is a country located at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe,covering the southern part of the Pannonian Plain and the central Balkans, lying between theBalkan Mountains and the Carpathian mountains in the east, Dinaric Alps in the west, and the Morava valley - an intersection of land routes which lead southwards, towards Salonica, and eastwards, towards Asia Minor. . .Back in the 1990s, when the old Yugoslavia broke up (yeah, Serbia was part of it) the Serbs might have laid into their neighbors a little bit, resulting in most of their neighbors not liking them. Not that they liked them before, as the region is notoriously contentious. But at least one Serb likes Eff You, so while there may be all kinds of hate and discontent there, there is nothing but love for our Serbian visitor. Welcome.
We also got some Malta this week. Because Malta is an island in the middle of the Mediterranean with no neighbors, they don't have a lot of issues with their neighbors the way Serbia does.Big tourist destination, Malta was the site of heroic defense in the face of a nasty German siege during World War II, but it also gave us the Maltese cross and -- who could forget -- "The Maltese Falcon:"
So, welcome Malta and Serbia. Y'all come back now, hear?