“To be honest, I didn’t have any expectations, because I had gotten my hopes up a few times before and the pandemic had always come in the way. I was assuming this event was at high risk of being canceled as well, but luckily it wasn’t! Not having any expectations made the event actually much more enjoyable. The program looked amazing (“boat party” are my two favorite words), so we were definitely off to a good start, but as I said, you never know”, Nils explained to us.
Similar to Nils, Victor applied to join the event so he could see his friend after a long time. He didn’t have any plans around the time of the cent and suddenly everything started falling into the right place.
“I got a two week break between quitting one job and starting another, so it just made sense. As such I basically applied and went with no expectations, I didn’t know the Balkans at all before coming and I wanted to keep an open mind. I find that the best trips are often those decided on a hunch, without any expectations, so I fully committed and basically drew out my plan in the month before the event”, says Victor.
“I have a theory (untested for Serbia), that it’s always better to visit the second biggest city in a country than the biggest because it usually has more spirit, and I hold this true for France where Lyon or Marseille (depending on if you take metro population or city limits population) have a lot more character than Paris. I’ll have to see Belgrade to be sure, but Novi Sad was really great. I guess it’s maybe that since it’s not very touristic, it doesn’t feel like a tourist trap, or worse, like being at home. In many other places I went to, which were lovely, I kept hearing people talking French everywhere to the point it wasn’t even surprising anymore. I find you need to get away from that to really discover a country or culture, either by not going to the ‘obvious’ place or by visiting off season, I think Novi Sad had that, an authentic culture”, Victor is saying.