had to add this last picture from Sofia - two members of my hip hop group showing off their WAY COOL casio illuminex watches (insert jealousy) happy travels mates..
some pics from the beautiful train ride between Sofia and Nis->
man.. this guy was really cool, i hope i get to cross his path again. she was cool too, a traveler from croatia. the guy is tom, a bloke i met from australia who is traveling along the sacred double-helix shaped path that so many of us travelers chance down. he aided me on my exodus from bulgaria and perhaps he'll make another appearance in this chapter of my travels.
These next photos are of inexplicable interest. in the early 1800's there was a famous battle here in Nis where some 4000 Serbians battled thousands of turks. They realized their fate was sealed and, lead by this guy, they marched directly into the ranks of the enemy on a suicide mission in a successful attempt to ignite their attackers' gun powder supply thus killing all the Serbians and some 10,000 of the Turks.
The Turks built this monument as a sort of mockery to their fallen opponents however in this age the Serbians view it as a statement towards great bravery and self-sacrifice; a steadfast mentality that they would rather die than lose their birthright.
This skull, placed on top of the tower, is believed to be the commander's (the man in the statue). The tower once held about a thousand skulls of fallen Serbs although now only about 48 remain.
The auther, alongside his dearest friend Alice.
...is now a great place to take primary school children for facepainting!
City center, Nis.
happy travels.. see you in Kosovo!