First visit: July 1998 (as Yugoslavia)
Subsequent visits: November 1998, June 2000, July 2000, April 2001, November 2001, April 2002, June/July 2002, December 2002, July 2003, September 2003, October 2003, December 2003/January 2004, April 2004, May 2004, October 2004, November 2004, June 2005, July 2005, November 2005, June/July 2006, May/June 2007, June 2007, August 2007, October 2007, November 2007, place of residence from December 2007 to January 2009, further visits February 2009.
Visited (in this page): Nis, Niska Banja, Leskovac, Prohor Pcinjski.
Impoverished southern Serbia was for years my refuge from the ills of the world and I would always say with that Nis was my favourite place without any doubts. Recently, a damper has been put on all that, but still, southern Serbia retains an authentic feel that the north is losing, and what some may call poverty or lack of civilisation, others can construe as warmth and kindness.
Highlight: Many happy days in Nis, from Kalca to the Splav and even the slightly downtrodden market.