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Dorcol Flat

Monday, Apr 13, 2020 by Ayca City, Apartment

For me it’s a big irony to stay in (self-)isolation behind one of the most playful wall decorations in Belgrade. On a brighter note, seeing people playing music and dancing together, even though it’s nothing more than an engraving on the wall, fills me with hope every time I enter the building. We (my husband and I) have lived in this flat for six months now and although convenience was the first reason for us in choosing this neighbourhood and this building, I feel that I’m becoming more and more attached to both.

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Isolation Place

Wednesday, Apr 8, 2020 by Simy City, Apartment

My name is Simy and I live in the centre of Belgrade in an apartment just off Knez Mihailova. I came to Belgrade as my son is studying at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Medicine and when he joined he was only 16 years old and as a minor had to be accompanied by an adult. So I quit my job and came to stay with him. I used to be Head of Customer Services for a multinational company in Dubai however when I moved to Belgrade I could not get any jobs and so I took to organizing Supper clubs and freelance as an Indian Food Consultant.

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My Place, Hyde Park

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2020 by Ivana City, Park

Hyde park (Senjak, Topcider) is my place of choice for a relaxing walk after work and during the weekend. It feels like an emotional reset to spend time in a quiet green space after a day in the office. The time I spend there is directly proportional to my good mood. I feel happy to be a part of nature and I feel reinvigorated after some exercise. Other people occupying the place are mostly locals taking their dogs out for a walk or their kids to the little playground in the park.

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My Place, Park-šuma Zvezdara

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2020 by Guy City, Park

Nine months ago, I relocated to Belgrade and moved into an apartment near Vukov Spomenik. I soon found the best way to walk to the city centre was through Tašmajdan, an urban park with paved walkways surrounded by lawns and a few trees. A couple of months later, I was really missing walking through woodland areas and began looking on maps to find one nearby. It was then that I discovered a wood not far from my apartment called Park-šuma Zvezdara.

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A Place For All

Thursday, Mar 5, 2020 by Ruby City, Tasmajdan

Tasmadjan is a park catering for all. It’s well located just out of town between the parliament and Vukov Spomenik. It has something for all seasons. A jogging path and workout area, cafes, paths, dog zones, kids’ zones, a stadium at the back and a church for when you feel spiritual. There are green lawns with trees throughout, some large and generous offering shade in summer. Apparently, it used to be a graveyard and has quite a history.

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Relic and Remembrance

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2020 by PA City, RTS

When we think of a war memorial or monument, we tend to picture bold statements in very public places – monumental arches, columns topped with statues celebrating victory: soldiers standing with bowed heads, minimalist engraved steles, a flame, perhaps, indicating loss or deep solemnity. Former Yugoslavia is scattered with its own unique spomeniks born out of the Second World War. Many are mighty, massive, stylized abstract structures, standing alone or set in cultured green spaces, imposing themselves on all that surrounds them and all who approach them.

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My place - urban but not

Monday, Feb 17, 2020 by Rebecca City, Kosutnjak Forest

I am picking the forest for my place in the city. It isn’t right in the city, but in walking distance from my house and you can easily take a bus there. I like it because it is close and a world away from the city. It makes me feel relaxed and happy and it’s the best place to observe the major differences between the seasons. There are a lot of “places” in the forest.

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The Potential of Neglected Spaces

Monday, Feb 3, 2020 by JC City, discussion

One of the many appealing features of Belgrade from this outsiders point of view, are the scruffy patches of land that occupy the spaces in between a spectrum of contemporary and post war developments. The forgotten places, unkempt playgrounds, graffiti inscribed spaces left over after planning (sloap), abandoned and unknown facilities etc. In some places this pervading cultural anomaly has been offset by creative enterprises, on the face of it their shelf lives appear limited.

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My place, Car park, Cetinska

Monday, Dec 23, 2019 by DJ City, Cetinska

On the face of it ‘my’ place doesn’t reflect typical assumptions, if such things exist, of what restful environments look like. I take it as a given that car parks do not feature in most people’s preferences when considering where to kick back. Nevertheless, ‘my place’ is a car park, or more accurately a car park that forms the space in which an eclectic assemblage of buildings and structures form a patchwork perimeter of businesses, bars and restaurants.

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My place, Tas

Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019 by Peter City, Tasmajdan

Barely five minutes’ stroll from home, Tasmajdan is a modest park, but that seems fitting considering the scale of the city. It’s dominated at one end by Sveti Marko Crkve. Although constructed relatively recently, its architecture is based on the 14th century Gracanica Monastery in Kosovo, lending it majesty and gravitas. As the park stretches away, it is filled with towering aged trees beneath which lie children’s playgrounds, fountains, statues and sculptures, all connected by a network of paths.

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Plato House

Thursday, Nov 28, 2019 by Bana City, turski sed

When asked to write about ‘my place’ I knew immediately what to write about. It is the faculty of philosophy. Tree of life. Six levels up. We are all breathing together, joined by an idea so porous and idealistic but strong at its root. I say “we” because I am also a former student of this faculty, majoring in ethnology - anthropology. Although I graduated from college long ago, I always go back to it.

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Kursulina Street

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2019 by Simonida City, walk

The place that is closest to my heart in Belgrade is Kursulina street on Vracar. It is located behind the Sveti Sava temple and leads to Kaleniceva market. There are only a few cafes there; it is mostly old communist residential buildings on both sides. However, those buildings seem to have been a bit more luxurious than the other communist buildings that can be seen in this city, as if teachers, lawyers and doctors populated them.

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My Place, Zemun Kej

Monday, Nov 25, 2019 by Janne Danube, walk

Living far away from home, family and friends makes me need a place where I can breath and find peace of mind. My place is a place, feeling and a necessity for me. The place is the quay along the river Danube, more specifically the end of the man made quay in Zemun. Zemun Kej is my paradise when walking there with my dogs early in the morning. I always meet the same few existences; the men who are standing on the brink with fishing poles trying to catch a fish or two, the stray cats watching the men begging for them to give them their smallest catch, the very cheerful lady who feeds the many swans with leftover bread from nearby restaurants.

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