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andy townend captures the life and soul of belgrade, serbia

the versatile blogger award…

Towards the end of last year, Marina Chetner nominated belgradestreets for a “Versatile Blogger Award”.


So, the time has come (well actually I am really rather late…) to say a big thank you for that recognition and enter into the spirit of the Award.

I was surprised and delighted to receive the nomination and it made me realise that when you type words on your keyboard, post images, it really is possible to make people think, to provoke a reaction, make a difference, however small….

So, Marina, thank you for nominating belgradestreets for the award! And keep up the great work provoking us all to be “inspired through travel”! It is always fascinating to read your posts and wonder….

Now, the hard work part….

The “Versatile Blogger Award” comes with a few rules that recipients are to follow…

1. Thank the person who gave you this award.


2. Share 7 things about yourself.


3. Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic!


4. Contact the bloggers you’ve picked and let them know about the award.

Thank you…

Marina, thank you so much for the nomination, and congratulations on your own well deserved nomination!

Seven things about me…..

i – I once rode head first on a conveyor belt deep into a coal mine in South Wales on a cold gray and rainy Saturday morning… Head first, the only light that on my helmet. It was dark, very dark. Thought provoking.

ii – I swallowed a fly whilst being interviewed on TV in the bush near Mildura. Character building.

iii – I was probably the worst goalkeeper in the history of soccer. Seriously bad! More character building…

iv – My first photographic experience was taking a Kodak Instamatic 126 on a camping trip around Europe as a 12 year old. I had two films, visited around 15 countries and had several photos of the Hovercraft and the “Bridge at Namur” and…err…not a lot else…

v – I have a dream involving owning a sailing boat, a camera, pen and paper and a restaurant….

vi – One of my first experiences in Serbia was being asked to change gear in an ancient Lada Niva as the driver wrestled with the steering wheel as we worked our way up an icy mountain path…

vii – I will never forget the driver stopping the 4×4 en route to Hermannsburg NT, and exhorting us to “listen to the rocks hum…”

Fifteen blogs

Ok, so I may have bent the rules slightly and included some sites that might not strictly speaking be ‘blogs’ but I thought it worth mentioning them here…

Inspirational travel photography, images, words at http://marinachetner.com/ken

All you might ever have wanted to know about the street dogs of the Balkans at http://balkandogs.wordpress.com/

Insight and analysis on what makes the Balkans tick at http://wild-rooster.com/

An inside view from a former resident at http://realhousewifeofbelgrade.com/

The inside track on what’s happening at http://www.belgraded.com

Wonderful images of Belgrade at http://lakiubeogradu.tumblr.com/

Insight and thoughtful words at http://billkralovec.com/

Need to know? Visit http://livinginbelgrade.com/index.php

Keeping Serbs in the UK informed about life in Serbia at http://www.ebritic.com/

Working to tell Serbia’s story at http://www.ambassador-serbia.com/

Street style and fashion on belgradestreets at http://www.belgradestreetstyle.com/

The edgier side of life at http://trippinbelgrade.com/index.php

Some inspirational b&w images at http://mostlymonochrome.wordpress.com/

Culture and what’s happening at http://wannabemagazine.com

Music, culture and style of the “New Balkans” at http://bturn.com/

Thank you Marina, and everyone else who has visited my site, I hope you enjoy taking a look at sites.

Happy New Year!

5 Responses to “the versatile blogger award…”

  1. marinachetner

    Awesome post – I liked reading your 7 things and swallowing a fly. Uh-cough! I can imagine it! I’m going to take a look through your 15 blogs this week. Congrats again 🙂 (PS Love the image on the top of your webpage).

  2. belgradestreets

    Thank you, the image is taken from Kalemegdan Park, the statue looks out across to New Belgrade and towers above the confluence of the Danube and the Sava

  3. LiB

    A real great post. Sincere congratulations for the nomination Andy. You deserve it.
    Keep on doing excellent work.

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