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Serbia – Tara Mountain

February 13, 2017
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I may be a little late in making this post, but seeing as I have not been able to use this blog for a while, I figured it was about time I’d share my experience in visiting the beautiful country of Serbia last August.
I’ll start by saying that this country is a fusion of good food, friendly people, lovely weather and ridiculously beautiful stray dogs. I’d been fortunate enough to have a 3 week stay in Serbia thanks to my best friend who’d invited me to stay with her and her family in Sremska Mitrovica – Therefore we’d also managed to visit two of the more recognised cities, being Belgrade and Novi Sad. However my favourite part (and the bit I documented through means of social media the most) of the whole trip was that of Tara Mountain, in which we’d stayed for 4 days.
The drive up to Tara took 4 hours and plenty of stops for fresh air and snacks. Now considering I’m accustomed to living on a rock, 4 hour drives are not something I’d anticipated or thought I could survive, but it turned out to be an interesting part of the trip. I’d pretty much spent the entire time gazing out the window and snapping photos of passing sights whilst everyone else in the vehicle struggled to stay awake. When we did finally arrive to our accommodation on the mountain, it proved to be worth the hours of travel to get there. We stayed in an adorable hut in which we spent time winding down after days of hiking and sightseeing with a bottle of red by the fireplace.
Such wonderful nature is not something I’d experienced prior to this trip. I’ve grown up around beaches, and busy cities had always been my preference – so needless to say, containing my excitement at every incredible sight of greenery, and at that of a deer (Yes, a deer!!!) proved to be a daunting task. We did risk a few bear encounters throughout (particularly for the perfect photographs), which is something no Maltese citizen has ever had to worry about, so as one can imagine… I felt pretty rebellious. Fearless too.
My favourite part of the trip was probably the never-ending incredible Serbian cuisine… All the meat, cheese… – In summary, not a vegan’s dream. And of course, not to mention, the wonderful bonding time I’d been able to enjoy with my friend all throughout.

In conclusion, go visit.
Hope you enjoy the photos!

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Natalya Vukovic