Legally, I had to leave the country.
I don't have a visa to live in Serbia, so I can't stay here for more than three months at a time.
I had to cross a border, and we decided that the cheapest and easiest way to do that was to hop on a bus trip to Timisoara, Romania.
And weird. Romania is a little weird.
Timisoara Orthodox Cathedral
I loved all the architecture here. The style of buildings in Eastern Europe is beautiful. And original.
Growing up, I saw pictures of buildings in Western Europe all the time, and I saw tons of photos of Asian and Middle Eastern buildings too.
But I was never exposed to many examples from Eastern Europe. (Probably 'cuz of the whole "Cold War" thing. Psh.)
Which is a shame, because they really are impressive.
Victory Square (Piata Victoriei)
Timisoara Orthodox Church sits on the edge of the Piata Victoriei, a historic square with both old and new buildings and some nice little shops.
And a McDonalds. McDonalds is everywhere.
Union Square (Piata Unirii)
I'm gonna be honest. The tour guide only spoke in Serbian, so I had no idea what was going on.
I'm not sure where Victory Square ends and Union Square starts. There might even be another square somewhere in between that I'm forgetting.
The bus trip we went on goes from Belgrade to Timisoara.
It's main purpose? Shopping.
We went on a shopping day-trip.
I guess Romania has some really lax customs laws with Serbia, so people like to go there for cheap manufactured goods.
And the mall in Timisoara, the Iulius Mall, is one of the largest in Eastern Europe.
The place is massive. The stuff is cheap. And the people watching is a damn good time.
Romania was a good time. The people are nice and the language sounds like Italian (which you wouldn't guess, but I guess its strongly based in Latin).
Plus the stuff there is cheap.
We'll definitely be taking more trips there when the weather is nicer.
At the very least to get more Mountain Dew.