On July 21, 2012, I woke up at 9:30 am. I still had so much mucus still and I’m coughing because of the mucus. At least my throat feels so much better now. Ivan was still sleeping. I finished the book Now You See Her book by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge.
Ivan woke up around 11:30 am. Its unusual for him to wake up later than me. Everybody started getting ready since we were headed to the lake today.
We’re doing a project and we got Tanja to take a picture of us with Nenad so he can be in the project.
It won’t be done til next year.. so you’ll have to see the finished project then!
Ivan, Lil Dave, Nenad, Tanja, the Polish couchsurfers and I headed to the lake at 1 pm. It was a really hot day. We took two buses to get there.
We arrived at the lake and beach of Ada Ciganlija and headed towards where Nenad thought it would be a quieter place to hang out. Nenad pointed out a seafood restaurant for us. We stopped at the next restaurant and put our bags down. Nenad thought we should eat here. We waited to get the menu. I asked the Polish couchsurfer girl (no idea what her name was) if she brought her swim suit. She said she didn’t have one. How can you go traveling without a swim suit? It’s not heavy at all.
There wasn’t any fish on the menu. Ivan said we’d go to the seafood restaurant and come back when we were done. Nenad said they’d be here or swimming in the lake.
Ivan, Lil Dave and I had lunch at Stentor. Lil Dave got a banana salad. Ivan and I shared a trout and carp. Ivan had a Staropramen beer. The food was pretty good.
We went back to the table and Nenad and Tanja just got out of the water. The Polish couchsurfers were headed to the city centre soon. We wanted to stay awhile and go swimming. Nenad said they were leaving in 20 minutes, so they could get ready for their friends party and then head to his house.
There are small stones everywhere and no sand. I walked into the lake with my sandals on. The lake water was murky and there was lots of lakeweed floating around.
The water felt great especially since it was so hot out. When it’s this hot out, you HAVE to get in the water to cool off! Ivan gathered bunches of the lakeweed and tried to scare me saying it was a monster. He’s so silly and funny.
We left shortly after 7 pm. We walked to the bus stop and we saw Belgrade’s version of Stonehenge.
The traffic was really bad since there was construction going on. Ivan thought it would be better if we started walking to the next bus stop. Good thing we did.. the traffic was moving slowly. Thank Goodness for the CoPilot GPS app on the phone. It’s free and gives you maps for cities around the world. Every time you want a new city, you do have to re-install it so you can get the map for the new city. We got to the other bus and waited a few minutes and got on the next bus.
We arrived back at the apartment at 8:15 pm. Nenad and Tanja were still there getting ready. They also ran into traffic.
Nenad left us keys which we would have to give to the Polish couchsurfers later in the city.
Ivan and I took showers and we all left at 9:30 pm. Luckily, we found a taxi cab right away and hopped in. We met up with the Polish couchsurfers at 10 pm at Republic Square. Ivan gave them the keys and we said bye. The couple were nice, but very boring.
Ivan, Lil Dave and I walked to Little Bay for dinner. It’s a great restaurant that has theatre type booths with classical music playing in the background.
It was really cool!! Lil Dave got a chicken stuffed with bananas dish and a banana soup. Ivan and I shared salmon tartar, little shrimps salad and salmon. The salmon was delicious – I love when the skin is crunchy! We also enjoyed a lovely Riesling. For dessert, we got a yummy chestnut cake with cherries and chocolate. It was a great meal in a great setting.
We then headed to a kafana that Ivan had remembered being pointed out from the walking tour that we did. It was just off the main cobblestone old street but hidden enough so that tourists wouldn’t really find it. The moment we walked down the stairs we were met by this very very friendly girl called Ivana who found us a place to stand and immediately recommended that we get some of the local Rakia (brandy). So, we got two and then stood and watch as all kinds of drunken revelry took place around us. It was a small place with only a few tables and there were a band at one who were playing some local upbeat folk music, and all the men at the table were singing their hearts out as if they were performing in font of an audience of thousands!! We would have loved to have joined in – if only we knew what on earth they were singing!
We chatted to Ivana who was really friendly and nice to chat to. We told her about our weddings and our travels. She tried to translate the songs the band were playing – they seemed to involve love which would explain the passion the men at the table seemed to have for the songs. After a bit one of men was carried out by his friends – looks like he had overdone the rakia a bit…that or he had just passed out from all the exhaustion of the singing!!!
We also tried some honey rakia. The rakia are served in these cute glasses which remind me of the volumetric flasks that are used in laboratories. The honey rakia was really sweet and much tastier than the first one. Ivana said it was the same alcoholic strength as the first one which was surprising as it didn’t taste as strong.
After a while we left and went to find a taxi to get to the river to go clubbing. Unfortunately the taxi driver ripped us off. It DID have a meter – but the meter was jumping like it was in a race to get to a million dinaras (the currency here). In other words instead of going up 4 dinaras at a time, it was going up about 40 at a time! The journey should have cost about 350 max (about 4 dollars) but cost 1600 (about 20 dollars). So although we were totally ripped off, its not as if it broke us!
Once we arrived at the river we took a walk along the riverbank. There were barges parked all the way along with clubs onboard. You could hear the music pumping out from all the places. We walked to the end and went on one barge that was playing 60’s/70’s/80’s music. We danced for a bit and it was really fun. After a while we left and walked along the river again and tried to enter a few more places. However they all said to us ‘do you have a reservation’ , to which naturally the answer was ‘no’, and they said ‘then you can’t come in’. Ivan actually did read about this – apparently all the clubs are just full of tables – tables at the bar, tables on the dance floor, tables EVERYWHERE – hence the only way you can come in is to have a reservation at a table. I think they just do this so that they can insure that everyone is drinking.