Belgrade, Serbia was a week long recovery place from October 24-30th. With hostels for $5-10 a night, you can't go wrong. After visiting all the countries that have been in conflict with Serbia, it was interesting to finally visit the notorious place.
Belgrade means "white city", but I would prefer to call it a gray city. There were so many gray communist buildings, it was pretty depressing. Occasionally, there were some fun bright colorful ones. Considering it has been invaded over 40 times, there wasn't tons to see.
The balkans were full of graffiti, but, I think the Belgrade stuff had the most impact with the remnants of the Communist and War built into the subconscious mentality behind the city.
I had the chance to meet up with someone who had lived his entire life in Serbia. He was 8 when the war happened. His dad was in the government military, knew about the upcoming bombings. Most people were sent into the countryside or to nearby countries for refuge. They didn't have the finances to protect themselves with weapons from the USA and UN, but they have the intellect to be creative. They vacated government buildings expected to be targeted, and moved to the outskirts of the city in farming areas. They lit their countryside area on fire with coal, so the bomber planes flying over would think they had already cleared the area. Only about 5-10,000 people were killed compared to the hundreds of thousands that could have happened. There are certain bombed sites that were left untouched from the destruction. They have been covered over, so you can't really see anything. But, I think it's cool that they've left reminders and proof of the history.
The main attraction, another Orthodox church : Saint Seva