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ENERGIZE THE FUTURE!
LC Belgrade’s workshop 13th - 20th December 2009
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Table of contents
Welcome to the city that never sleeps Energize the future workshop Survive! Tips & Advices Weather 4 5 6 8 11 12 15 18 19 21 23 8
Serbian language for beginners Money and Currency Map of the City Centre City Public Transport Taxies
Cafes, restaurants and night clubs Important phone numbers Sightseeing places
Welcome to the city that never sleeps
No, you are not coming to New York, but similarity is too obvious not to be mentioned.
So, welcome to the White City
Belgrade is situated in South-Eastern Europe, on the Balkan Peninsula. It is the central economic hub of Serbia, and the capital of Serbian culture, education and science.
It lies at the point where the river Sava merges into the Danube. The river waters surround it from three sides, and that is why since ancient times it has been the guardian of river passages. Because of its position it was properly called “the gate” of the Balkans, and “the door” to Central Europe. During its long and turbulent history, Belgrade has been conquered by 40 armies, and 38 times it has been raised up from the ashes. Serbia is small country, but we can proudly say that it is a superpower in sports . One can often meet European, World and Olympic champions in the streets of Belgrade. There is no gold medal we didn’t win even more than once.
If there’s one thing that Belgrade does not lack, it is places to go out. In fact, the nightlife here is probably on a par with much bigger (and far more popular!) cities - the selection of bars, pubs, cafes, and clubs is too vast for a comprehensive listing to be made here. It is a city where you can dance until sunrise seven nights a week, where hospitality crackles in the air, and where looking good is a birthright and a religion in one. One thing is for sure - IT’S NEVER BORING in Belgrade!
Energize The Future workshop
“Energize The Future!” - ETF is the LC Belgrade’s workshop which will be held between 13th and 20th December 2009 in Belgrade. The main focus of this workshop will be on newest discoveries concerning power engineering and its related subjects. At this workshop you will be able to find out more about the relation between energy and ecology, power quality and the ways of improving it, use of renewable energy sources, automation, etc.
ETF offers you the opportunity to listen to the lectures given by the very best and the most eminent professors of our country. Besides teaching part, our professors will provide practical tasks that will be solved in groups. Also, every participant will get a course certificate. Beside the academic part, you will have a chance to experience Serbian culture and beauties of its country side and of course the mix of eeStec spirit and famous Belgrade’s nightlife.
Survive! Tips & Advices
Main thing to bear in mind is to be always relaxed. It is much respected way of life philosophy here, and you should obey it completely. Not many things can go wrong, since Big Brother of EESTEC is watching over you, but should you come across some common situations like: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. entering wrong bus lost at some part of the town dead mobile battery facing basic nature’s needs (need to go to toilet) facing Armageddon and end of the world
Here’s what you should do:
1. We will provide you with city bus map, which you will consult before entering a bus. You have 4 types of transportations: buses, mini buses, trams and trolleys. They are all indicated by numbers, and mostly all of them with final destinations. Most common numbers that you will come across are the ones going from faculty to the city center. Those are: buses 27, 26 and tram 7 (going to railway stations). If you enter a wrong bus, you should scan the bus and look for young passengers and ask for help. Lots of people here speak English very well, and most people will be glad to help you. If nobody can help you in the bus, just exit on the next stop, and try consulting your map for reference. Since bus stops are not very distant from each other, you’ll have no problem returning to starting point. 2. Same strategy as before relax and asks some young people for help. City center is in walking distance of 10 minutes walk from the faculty, so if you wander in some unknown street you’ll never be far away. As you can notice, your most common route will never lead you far from either city center or the faculty.
Relax, and then let’s go step by step:
3. If you are in a situation that you need to make a phone call, and your mobile battery is dead, you can purchase “Halo cards”. It is a card for telephone machines placed all across the town, distinctly red colored. You will always have numbers of the 6
organizers with you on your IDs, and you’ll be out of trouble in no time.
4. Unfortunately, there is only one public toilet in city center, but good strategy is to enter some tavern (kafana) and kindly ask to use the restroom. 5. For this situation the best recommendation is to fulfill your wildest dreams as quickly as possible. Do a bungee jump, wind surfing or some other wild fantasies.
