus with the other Aussies for midday, which was a lot easier than getting a normal crappy bus. Especially because some of us were feeling a little seedy from partying the night before.... And thankfully Kate's eyes had cleared up just in time for EXIT!