We have entered Montenegro from side of Kosovo. The way to border goes to mountain and probably is one of the highest border control points. On all borders in Balkan countries we saw the posters against trafficking: seems that all states try to unify for fighting trafficking, however, this is still a big problem. After checking all our luggage and assuring we are not transporting drugs, border control let us in the country. But journey turned out to be not that easy: while trying to find the way to our destination: Pljevlja, which is bordering town near Serbia, We came across another border control, instead of going through Montenegro we took a way going through Serbia. After getting our stamps from Serbian border controller, he learned, that Georgians are not allowed to Enter Serbia with Schengen Visa. Therefore, our stamps were annulated and we had to take another way to our destination.
We met our local hosts, who showed us the town and told us stories about the history of country and the place. Pjlevlja Is only 12 KM away from Serbia, most of the people consider themselves more Serbian, you can find writing both in Latin and Cyrillic. You can also find Serbian Monastery next to the churches, which remained after Ottoman Empire. Town is very special: mall but very diverse, where population keep living in peace despite all the differences. “Ottoman Empire influenced our culture very much, you can find those influences in cuisine, religion as well as understandings of gender quality” says one of our hosts.
Town seems to be very green, but behind the parks there is a power plant, which is sometimes a reason of pollution. Therefore young people unite under Green movements and NGO’s to reduce bad influence of the industry.
We have also heard very interesting story about Novi Pazar, which is Serbian town not far from the border: as most of the population is Muslim, leaders of town want to become autonomous, Serbia sees this fact as a danger for the sovereignty. Although things seem to be more stabilized in the Balkans, it seems that diversity brings more and more dynamics to the general situation in the region.