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“Hot” sights in Belgrade


This may not be the most picturesque vision in Belgrade, but it’s one of the most common in the summertime. No, it’s not women in short dresses; that’s actually quite picturesque. It’s the home-grown approach to catch water dripping from air conditioners.

Now that Belgrade is in the throes of a heat wave, bottles are set up all over town. I like to think that the type of bottle usually corresponds with the type of store in a building. The hair salon by my apartment uses an old shampoo bottle and most of the bars or convenience stores will use a spare drink bottle. I’ve even seen a bar using an old Jelen bottle, but didn’t have my camera with me at the time.

I’m  a huge fan of the bottle system, because it prevents the sickening feeling I get when an air conditioner drips on me. As it turns out, the water is not poison-filled-icy-nastiness, but it feels that way all the same.

Thanks, Belgrade shopkeepers, for keeping our streets drip-free and turning the A/C on, despite fears of promaja! Now if we could all work on opening up more than one window on busses…

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2 responses

  1. Anonymous

    Your buses comment reminds me of another bus story from Belgrade. Apparently, country of Japan donated some city buses to Belgrade; however, they had a condition, they would periodically inspect the buses for cleanliness and AC had to be ON. As you know fear of ‘promaja’ is a big deal and I actually had family warning me that Japanese buses have AC on and to watch for ‘promaja’.

    August 26, 2011 at 6:38 pm

  2. We still have those buses! I’m not so sure that they’ve held their end of the Air Con bargain, though…

    August 28, 2011 at 6:53 pm

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