HALLOO LEPA, I am in Serbia

Trip Start May 06, 2010
Trip End Aug 20, 2010

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

So we made it to Serbia last night.  We were so tired I feel asleep on the 1.5 hour journey from Belgrade to Zitiste Ivanas town.  We visited half the town full of her relatives so far which has been amazing, although i haven't understood more that 3 words!!!  haha!  Poor Ivana our translator!  We enter people's home and they give us slippers, today they said that if we didn't wear the slippers our ovaries would get sick and we wouldn't be able to have kids. 
The food has been amazing.  I would tell you what it is, but i don't really know myself sooo... pictures will have to do soon!  Next post!
We are about to go out to Zrenjanin!  I will post more about this later.  Much love!

ZDRAVO! Hello! 
So we are about to leave Srbija, Serbia, and embark on our next journey.  This time to Turkey.  Our tentative travel plans following Turkey will be Greece then Croatia and after that we are unsure exactly.  It does seem that this trip may end up being only southern Europe... 3 months is not enough time to see everything we want to see!!!
In our 7 days that we have been in Srbija, we have done a lot.  We went out in the town we are staying at Zitiste one night.  We entered an open air club type of atmosphere, except no one really dances here they are too busy with one hand with an alcohol beverage and another with a cigarette.  Which is quite different than in the US but cool.  I tried a Serbian beer... mild but strong.  I don't drink much but for the occasion and to experience the environment, WHY NOT!  I met a lot of Serbian kids that were surprised at our travels and where we plan on going.  Its pretty much unheard of to do travels like this. 
Cat and I boarded a bus another day with help from Dusko, Ivana's dad who helped us onto bus but beyond that we were solitas in figuring out the rest.  When the bus driver came to collect the fare... he was far from amused that we couldn't understand him.  However, we figured it out....hand motions and all. 
Yesterday we went to Novi Sad and met with a friend of Ivanas that goes to her University in Virgina, guy tennis player that looked straight out of Mavericks in California, a surfer boy... but he is Serbia, Hungarian,,, pretty cool. 
I have learned a bit of Serbian...not a whole lot but I understand a few words!  Haha! 
I feel comfortable in Serbia because we have Ivana and Zarko, her brother, that speak both and can help us.  I know that the real travels are yet to come when we are alone and have no translators, we are going to have to put in a lot of work to get what we need or want but it will be good for us. 
As far as food, I think I may have gained a few pound since being here.  Snezana, Ivana's mama, has made sure that we eat 3 meals a day and more.  I think she may think I don't eat enough, what else is new, but I have never felt hunger being in Serbia.  We have eaten Sarma (meat wrapped in cabbage) and Pasulj (the national dish...soup) both amazing.  Also an open face type of sandwich... bread with butter, meat, mayo and ketchup and cheese.  Sounds weird for us Americans but its super good. 
I am so used to drinking those giant waters in the US when I wake up and go to bed.. but here everyone drinks soda and no one drinks enough water.  I feel my skin is a turning to a raisin and I am dehydrated.  HAHA!  I would say that is the only thing I miss about the US so far, drinking water.
When we first arrived the strangest thing was everyone smoking everywhere.  People smoking on the street, in the car, in the house.  I took my contacts out of my eyes and they were cloudy and grey with smoke.  For the first few days I couldn't breath well, now however, my lungs are blackened and I am used to it.  One step closer to lung cancer...haha
Americans are such prudes.  My mother used to always tell me not to be such a prude growing up.  I can't believe I used to be a worse prude than I am today.  We don't know how to have fun... we are so boring.  We go to friends or families home to visit and we don't laugh or smile enough.  Serbians are always laughing and making jokes.  Mid-year resolution: Be more Serbian :) SMILE AND LAUGH MORE!
Until Turkey, I will update again!
Zbogom (go with God)
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