I took this photo in Belgrade last summer very early in the morning outside of Hotel Royal. It had been extremely hot, both in Belgrade and even more so in Skopje, where I'd been a few days previously, and the cool morning felt like a luxury. While I was waiting for my cab to the airport there was no one on the street and the light looked amazing. I reached for my camera.
I'm thinking about Belgrade a lot these days; there's the independence of Kosovo on the horizon, for one, with any number of unpredictable repercussions to come; there's also next year's Eurovision contest, which will be held in Belgrade. About the former I have some half-baked thoughts. About the latter I'm fully enthusiastic, already eagerly anticipating the debuts of Azerbaijan and San Marino.
Incidentally, Hotel Royal is a great budget option. Rooms are kind of institutional and worn, and the lobby is done in an uncategorizable Yugostyle. Receptionists are stern, though not quite terrifying. I paid right around €30 per night for my room.