Belgrade, Serbia is the jewel of Eastern Europe. Wonderful people, lively nightlife, beautiful buildings, and a vibrant art community. It's not an oft visited part of Europe for outsiders, but Europeans, especially younger ones, know it's the hotspot to have an exciting weekend.
Reliving Serbian history is not as uplifting. Walking down one of the main streets you see the old Ministry of Defense building (seen in the background) that was bombed out by NATO during the genocide of the people of Kosovo. It has been left untouched.
This all happened in 1999. It hasn't been 15 years since we set fire to the city, and I could not imagine a group of people more welcoming and accepting of foreigners. It was saddening and cheering at the same time to have these events in even the younger populations recounts of their childhood.