Also, as in any other big city, you should pay more attention for your personal things in situations like crowded streets and buses. You should try to avoid exchanging your money at the railway stations and some banks. We will provide you with current exchange rate, and some most common exchange offices. As for the academic part of the workshop, we expect from you mainly not to fall asleep during the lectures, and secondly to keep an open discussion atmosphere. We provided you with probably the best university lectures in our country and they will know how to keep you awake. Considering hostel “Lucy” and your actual stay in the rooms, here are some tips about what you should know: • • • • Bring your own towels You have the use of washing and drying machine
Hostel has Internet connection; you can access by their PCs
Following these simple advices, you’ll have no problem experiencing a wonderful time during your stay in Belgrade
Near the hostel you have a bakery, pizza & coffee shop, exchange officies and 2 banks
Belgrade has a moderate continental climate with four sessions. In this period of year temperatures vary from 5 to 15 degrees Celsius and very often blows Kosava - the southeast-east wind, which brings clear and dry weather. So, we advice you to bring coats and other suitable clothes for use in winter. To get more information about weather forecast before your trip use this link: http://www.vremenskaprognoza.org/Serbia/Belgrade?lang=en
Serbian language for beginners
The good thing is that most people in Belgrade speak English very well, so you shouldn’t have a problem with communication. But, we will give you some useful phrases that you may use in everyday life in Belgrade. Reading and pronunciation is very simple – each letter is pronounced the way is written. Official alphabet is Cyrillic also known as “Azbuka”, but we also use Latinic alphabet, “Abeceda”. Azbuka Aa Бб Вв Гг Дд Ђђ 8 Abeceda Aa Bb Vv Gg Dd Đđ Pronunciation /a/ /b/ /v/ /g/ /d/ /ʥ/ Ее Жж Зз Ии Јј Кк Лл Ee Žž Zz Ii Jj Kk Ll /ɛ/ /ʒ/ /z/ /i/ /j/ /k/ /l/
Љљ Мм Нн Њњ Оо Пп Рр Сс Тт Ћћ Уу Фф Хх Цц Чч Џџ Шш
Lj lj Mm Nn Nj nj Oo Pp Rr Ss Tt Ćć Uu Ff Hh Cc Čč Dž dž Šš
/ʎ/ /m/ /n/ /ɲ/ /ɔ/ /p/ /r/ /s/ /t/ /ʨ/ /u/ /f/ /x/ or /h/ /ʦ/ /ʧ/ /ʤ/ /ʃ/
English Yes No
Serbian Da Ne
English Bro You are boring Home alone Drinking Do you want a cigarette? Hanging out Understand? I swear Mum Dad
Serbian Brate Smaraš me
Hello Bye Good morning Good evening Good night Bon appétit Thanks Sorry
Prazna mi gajba Hoceš pljugu? Cirkati Blejati
Dobro jutro Dobar dan Laku noć Prijatno Hvala Izvini Dobro veče
Kapiraš? Keve mi Keva Ćale
I don’t understand How are you? I love you Cheers! Coffee Beer 10 I miss you
Ne razumem Kako si? Volim te Živeli! Kafa Pivo
See you in city center
Vidimo se kod konja
And of course, don’t forget to say “BRE” after every simple sentence in Serbian language! Here you can find some useful Serbian language lessons: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfLvnXIu664
Hajde da plešemo
Money and Currency
Serbian currency is dinar (symbol is RSD) and it is divided into 100 para. 1 dinar = 100 para is a very little amount of money, so it would be enough for you to remember only dinar as currency. Banknotes are in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 5000 RSD and coins of 1, 2, 5, 10 and 20 RSD. You can change your money in any exchange office (in Serbian: MENJAČNICA) or in banks. Working hours of exchange offices are 8 am - 8 pm from Monday until Saturday. There are also exchange machines, for the situations when the offices are closed. One is placed just across the faculty building, and other one is in the city center near The Square of the Republic. Average prices Pljeskavica Pizza slice Pancake Here are listed some of the most common prices of the articles that you will come across: 150-230 RSD 120-150 RSD 60-70 RSD 40-50 RSD One EURO here is around 94 dinars.
