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DAY 43, BUS 1: TRANSFER TO BELGRADE

6 June 2018

Yesterday was a travelling day for Bus 1. We set off bright and early from Bucharest on the 12 hour road trip to Belgrade in Serbia with slight trepidation, having said our goodbyes to several of the bus team the night before over a beer in Belgrade’s beautiful old quarter. As we drove, the green plains and traffic-ridden roads outside Belgrade gradually gave way to rolling hills and small villages, before dropping down to the wide, calm expanses of the Danube, before the frontier. Luckily the frontier guards on both sides couldn’t find any reason to stop us, although they struggled to understand what kind of ‘bus tour’ we were on! Still Philippe, our wonderful bus driver continued to explain and the Ro manian Guards were duly impressed, remarking to him: ‘So it’s for a very good cause then”…

Then on we drove through stunning countryside into Serbia along the steep-sided, wooded, Danube valley as the sun dropped, before arriving at our accommodation in Belgrade.

All of us appreciated having a peaceful, convivial journey, getting to know each other better, with interesting exchanges on basic income in Finland, how to ensure that ‘minimum income’ empowers and is supportive of people’s own initiatives and search for decent jobs, as well as wider discussions about social and sustainable development and the social impact of climate change … whilst being safely transported to our destination by Philippe. Today we meet up for a busy day with the Serbian EMIN network.. and so the tour continues…