Hello, I am Thomas from Ireland and I was in Belgrade for about 5 or 6 days, in the summer of 2019. I knew that Belgrade was predominantly an orthodox city and Serbia is an orthodox country. I was interested in seeing the orthodox churches and I’ve been wanting to come for some time now. Finally, I got the opportunity to come.
EOB: What did you expect to find here?
Thomas: I expected to find everything I saw on YouTube videos, for example the orthodox churches and cafes, outdoor cafes, good weather and so on.
EOB: What is the first thing you noticed in Belgrade?
Thomas: How friendly the people are and how helpful they are if you are lost. They come across to me as being very laidback and very happy kind of people.
EOB: Describe Belgrade in one emotion.
Thomas: It’s very difficult to answer that question. It’s so different to everywhere else that I’ve been. Actually, happiness. I say happiness.
EOB: What do you dislike about Belgrade?
Thomas: I don’t dislike anything. I haven’t found anything so far that I dislike.
EOB: Compare Belgrade to your native city. What are the advantages and defects?
Thomas: I live in a small town. If you compare it to Belgrade, they’ve got good pubs and good bars. And they’ve got good opportunities for night life. There aren’t any defects where I live, because the place is really small. You have everything that you need.
EOB: Could you live here?
Thomas: At the moment I can’t due to personal circumstances, but that could change hopefully in the next few years. Yeah, I definitely would live here.
EOB: Give us the name of one city in the world that is similar to Belgrade.
Thomas: It’s very different everywhere that I’ve been. I look at some of the architecture, it reminds me of Prague.
EOB: What was your most memorable moment in Belgrade?
Thomas: To see the Saint Sava temple because I really wanted to see that. I saw it inside the crypt and was really impressed with that and I wanted to see it for so long. I’m glad I saw it.
EOB: Do you like our food?
Thomas: Yes. I love the Serbian food. It’s very meat based and that’s what I like about it. I’ve only tried two dishes so far but I’ll try more.
EOB: What do you think about our language?
Thomas: I learnt a few basic phrases before I came. To me, it’s very Slavic, but at the same time very different.
EOB: Do you think that Belgrade is a safe city?
Thomas: It’s very safe. I’ve never seen any hostility or anything like that.
EOB: Why did you decide to come here?
Thomas: Just to see the orthodox churches. That was one of the main reasons. And to try the food, as well.
EOB: You told me that Serbia is the first Balkan country that you visited. Do you plan to visit other countries?
Thomas: Maybe eventually. But, I came here and I am glad that I came. I’m happy to be here.
EOB: Would you return to Belgrade?
Thomas: Yes, definitely.
EOB: On a scale from 1 to 10 how sure are you about that?
Thomas: I’d say 7. I definitely would return, but I probably wouldn’t stay as long, I’d probably come for 3 days. I definitely would come back. I wanted to get to know the city first.
EOB: You went on a tour around the city. What did you see?
Thomas: I saw the Fortress, the Tesla museum, Kalemegdan, Zemun, Gardoš tower, Saint Mark’s church and a few other churches that I don’t remember the names of. I saw so much, and the Sava river as well. I had a great day.
EOB: When you return to your country will you recommend Belgrade to your friends?
Thomas: Yes, definitely. I hope to find someone that has been there and that we can share experiences about that.
EOB: What would be your first impression when someone mentions Belgrade?
Thomas: Saint Sava’s temple, definitely.
EOB: What would you recommend people to see in Belgrade?
Thomas: I’d recommend anyone to see Kalemegdan, Saint Sava’s temple, Zemun, the Ada bridge, Rajko Mitić football stadium.
EOB: You know a lot about football?
EOB: And do you know some of our football players?
Thomas: Yes, I know Branislav Ivanović, Nemanja Vidić and Lazar Marković, people like that.
EOB: You mentioned that you came here because of Saint Sava’s temple. Did you know anything about the man, Saint Sava? Did you read anything about him?
Thomas: No, I didn’t. I knew he was connected with orthodox theology, but I didn’t know anything about him.