Trip Start Sep 07, 2004
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So I am exhausted thanks to no sleep. I a pretty sure I got a total of about two hours. We talked until way too late last night (3am?). Anita says we are world champions at changing subjects and talking like teenagers). When I finally got to sleep a mosquito started buzzing in my ear. SO I pulled up the covers over my head and tried to sleep in my defensive stance. I finally fell asleep when cats started fighting (or loving?) under my window. I chased them off but they came back twice! Annoying.
Then I heard this weird snorting noise and when I went out to investigate I saw the neighbor's dog (a boxer) was rooting through our trash. I went to wake up Anita and of course half asleep she says oh go outside and open the gate so he goes out. So I go outside with a broom and open the gate and the dog ignores me! At 5 am this stupid dogis snorting through our garbage and not even taking notice. I finally yell "Hey! Go Home!" and it goes out the gate which I shut immediately and it then turns around and growls at me. I said, "ya I know your mad but go home." I am conversing with a dog here...It gives me a little woof and then turns and leaves. After securing both gates, I get back to bed for another hour of blissful sleep before the alarm goes off.
Today I am officially sleep walking. I can barely keep my eyes open to keep writing this.
Yesterday was an emotional day for my good friend, and there was so much to organize for all the rituals. But in all the ceremony was really beautiful. The priest sings the rites in this really beautiful way. We then eat and drink with her father, the items we picked up the other day. There was a special bread with a cross burned into it that you eat with honey and must be eaten entirely while we are there. There was red wine and coffee as well as some sort of meat. I didn't eat everything, just mostly the bread and the wine and water and of course a little coffee as well. Then incense candles are lit and everything is left for her father. The weather was cool and rainy, fitting for the day's activities and the setting as well as the priest's singing made for an ethereal experience. It is one that resonated very deeply in me and I will not forget it...
So one more day in Serbia and then it's back to Germany...this was a very eye opening experience. I had never traveled east before but now I would like to see more. Maybe next year...