What is the easiest way to organize game night during quarantine?
We write about some games that don’t require equipment at all and you can join from laptop.
Over the past few weeks, our social lives have disappeared and as we wait for freedom to go back outside, we still need to socialize. If you want to organize game night in quarantine the first step is invitation. When inviting your friends to online game night, treat the invitation like you would for a standard game night. Give people a specific time and day to attend, but don’t forget to leave some time for everyone to connect at the beginning of the call. Also let everyone know which platform you will be using for game night.
- Online trivia quiz
This is perfect option for people that are fans of the Pub quiz nights. If you are lucky you might be able to find a quiz that you can buy, but you have the time why not to try to create one? Our advice is to always have in mind that the best questions are the ones where participants can’t google the solution that easily.
- Get to know each other
Any kind of pen and paper game can be played even online; classical games such as “Never have I ever” or “Three truths and one lie”. You’ll be surprised how many facts about your friends you don’t know. Everyone can write facts/answers on the piece of the paper. Host can count one, two, three and participants will show the paper to the camera. It’s quite easy and you can learn something new about your friends.
As kids growing up in Serbia we would play this kind of games. The most popular was the one with Geography as main topic and categories would be: country, city, river, mountain… Somebody would take a pen and stuck it in the book; the pen would show the letter and all the players would start filling out the categories. This game can be easily played in quarantine and you can be creative with the categories.
Bonus – Belgrade monopoly
If you are like us and you miss exploring Belgrade, you can try to conquer it in the monopoly. Monopoly it’s classical for a reason. Gather your house mates and explore Belgrade in different way.
We hope these games brighten up your quarantine days and keep you entertained.
Do you think team building events are missing little bit of intrigue, role play, clues and accusations? Read about mystery quest, an interactive game that is played in real time, the game where participants are the detectives who are going to solve the murder.
In this blog post we will try to tell you more about mystery quest that we organize.
Before quest begins team will choose key participants to take on the roles of the suspects. Other participants will be in the roles of detectives. If you are the murderer you will not be told. When the time comes to guess who did it – it could easily be you and feel free to point the finger at yourself!
Mystery quest begins when inspector arrives and he declares there has been a murder! He continues to explain all crime details and we discover that the bastard is still in the building… The inspector needs your help to catch the murderer.
Potential suspects range from victim’s wife, bankrupt brother and the family housekeeper… All played by key participants that volunteered before the quest. They will receive the character scripts to portray their role. Everybody must keep their eyes open and listen to conversations as the drama unfolds. Throughout the quest the suspects are called individually to answer questions. But who can you trust? Nothing is quite as it seems – everyone has a motive, but who has an alibi?
After three rounds of game and new clues, more small crimes that occur and all questions answered; suspects will have their concluding statement. After this everybody are invited to guess who the murder is! The game is over when we hear from detective again to find out who the murder is and when we finally hear name of the murder and the words “You are under arrest for the murder”.
Mystery quest is a perfect way to incorporate investigation and to your team building event in the form of a puzzling, fun and interactive murder mystery.
“The BeoQuest team made our teambuilding special, they customized/modified the quest according to the participants’ needs, meeting all our requests and special wishes. The quest was as interesting to those who came to/visited Belgrade for the first time, as it was to those who were born here. We all enjoyed discovering the sights of Belgrade and hidden messages around us. We were discovering Belgrade in a completely different way! By solving tasks, we were able to have a lot of fun, but also to learn things about each other, to realize how different our views on the same things are and to get to know the members of our team throughout the game. Simply put – BeoQuest was a great choice!”
“Belgrade quest is excellent option for travelers who don’t like ordinary tours. With quest you will be challenged to discover fun facts on your own. It is fun and educational activity.”
“I was not aware of how interesting it was to be a tourist in my own city!
Getting to know the sights in a completely original and cool way, working in a team and solving riddles, all these things awaken the adventurous spirit and leave an unforgettable impression. ”
“We chose Beoquest because it seemed (to us) like a creative team building activity. It hit the bull’s eye! Everyone had a great time – from younger and older participants, Belgrade-born people, to those who are just passing through. The tasks were challenging, but solvable – made so that literally everyone on the team wanted and had to get involved in order to reach the goal. We will definitely repeat this experience with a new group. ”
Are you visiting the city and want to buy special Belgrade souvenirs? Or are you from Belgrade and want to buy local gift for foreign friend?
If you are looking for the perfect souvenirs from Belgrade, don’t look further, here is our top 10.
Whenever one travels, they want to bring some things that remind them of the places they visited. Memories and experiences are more important than things, so when people travel it can be interesting to shop around and see what the local specialties are. It’s not the object itself that matters, it’s the memory that goes with it.
- Tesla cup
Nikola Tesla museum is the most visited museum in Belgrade and you should not miss it. When it comes to the souvenir we absolutely love this Mr. Light cup. For more Tesla souvenirs such as bag, passport cover, card holder or print; check this website.
- Niti handmade wool socks or little kilim
For traditional souvenirs in modern design Niti is perfect choice. Timeless pieces that are handmade, also made from Serbian wool, so it is 100% local product.
- Print or painting with Belgrade motive
Beograd je slika by Vuk Vučković
aBGD by Duško Papirović
- Book from Serbian author
Any book from our literature Nobel Prize winner, Ivo Andrić and we are also recommending Mihajlo Pupin autobiography “From Immigrant to Inventor”. For this book he even got Pulitzer Prize! If you want to dive into Serbian mentality, you should check work of Momo Kapor.
- Decko tzar shirt
- Ratluk and coffee
Traditional Serbian-Turkish black coffee and sweetmeat that goes with it.
