2005-10-30

It keeps on rocking, back and forth

Last week's NY Times travel article on Belgrade got a wide range of responses over the net. This week there were also two letters from readers giving varying responses. Walter Blass teaches at the interesting "Megatrend University of Applied Sciences," which grew out of a consultancy firm (it would appear to be accredited), and writes that Hotel Moskva is unpredictably air-conditioned but recommends the cuisine at the bizarre Novi Beograd Hyatt (a good place to go if you have just murdered the criminal Vlada Kovačević, not so good if you are the criminal Aleksandar Knežević). While Nancy Anderson is "deeply offended to be told just how much fun it was to be partying there." Two perspectives which leave a person hoping for some middle position. Or any other position.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

So, we should all put our lives on hold for the satisfaction of someone who has probably never been to Serbia. What disgusts me is the licemerje. I assume the writer of that letter lives a normal life despite http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_War_casualties. But I assume that's different because the war "had" to be fought to "stop communism". I just wish stupid people would crawl back to where they came from...

Yakima_Gulag said...

yeah whoever wrote that letter has a real problem I agree. She sounded like the kind of docrinaire politically correct person that gives me a vapor. The U.S. isn't at war with Serbia i Crna Gora right now. I bet she didn't lose realatives on any side of the various wars. We can't know that but I doubt it very much. The people who were there for all that aren't takeing that attitude so why should someone who has nothing to do with the place really, have anything to say about it one way or another?
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Eric Gordy said...

It's hard not to be reminded of HL Mencken's definition of Puritanism: "the haunting fear that somebody, somewhere, might be having a good time." But -- doesn't anyone have it in for Walter?

Raoul Djukanovic said...

Re: Walter:

Those who take a chance and wander down some of the side streets (such as Makedonska) will find cafes and small restaurants frequented by local residents.

It's like peering under a stone at arm's length, what?

Eric Gordy said...

That's the spirit! And anyway, Makedonska a side street? It's not like ulica Ladne vode or ulica Djanga Rajnharta.

Raoul Djukanovic said...

Or the alley up Vracar way whose name I forget where there's a fridge and some decks and a ping-pong table lurking behind a rusty gate to give those who don't sleep somewhere to gurn merrily.