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

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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