Bottle of water (0.5l) Beer can (0.5l) Beer at pub
Cigarettes (the most expensive ones) Bottle of Coca Cola (2l) Bottle of vine (average ones)
100-150 RSD 97 RSD
Chewing gum (Orbit, Winterfresh)
200-300 RSD 45-50 RSD
Map of the City Centre
Here are some parts of Belgrade’s map in order not to get lost! Legend:
School of Electrical Engineering
City Public Transport
Belgrade city public transport is provided through a network of bus, trolleybus and tram routes. During the workshop time we’ll provide you free tickets. However it is useful to know how to get ticket. Single tickets for day services (04-24h) can be bought: • • • at GSP points-of-sale (42 dinars) at kiosks marked with a ticket sales sticker (cost: 42 dinars) in public transport vehicles, from the driver (cost: 80 dinars)
Single tickets must be punched immediately upon entry into the vehicle, using the ticket-punch machines installed in every vehicle, by each set of doors. And don’t forget that tickets bought at kiosks are cheaper than those purchased in vehicles! There are also express minibus services which are a little more expensive, but also more comfortable and quicker as they do not stop at every bus-stop. Tickets can be bought at vehicle and cost around 100 dinars. E1 Ustanička - Blok 45 E2 Petlovo brdo - Dorćol Tickets for night services (00-04h) are more expensive, those are 100 dinars.
E3 Medaković 3 - Blok 61
E4 Ustanička - Bežanijska kosa E6 Mirijevo IV - Blok 61
E5 Zrmanjska - Zvezdara (pijaca) E7 Banjica II - Dunav stanica
E8 Braća Jerković - Dunav stanica 15
Tram lines 17
Taxi services in Belgrade are provided by cars of varying colours, but they must all carry a blue city taxi sign on the roof as well as the designation of their taxi company. Taxi prices are for e.g. from hostel to Republic square is round 250 dinars during the day, and 400 dinars during the night hours. Also most of taxis give discount if you call them, so ask us to do that :)
Taxi companies: Beotaksi Beogradski Gold taksi Žuti taksi Pink taksi
+381 11 970
+381 11 9801 +381 11 9806 +381 11 9802 +381 11 9803
Cafes, restaurants and night clubs
Coffee shops You can always grab a cup of your favorite coffee of your taste in these world famous coffee shops. They are all placed near the faculty, so you will be fully awake during the lectures “Love cafe”, Address: Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra 98 “Greenet”, Address: Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra 72/74
“Costa Coffee”, Address: Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra 80
“Orao restaurant” (eng. Eagle restaurant) - It is located both on Bulevear Kralja Aleksandra and Despota Stefana street. Cheap, with varieties of food (vegetarian included) and very polite english speaking staff. Address: Bulevar Despota Stefana br. 28 “Little Bay” - De luxe restaurant with accessible prices, great baroque theatre-like interior and classical music. Sometimes with live gigs. Adress: Dositejeva 9a Kafane (eng. Taverns)
Apart from some main taverns in Belgrade mainly located in bohemian quart “Skadarlija”, it is always great pleasure in going to a less known places, and enjoying real heart and soul of our nation. All of them are either near the faculty or in the city center. “Majdan”, Address: Slobodanke Danke Savić 1 “Srpska kafana”, Address: Svetogorska 25 “Pavle Korčagin”, Address: Ćirila i Metodija 2a (very near the faculty; use this information at your own risk) Beer, vine & rakija places
All of the places offer good service and good beer. Exceptions are Irish pub, where you can try Guinness beer (beware, for 0.5l glass you will have to pay around 6 euros), and Turtle pub where you can try blueberry beer. 19
“Optimist”, Adress: Bulevar Despota Stefana 22 “Kornjaca (Turtle), Adress: Ilije Garašanina 26
“Irish pub” - 3 Carrots”, Adress: Kneza Milosa 16 “Vruci gavran” (eng. Hot Raven), Adress: Čika Ljubina 7
“Casina” (Brewpub, with own made beer), Adress: Terazije 25
