Serbia has been recently featuring a lot as an unlikely oasis for New Yorkers wishing to escape their city and travel a little.
In its recent article, the New York Post writes about a New York native, Davis Richardson who recently moved to Serbia.
“It reminds me of Williamsburg circa 2010,” said expat Davis Richardson (age 27) who was looking to escape NYC a few months ago and wound up putting down roots in the capital city, Belgrade.
“I now pay half what I paid in New York during a pandemic to live out of a suite overlooking all of Belgrade. It’s a no-brainer: Either I pay double and live with more restrictions, or I pay half for more amenities and experiences with amazing people who want to go out to restaurants and talk about things other than politics,” said the communications specialist.
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Richardson meets up with friends for coffee, goes out to nightclubs and hookah bars, and even hits the gun range while living out of a boutique hotel called Mama Belgrade.
“The Serbian mindset is very proud,” he said, adding: “They don’t see a virus as getting in the way of their success and happiness.” “This city has a magical way of healing you: You can explore hidden underground fortresses, observe traditions going back centuries and have conversations with nuance,” said Richardson, adding that the new restrictions won’t change his views. “If things keep going the way they are in the United States with social unrest and lockdowns, I think more and more people will come here.”
With no quarantine requirement for Americans, the formerly war-torn Balkan country’s hip Belgrade has been a big draw during the coronavirus pandemic. Air Serbia announced 34 flights to JFK in October, far surpassing the 24 routes from October 2019, even in a plagued year for travelling, the article says.
(Vecernje Novosti, 18.11.2020)
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