The Unexpected Pleasures of Funky, Surreal Belgrade

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 in Culture, Serbia | 9 Comments
The Unexpected Pleasures of Funky, Surreal Belgrade

Belgrade was my base in the Balkans. I was constantly in and out, flitting from festival to city to seaside and back again. Lucky me. Belgrade wooed me and won me: it’s a funky, hip, rough gem of a city. Nondescript Yugoslav-era buildings stand next to ornate blocks of former glory, fancy ice cream shops […]

Belgrade in Black-and-White

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 in Black-and-White Cities, Photography, Serbia | 3 Comments
Belgrade in Black-and-White

In Tbilisi, it was necessary for me to shoot in black-and-white in order to discover the city’s mysterious spirit and offbeat charm. I shot monochrome in Belgrade for a very different reason—I  didn’t have enough color film. My supplies were limited, and I knew I would need the color film when I got to Montenegro—those […]

I Survived The Guca Trumpet Festival

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 in Serbia | One Comment
I Survived The Guca Trumpet Festival

I dreamed of Guca for months before the festival ever began. But dreams and reality inevitably take different paths, so it was no surprise that the festival was not quite the experience I imagined. I had fabulous fun, but mostly I feel like I SURVIVED Guca. I went with my two Czech friends, Michal and […]

A Practical Guide to the Guca Trumpet Festival

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 in Culture, Serbia | No Comments
A Practical Guide to the Guca Trumpet Festival

I discovered the Guca Trumpet Festival through some fortuitous online searching. I couldn’t resist it– a days-long festival of Balkan trumpet music? It sounded like heaven. But when I set out to plan my trip, it was hard to find accurate information about the logistics of the festival. I went anyway, and tried to figure […]

Here Comes An Adventure!

Here Comes An Adventure!

It’s finally set! I’ve been plotting and scheming about my summer travel plans for months, making and breaking itineraries, dreaming up new fabulous adventures, and living in the wonderful world of complete possibility. Of course, that complete freedom restricts when you actually COMMIT to booking tickets, which is perhaps why I constantly have overwhelming anxiety […]