“Vinski podrum” (Wine cellar) - located at Karadjordjeva Street, it is place embedded in the cellars of “Kalemegdan fortress” in a part of an old underground passage. It is common practice to grab some bottles of wine here and then continue to “Corba cafe” because they are near each other. Adress: Karađorđeva 31 “Rakija bar” - It is assumed you all know what this place is about. It is must see & try place for all rakija lovers. You will have opportunity to consume our traditional drink in variation of 50 different types (!), in a modern and relaxed ambient. Adress: Dobračina 5, Kralja Milutina 4 Night clubs “Bukowski cafe” - Cafe dedicated to famous American writer Charles Bukowski, with a really interesting ambient, and with lots of variations of his famous drink - alcohol. Address: Kicevska 6
“Voodoo” - Hard rocking place. You can enjoy music from hard rock era up to heavy metal sounds. Adress: Nikole Spasica 3
“Čorba cafe” - Our version of Hard Rock cafe, but this one is dedicated completely to our famous rock group “Riblja Čorba”. You can drink at low prices, play pinball, enjoy fantastic wooden interior and listen to guitar gigs. Address: Braće Krsmanovića 3 Jazz club “Ptica” (Bird) - Must see place for all jazz lovers among you. Named after famous Charlie “The Bird” Parker, its unique combination of Belgrade pre-war house (before 1914) ambient and famous jazz musicians. The gigs are held on Saturday and Sunday, Address: Santiceva 08; Open: 08pm - 02am. 20 “Seherezada” - nice quite place, in the center of the town, where you can relax by sitting on pillows and smoking water pipe
Important Phone Numbers
Emergency services: Police Fire Ambulance 93 92 Outgoing international code: 00 Serbia country code: Beograd Niš 011 Area codes in Serbia: Novi Sad +381 63 650 809 +381 63 659 241 021 381
Organizers phone numbers: Marko Mojsilović (head organizer) Milena Nikolić (workshop CP) Nikola Marković (logistic responsible) +381 60 03 00 202
When dialing from abroad, dial the city code without the starting zero. For example, for Belgrade dial +38111...
Embassy Contact Information:
EMBASSY OF BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA EMBASSY OF CROATIA Kneza Miloša 62, 11000 Beograd Tel. +381 11 36 10 535 21
Krunska 9, 11000 Beograd Tel: +381 11 32 91 277
EMBASSY OF GERMANY Kneza Miloša 74-76, 11000 Beograd Tel. +381 11 645 755 EMBASSY OF GREECE Perside Milenkovic 9, 11000 Beograd Tel. +381 11 32 49 159; +381 11 647 284 EMBASSY OF HUNGARY Proleterskih brigada 72, 11000 Beograd Tel. +381 11 44 40 472 EMBASSY OF POLAND Kneza Miloša 38, 11000 Beograd Tel. +381 11 644 866 22
EMBASSY OF ROMANIA Kneza Miloša 70, 11000 Beograd Tel. +381 11 646 071 EMBASSY OF SLOVENIA Pariska 15, 11000 Beograd Tel. +381 11 30 38 477 EMBASSY OF TURKEY Kunska 1, 11000 Beograd Tel. +381 11 33 32 400
KALEMEGDAN - Belgrade’s fortress Kalemegdan was and still is one of favorite place of Belgradians from childhood to the late oldness. Even with family or friends, or with colleges from work or academy, or with some of youth “love”, Kalemegdan park and fortress represent perfect place for having some of the best days ever in each Belgradian’s life.
Belgrade’s fortress was built in the early 1st century as a stockade with big walls, but through the history it survived a lot of changes. It is full of the impressive gates and towers all around. Fortress is divided on Upper town, Little town and Down City, on which remains we can see how fortress progressed through the history. Today, fortress is the part of the most beautiful and biggest park in Belgrade, which is also the most important cultural and historical complex. The name Kalemegdan relates to Turkish time when it served to observe the enemy and wait for the fight, so it got name from Turkish word KALE which means the fortress and MEGDAN - which means a struggle. However, Turks called that park “the place of thinking” turk. Ficir-bajir.
With Belgrade’s fortress as central part of the park and above the Confluence of the Sava and Danube, with Historical Museums all around, Zoo, and most off, with whole green spots with benches for resting filed with residents of city and visitors of all age, Kalemegdan represents soul of Belgrade. MUSEUM OF NIKOLA TESLA The Museum of Nikola Tesla in Belgrade keeps complete personal belongings of Nikola Tesla.