- Unique second hand/vintage clothes
From pin-up dresses to eighties shirts, you will find unique clothes and accessorize. Each vintage piece you’ll find in these stores has its own history and getting one as a souvenir is a very creative idea.
- Part of Serbian folk costume
Our recommendation goes to leather folk shoes (opanci), embroidered sleeveless vest (jelek) or cap (šajkača).
- Cyrillic coaster
You can get it here.
- Something from local supermarket
When traveling, never miss the chance to visit local supermarket. It’s step into local life! For sure you’ll find something you like whether is sweet, savory or alcohol. Another local souvenir from Belgrade could be a newspaper. It is a great way to see which were the headlines during the time you Belgrade and what was going on in the world at that moment.
Next time you’re sick of the concrete in Belgrade, head straight to one of these places.
If you prefer sand, Lido beach is perfect option for you. Located at the Great War Island, due to the large number of different bird species, the island is protected as a nature reserve. It is quite intimate atmosphere, you will never find huge crowd there.
For those who prefer beach bars, lot of people, water sports or volleyball Ada ciganlija is better option for you.
Tarzan beach is hidden gem of Belgrade, even not many locals know about this place. It is located in Progar, municipality of Surčin.
- Here for the view
Nobody can see you and you can see everything. Belgrade has many options for prefect view – Gardoš tower, Kalemegdan fortress, Ski staza or rooftop bars.
- Rivers and boats
Belgrade has two rivers and countless places where you can chill. If you want to hang with local fishermen, listen to music on a boat, have lunch, coffee or just sun gaze… it is all there waiting for you on Sava or Danube river.
- Botanical garden
If there’s a location you can escape the madness of city center without leaving it, the Botanic Garden „Jevremovac“ is the place. There you will find the usual collection of greenhouses with exotic, weird and wonderful species from all over the world.
When the sun is shining and you get tired of sightseeing, parks are perfect solutions for picnic lunch break in the city center.
Are you a student visiting Belgrade?
There is no better time for visiting Belgrade than your student years! A student trip can’t go wrong in a city like Belgrade with one of the most beautiful fortresses surrounded by two rivers… Also eclectic architecture, many beautiful parks, delightful food and some of the cheapest beer in Europe – all that is waiting for you in Belgrade! The perfect mix of history and party for a break from study.
It’s entirely different way of exploring Belgrade for students/young people compared to elderly travelers. While students do visit main sites in Belgrade as travelers of all ages, they also visit areas where local students hang out, so they can make new friends, speak the language and discover the vibrant nightlife with locals their age.
Are you student or young person looking for an interactive and fun way to learn about the history of Belgrade and Serbia? Maybe activity in the city that is more memorable than a sight-seeing with tour guide headphones? Belgrade quest is the answer! Participate in this fun game with your student friends, race against other teams as you solve riddles, clues and solve the challenges.
Some of the benefits of Belgrade quest for students:
- Enables exploration and discovery –While the main goal is riddle/challenge solving, half the fun is embracing the journey as well. Being outdoors, meeting locals, become familiar with Belgrade, allowing you to find new and interesting spots on your journey. It’s also a great activity to help with your sense of direction.
- Builds the team –The quest is a great social ice breaker. Gathering students to commit to a common goal in a relaxed atmosphere is a way to promote teamwork. Since there is time limitation for Belgrade quest, this especially puts the questers into crunch time and will encourage responsibility and leadership in the team. This helps bring the team together as each member of a team can contribute uniquely to the quest.
- Stimulates the mind – Belgrade quest challenges players on an individual and a team level. Student participants use their general knowledge, along with puzzle solving and map reading skills to solve a series of clues that have only one correct solution. The quest teaches participants to follow directions, build listening skills, and seek and build a consensus for a plan of action. The responsibility comes with plotting a strategy for Belgrade quest.
- Promotes social interaction – The game will starch your comfort zone. Whether it’s being in an unfamiliar area or being with an unfamiliar team, you are inspired to interact with your student team members to ensure the team’s objective is met. Since the competition of the quest can be exhilarating, you’re even more prone to interact with your team members to beat the other teams.
At the heart of Belgrade quest for students are tasks and challenges that encourage participants to stretch their comfort zones, bond with their fellow team-mates, explore and learn about Belgrade, interact with locals, and most importantly, a lot of laughter while they complete their treasure hunt lists.
Magnets are one of our favorite travel souvenirs so it made sense that we make Belgrade magnets.
Did you know that person who collects magnets it’s called memomagnetist?
They say that magnets are the most popular travel souvenirs. And why wouldn’t they be? They are useful for sticking notes on your fridge, they can be attached to metallic surfaces in your office or at home. Refrigerator magnets are nice way to remind you of your trips because you will see them every day as you visit the fridge to make a meal or when you go there for a quick snack. Magnets are also so easy to pack they don’t take much space or weight and they don’t cost that much.
Probably we could split all travelers in two categories. In first one there are people that don’t buy any souvenirs, but they do have travel souvenirs such as photos, maps, banknotes, beer labels, coasters…
In second group are travelers that buy postcards, magnets, key chains, t-shirts, shot glasses, snowballs and what not.
Which group do you belong to? What do you bring home from your trips?
Our Belgrade magnets have:
- National Assembly of Serbia
- Genex tower with tram
- „?“ first kafana in Belgrade, accordion, bottle of rakia and sparrow (one of the Belgrade’s symbols)
- Knez Mihailo monument
- Ada bridge with boat
- Ada bride with st. Sava temple
- Statue of the the Victor, one of the most important symbols of Belgrade
- Famous tram no 2, licitar heart and symbols of our Belgrade quest
- Gardoš tower