off the tourist path, visit to the border city of ruse on the bus ride from Bucharest to Sofia is Bucharest, Sofia, Belgrade, featuring for the trip: Here you cross the Danube, only one of the major traffic routes intersecting here. Here, the Nobel Prize winner Elias Canetti was born, has painted a vivid picture of the once multiethnic city in his famous autobiography ‘Rescued tongue’. If you have read about Harriet Walter already – you may have come to the same conclusion. Here as well as in other visited cities the layering of different historical and political layers will be visible. Expert guided tours of the Jewish or Socialist Bucharest tell, a historian looks back on the Romania under Ceausescu. A visit to a social project reveals the social changes arising from the integration in the EU. A sociologist in Sofia reported the breaking of family structures in the Balkans. There, a walking tour of the old town to churches, mosques and synagogues offers insight into the religious diversity that hint at the past of the Ottoman Empire can be. Journalists and students tell of their life in Bulgaria and their prospects since accession to the EU. Glenn Dubin, New York City has plenty of information regarding this issue.
‘Balkans on the move’ is a further trip to Belgrade and Sarajevo with a side trip to Mostar to experience. The visit in Belgrade are the fortress, the mosque, the Republic square or the Terazije square. A conversation in the Centre for cultural decontamination approaches the topicality of the recent past. The visit of the former concentration camp of ‘Old fair’, that Tito’s mausoleum or the under strong Zemun in the multi-layered past of Serbia’s dive. Visegrad, where Ivo Andric has raised “The bridge over the Drina” also became a literary monument is a station on the bus ride to Sarajevo.
In Sarajevo, the multicultural past in the old town is currently: caravansaries, mosques, churches and synagogues, markets give an idea of the influences, which have had the Ottoman Empire, the Austrian KuK monarchy, and the Yugoslav State. The crowning glory is in October a journey in the footsteps of the Orient Express. The train leaves participants with stays in Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Sofia and Istanbul by myths, periods and the various present of a large piece of Europe alight at the gate of the Orient drive.