Serbia ≠ Novak Djokovic

Tennis In Serbia, I am being bombed with Djokovic related news when I turn on TV or open newspapers. At first, I didn’t mind. I grew up being forced to watch tennis.

My older sister is a tennis fan and I remember waiting for Pete Sampras or Andre Agassi to finish their matches, so that I could play The Little Mermaid  video cassette for the millionth time.

During the years, I even start liking this sport. Usually I was flipping through a book or magazine and watch the matches with my sister. Continue reading

Rain Room

After more than two months in London I got used to the rain. I accepted it as a part of everyday life. Yet, the Brits talk about it like it is something so rare and unusual. They are obsessed with the rain.

“What’s the weather like outside? Oh, it’s raining?! Oh, my… They said it is going to rain tomorrow as well!” You don’t say?! Continue reading

Harry Potter Studios vs. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

As a massive Potterhead (yes, I said it) I can’t explain how happy I was to visit both Harry Potter themed attractions that exist.

I started reading about Harry’s world when I was 11. I grew up with him. To actually see all the things I read about and to try the things he and his friends ate and drank – was an overwhelming experience for me. Continue reading

Doppler: A new life in the woods

Doppler by Erlend Loe is a book I always go back to. Whenever I am stressed out, sad, happy or just in a wandering mood – I open up a random page and start reading.

On the surface, Doppler is a heartwarming story about a man and his moose written in a simple and naive language.

On the other hand, it is a satirical criticism of a modern society and contemporary capitalism. It is the story of a misanthropic man in a midlife crisis who has turned his back on society. Continue reading

Top 5 rides from hell

Thanks to the fact that I can’t sleep in the public transport, I experienced a lot of weird things while on the road.

The bus driver stopping the bus to fist fight with the passenger, a girl that suddenly went blind, a lot of different animals riding the bus (from chickens to a goat) and my personal favorite: a man who was smiling while looking at his briefcase filled with knives of all sizes and a Bible on the top. None of these rides made my ultimate top 5 horror list. Continue reading

Kerouac: The Dharma Bums

The Dharma Bums

Jean-Louis “Jack” Kerouac (1922 – 1969), an American novelist and poet, is considered to be a pioneer of the Beat Generation, alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg.

Kerouac is recognized for his spontaneous prose. He wrote semi-autobiographical novels which were based upon the actual events he experienced and about the people he knew.

He was covering the topics such as spirituality, jazz, promiscuity, Buddhism, drugs, poverty, nature, bohemian life and travel. His lifestyle became an inspiration of the hippie movement. Continue reading

Serbia ≠ Siberia

Belgrade, Serbia

People asked me a lot of silly questions about Serbia. Unfortunately, the most common ones are not at all about my country. They are about Siberia.

  • Oh, it’s really cold in your country, right?
  • Do you speak European?
  • Serbia? You mean Siberia. In English it’s pronounced Si-be-ri-a. Repeat after me: Si-be-ri-a.
  • Serbia is right next to Brazil, right?
  • Do you speak Russian?
  • Why are you so pale if you are from Baghdad? Oh, Belgrade. Are you sure it’s not Baghdad?
  • Do you drink a lot of vodka?
  • How much snow do you have during summer?
  • Have you met Putin?

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How to unshrink a wool sweater

Wool sweaterIf you travel a lot you have to use different washing machines and dryers. And if you are like me – you end up destroying a lot of your clothes. To be completely honest this time (yes, this time only, shut up) was all my fault.

I took my beautiful new wool sweater and put it in the washing machine. Then I put it in the dryer. It shrank. It shrank down in half of its original size. Continue reading

Ticket to anywhere

Passport

“Aren’t you afraid of traveling alone? How can you afford traveling so much? Aren’t hotels expensive?” are the things people always ask me when I tell them my future plans. Well, the answer to all of these is CouchSurfing.

In case you haven’t heard of it yet, Couchsurfing is the practise of moving from one’s person’s house to another, sleeping in whatever spare space is available, floor or couch, staying for a few days before moving on to the next house or returning to yours. Continue reading

The Remembrance Poppy

Remembrance PoppyIf you have walked around London in the last couple of days, you must have seen a lot of people wearing paper poppy pins on their coats. Men and women, old and young, celebrities, the Royal family – everyone wears them. And if you are not from Commonwealth country, you probably have no idea what is all the fuss about. Continue reading