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April 16, 2015

Around the world in 80 Lumias: Serbia

The latest stop on our trip around the world takes us to Serbia, a beautiful country deep in the heart of the Balkans.

Serbia has a lot to offer, with world-famous nightlife in the capital of Belgrade, idyllic villages, and lovely countryside dotted with rivers and mountains. And there’s no better person to show us around than Slobodan Vujic, a talented Lumia photographer whose vibrant images capture the many sides of Serbia. Read on to find out more about Slobodan and his home country of Serbia, and be sure to take a look at his stunning photos down below.

Whereabouts in Serbia do you live and what is your everyday environment like?

I’m from a small town named Kula in the northern Serbian province of Vojvodina. In recent years, I’ve lived in Novi Sad, where I’ve studied Pharmacy. I choose Novi Sad not only because it’s close to Kula, but because it offers a lot of possibilities. Novi Sad is the capital of Vojvodina and the second largest city in Serbia. This multicultural city is located on the Danube river and is surrounded by slopes of Fruska Gora mountain. It is known for its architecture and for Petrovaradin — the biggest fortress on the Danube. Every July, Petrovaradin hosts EXIT, one of the most famous music festivals in Europe.

SQUARELumia830What do you do for work (or study)? How does your Lumia help you in that?

Right now, I study at the Faculty of Pharmacy, which I have chosen as my occupation. However, my great passion is photography. At first, I had a Nokia Lumia 920, but in the last few month I’ve been inseparable from my Lumia 830. Interestingly, it’s the River Danube, which parted me from my first Lumia. It dropped into the water when I tried to help some child on the riverside. But my Lumia 830 has compensated for all my pain. Needless to say, I’m now at a lot more careful when I get close that beautiful river. Happily, my city is so colorful and rich in historical monuments, culture, pop culture and art, it’s very easy for me to find equally beautiful places to photograph.

What places in Serbia would you recommend people visit and why?

If foreigners are asked what they like about my country, the first thing that they mention is the nightlife, especially in capital Belgrade. The second is our delicious food, but also our traditions and the attractions. Belgrade is a metropolis, the largest city of the Balkan Peninsula, the first lifeline of Serbia. The second lifeline is, of course, Novi Sad, especially during the EXIT festival when lovers of different types of music come from all over Europe and even the world.

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Dunavska shopping street

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Liberty bridge

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Main square’s neoclassical architecture

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Panorama of  Novi Sad

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Panorama of my hometown Kula

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The Big Backa Channel in Kula

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The clock tower, one of Novi Sad’s major landmarks

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The Victor is a monument located in the Belgrade Fortress in Belgrade

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Zmaj Jovina street

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View from Petrovaradin Fortress of Novi Sad

We hoped you loved Slobodan’s photos of Serbia as much as we did, and if so, be sure to follow him on Instagram. In the meantime, let us know what you think in the comments below.