Once in Belgrade, you’ll inevitably be directed to Skadarlija, the old part of town where great food, souvenirs and street music can keep you occupied for quite a while but if you walk another 100m, you’ll find… well, an old building, similar to any other in the neighbourhood. But, push the heavy door, enter the atrium and bravely descend the stairs. A bit of faith and courage – that’s what it takes to find a genuine oasis in the very centre of Belgrade.
The Federal Association Of Globe Trotters is a club worshiped by the Belgrade artistic population. Concealed in a patio with a skylight window, the club emanates imagination and creativity. Opened in 1999 by several enthusiasts who brought pieces of old furniture and decorations (anything from sewing machines to books, postcards and family photos), the club has ever since been a gathering place for people sharing a passion for traveling.
The place is as perfect for an early afternoon coffee as it is for evening clubbing with live music or a concert, while occasionally you can also run into a nowhere publicized exhibition or a literary evening. With drink or food from the international menu, you can find your place on a comfy sofa under the cascade of greenery shrouding the colourful interior. One of the home cats might join you as well.
Once away, don’t forget to send a postcard. Your memories will most certainly find their place on one of the walls, filling some new dreamers with wanderlust.