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Hello everyone! I've been thinking of making a website, to make it… 
2nd-Mar-2005 01:03 am
young mk
Hello everyone!

I've been thinking of making a website, to make it easier to display all kinds of links to aid people in their travel around the ex-Yu, along with pics, to make them want to travel there. I won't put it up for another couple of months, at least, because I would need to find money and someone to design it. I would like to listen to your suggestions for the layout - by countries? by categories? what categories should be included? any tips for the travelers? must-see places? does anyone want to write essays about their travel? etc.. etc.. Feel free to post your suggestions here, and ask your ex-Yu friends or those who have traveled in the region to come on over here and suggest stuff.
2nd-Mar-2005 06:33 am (UTC)
A Bard senior with ex-Yu/Eastern European connections?! I'm a Vassar senior with same. I've added you to my friends list; hope you don't mind.
2nd-Mar-2005 07:25 am (UTC)
Nope, I don't mind at all. I'll add you next time I'm logged into my account. I'm actually a Bard graduate now, having written my evil BA thesis on history of Serbo-Croatian...
2nd-Mar-2005 07:26 am (UTC)
In my freshman year, someone wrote their BA thesis on why Bard students hate Vassar students...
2nd-Mar-2005 07:32 am (UTC)
Hahahahaha, excellent. I would love to read that.
2nd-Mar-2005 07:55 am (UTC)
Go the the Bard Library site and search for Vassar in the catalogue. I think it's called "I didn't want to go to Vassar anyway: ingroup favoritism and outgroup homogeneity effects among Bard College students."
2nd-Mar-2005 08:41 am (UTC)
I found it in the catalogue. Doesn't seem like there's any way to read it online, though..
2nd-Mar-2005 09:00 am (UTC)
You can come up to Bard and look through it if you're really interested. You can take the Loop Bus from Poughkeepsie train station.
2nd-Mar-2005 09:02 am (UTC)
I didn't know there was a bus that ran the whole way there. I just might..
2nd-Mar-2005 08:39 am (UTC)
Dude, I have no idea why I am so slow tonight and posting a ton of replies. Anyways - I saw Adam Michnik was on your interest list and remembered that once we had a really funny thing going on in my ECE History class - one girl's mom danced with him, and my dad got drunk with him... ;-)
2nd-Mar-2005 08:41 am (UTC)
YES! My dad once puked on him. =o)
2nd-Mar-2005 08:59 am (UTC)
I'm not sure if my dad did, but still... We should unite! "Women Whose Fathers Behave Strangely Around Adam Michnik."
2nd-Mar-2005 09:02 am (UTC)
New LJ community!
2nd-Mar-2005 09:04 am (UTC)
2nd-Mar-2005 09:19 am (UTC)
A good idea - to write essays:)
2nd-Mar-2005 09:25 am (UTC)
You're the first one to post something on topic! ;-) And I think essays could be a good thing, so people can read about others' travel experience.
2nd-Mar-2005 10:58 am (UTC)
I think that it would be a brilliant idea, plus it would force us lazy LJers to contribute much more :)
Essays, dividing the layout by countries, pictures, tips, I'm sure we'd all come up with a bit of everything.
2nd-Mar-2005 10:31 pm (UTC)
I can't imagine who would find their way to the website w/out a little knowledge -- but photos would definitely sweeten the deal.

I'm going to Serbia this summer and have been having a bad time trying to dig up tourist information. Croatia is a summer paradise and Slovenia is full of hipsters, but what about the Serbian tourist?

Layout by categories would be better if you thought you were going to get traffic from people who didn't know anything about ex-yugoslavia. Layout by countries would probably be better for people who are already planning a trip...
3rd-Mar-2005 12:33 am (UTC)
Good points! Do you think that the website should have 2 layouts, one by countries and another by categories? And what categories would you suggest? I have come up with some already. And re: information - if you will be going to Novi Sad, I can ask my friend who lives there whatever you need.
6th-Mar-2005 07:52 am (UTC)
Two layouts would be nice -- cross-referenced.

I'm pretty ignorant about ex-yugoslavia and don't know exactly what categories there are to discuss, but generally speaking:

there are young euro-party travelers who would probably be interested in stuff like "beaches" and "nightlife", and then there are other holidaymakers who would want things like "museums and monuments", "national parks", "cultural festivals" etc. And I imagine all travelers would like to see "transportation" and "lodging". As a vegetarian I am curious (apprehensive?) about "food" as well!

I like your pictures, especially of the houses on the mountainside.

Thank you for the Novi Sad offer. I don't know if I'm going to Novi Sad, but if I do I will write for advice!
3rd-Mar-2005 12:45 am (UTC)
So far, we have the following countries or autonoumous republics listed for ex-Yu travel - Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Federation + RS), Serbia (+Vojvodina), Kosovo, and Montenegro, Slovenia and Macedonia. The categories so far are Transportation (air, train, bus, sea), Education (summer schools, local universities), Hotels (hotels, motels, rooms on the coast), Work & Volunteering, Museums & Objects of Worship, Festivals & Cultural Events, Sports, Essays, Photos. Please feel free to rename, or suggest categories.
3rd-Mar-2005 04:05 pm (UTC)
That is such a fantastic idea! I really hope it works out. I think it's so wonderful to have a website with all the countries at your fingertips. Personal essays and pictures would be an asset so people who have never been there can get information from real experiences. I appreciate stories of personal experience much more than some glamed up travel brochure. Good luck!
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