Nikola Tesla was an inventor, mechanical and electrical engineer. After his demonstration of wireless communication (radio) in 1894 and after being the victor in the “War of currents”, he was widely respected as one of the greatest electrical engineers who worked in America. The SI unit measuring magnetic flux or magnetic induction (commonly known as the magnetic field B), the Tesla, was named in his honor, as well as the Tesla effect of wireless energy transfer to wirelessly power electronic devices which Tesla 23
demonstrated on a low scale (light bulbs) as early as 1893 and aspired to use for the intercontinental transmission of industrial energy levels in his unfinished Wardenclyffe Tower project. “?” This authentic Serbian tavern of an unusual name is located in one of the oldest houses in the city. Erected in 1823, it opened as a tavern in 1826, and was the first to install a billiard table in Belgrade, in 1834. There is still a wood stove for cooking beans and roasting potatoes in a corner. It is great for national dishes and draught beer. The tavern has a summer terrace, and you can always hear a lively buzz of conversation, but no music devices, echoing the warm atmosphere of yore. TAŠMAJDAN A favorite place where parents and nannies take kids out for a walk. The park is laid out between St. Mark Church, Russian Church, Central Post Office (built in 1934), Children’s Cultural Centre, Duško Radović children’s theatre, children’s amusement park, a sports centre featuring indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the main building of the state-run TV company (hit in 1999 bombing).
In 1830, the Ottoman Sultan’s charter on the internal independence of Serbia was read out at Tašmajdan. For ages (since Roman times) it served as a quarry deep bellow the ground and doubled as a cemetery above (Tašmajdan means quarry in Turkish). The cemetery was relocated to the present New Cemetery in late 19th century. The cave and caverns below the park (an area of about 3000m², up to 10m in height) had once been used as food depots, military arsenals and shelters. Once a year, tours of these fascinating underground chambers are available for visitors.
KNEZ MIHAJLOVA STREET It is a pedestrian zone and shopping center - protected by law as one of the oldest and most valuable monumental complexes of the city, with a large number of representative buildings and urban houses built at the end of XIX century. It stretches between Terazije and Kalemegdan Park.
It is named after Prince Mihailo Obrenović, the most enlightened ruler of modern Serbia and the younger son of Prince Miloš. He came to throne after his father’s death in 1860 and was assassinated during a stroll through Košutnjak Park in 1868. REPUBLIC SQUARE The main city square lined with the National Theatre building (completed in 1869), National Museum, and monument to Prince Mihailo erected in 1882, popular with Belgradian as a meeting point. Once it was the location of the infamous Stambol Gate, the main gates to the Belgrade Fortress. Today this square hosts concerts, protests and various other events. The National Museum is closed to visitors due to inadequate conditions for display and a reconstruction will take several years, so you will be unable to see a large collection of international painters (particularly impressionists), or its most valued treasure - Miroslavljevo jevanđelje (Miroslav Gospel), the oldest preserved manuscript in Serbian Cyrillic Script (from 1190) with very rich decorations. TERAZIJE Terazije is one of the most famous squares in Belgrade. The site of today’s Terazije Square was just marsh and open fields outside the city ramparts right up to the 1830s. Terazije got its name from the towers that distributed water from above, which were called water scales (‘terazi’) by the Turks. The intensive construction of Terazije began in 1860 when the water tower was replaced by the Terazije Fountain (Terazijska česma) in memory of Prince Miloš Obrenović. 25
CATHEDRAL OF SVETI SAVA The Cathedral of Saint Sava or “Hram svetog Save” in Belgrade is the largest Orthodox Church currently in use. The church is dedicated to Saint Sava, founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church and an important figure in medieval Serbia. It is built on the Vračar plateau, on the location where his remains are thought to have been burned in 1595 by the Ottoman Empire’s Sinan Pasha. From its location, it dominates Belgrade’s cityscape, and is perhaps the most monumental building in the city. The building of the church structure is being financed exclusively by donations.
SEE YOU SOON!