Balkan Stories is back from its Balkan tour with plenty of stories to tell. One of them is how the trip started in the first place. A photo report about a Balkan road trip.

Starting off in Vienna on a regional train early in the morning to go to the Austrian town of Ebenfurth.
Starting off in Vienna on a regional train early in the morning to go to the Austrian town of Ebenfurth…
Where I'm picked up by my friend, office mate and co-worker Pablo. He's also going to Beograd to spend a weekend there with his girlfriend.
…where I’m picked up by my friend, office mate and co-worker Pablo. He’s also going to Beograd to spend a weekend there with his girlfriend.
..whom we pick up in Budapest where she's from. She's running a little late.
…whom we pick up in Budapest where she’s from. She’s running a little late.
And there she is. Monika's also looking forward to the trip. We're about halfway with another three hours or so ahead of us.
And there she is. Monika’s also looking forward to the trip. We’re about halfway with another three hours or so ahead of us.
Time enough for a pit stop.
Time enough for a pit stop.
And another one at the last rest area in Hungary before the border. Where we spot a bunch of abandoned vehicles. Including this one that's not so likely to go anywhere soon.
And another one at the last rest area in Hungary before the border. Where we spot a bunch of abandoned vehicles. Including this one that’s not so likely to go anywhere soon.
On the highway to Beograd, passing through the Autonomous Republic of Vojvodina. Unfortunatley we don't have any time for Novi Sad.
On the highway to Beograd, passing through the Autonomous Republic of Vojvodina. Unfortunately we don’t have any time for Novi Sad.
Beograd greets us with a traffic jam of epic proportions. And this transport from Ljubljana in front of us even blocks the view.
Beograd greets us with a traffic jam of epic proportions. And this transport from Ljubljana in front of us even blocks the view.
It wouldn't be a Balkan road trip if it didn't end with tasty dinner. Here we're at Znak Pitanja in the city center. A great place every tourist guide mentions - which kinda does have the disadvantage of too many tourists there. Including us.
It wouldn’t be a Balkan road trip if it didn’t end with tasty dinner. Here we’re at Znak Pitanja in the city center. A great place every tourist guide mentions – which kinda does have the disadvantage of too many tourists there. Including us.
Ćevapi for Pablo. I suspect this was the real reason he came to Beograd. Monika enjoys them, too - much to her own surprise. Never having been to either Serbia or Bosnia this is probably the first really good ćevapi in her life.
Ćevapi for Pablo. I suspect this was the real reason he came to Beograd. Monika enjoys them, too – much to her own surprise. Never having been to either Serbia or Bosnia this is probably the first really good ćevapi in her life.
I settle for mućkalica served in bread bowl. As I'll be spending another three weeks on the Balkans there'll be plenty of time for ćevapi, anyways.
I settle for mućkalica served in bread bowl. As I’ll be spending another three weeks on the Balkans there’ll be plenty of time for ćevapi, anyways.