After a brief and inexpensive bus-tour brought me to the southern regions of Serbia. Uzice is another very historical place. Tito’s career apparently took its start here. However, the reason why most people come here is to use it as a venture point into the beautiful Tara national park.
Uzice itself is a little city in the hilly area that comes before the national park. From here I took a day trip to the national park. We also visited a war memorial, commemorating the killing of appr. 200 individuals, all civilians, who Tito decided to use as a shield against the approaching Nazi-army consisting of several thousand soldiers. Tito gained enough time by sacrificing these innocent people to escape, and become the later Maximo-leader of Yugoslavia.
One can only speculate why he had this monument erected almost 50 years after the fact. But apparently it was the last time a very ill Tito has been seen in public before his death. I want to believe that he realized his mistake. Considering that he apparently had no escape plan in place, which means he was ill-prepared, cost 200 men their lives. I would insert some comments about the disregard of men’s life’s throughout history, and even today here, but it should suffice to just offer you to watch a price winning movie by female producer Cassie Jaye, the movie the red pill, to learn more about men’s ignored struggles.
Back at the hostel, we changed the sentiment back to a lighter mood. Raki, and a home-cooked meal for everyone at the hostel, prepared by the workaway assistants, made for a pleasant Friday eve. Currently, I am on the way to Bosnia-Herzegovina. In fact, I just handed over my passport to the officer at the border. I can tell by his overly sunny demeanor; he has never regretted his professional choice.