Today we said goodbye to Bulgaria and headed to Serbia. Serbia is to be our first stop in what I have called the “triangle of fun” region of Europe: Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Montenegro and Kosovo. While they have not had the most cheerful recent history, I anticipate that the area will in fact be lovely and fun. I always enjoy visiting the more “out there” places that get less tourism, and I anticipate that this region will be quite the gem.
We left Sofia via train, and slowly made our way through the countryside. This was really not the world’s fastest train!
Eventually we made it to the Serbian border, and went through the easiest border check as of yet.
The scenery into Serbia was quite lovely, with fields everywhere of different shade of green. Eventually the train started following a river, and the landscape changed to rocky mountains before returning to fields. Most tourists on board were glued to the windows, and so were we.
Eventually we made it to our destination, Nis, a very proud city with a rich history. One of the oldest cities of the Balkan, its history goes back as far as the 5th century BC. Thracians, Celts, Romans, Turks and many others have come through Nis, but the tidbit of information I found most noteworthy was that Niš was the birthplace of Constantine the Great, the first Christian Roman Emperor and the founder of Constantinople, as well as two other Roman emperors, Constantius III and Justin I.
We made our way to our hostel, conveniently located in the old town and very close to the fortress, the market and the Nišava River. After having settled in and gotten dinner, we took a walk at sunset along the river. The area was popular with locals, from couples sitting together to joggers and a few kayakers on the river. It made for a good introduction to the city.