One big happy family

Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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At Marko's

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Last night was truly epic, never have I stayed with so many people at one time. Marko, his brother Jovan and their lovely Mum are unbelievably hospitable. They had 15 other people in their house and all they could do was smile and entertain us with their incredibly astute take on life. Its unreal how insightful Marko and Jovan are and I have thoroughly enjoyed spending the last day with them. They also introduced us to all their Serbian friends and a good night of drinking, singing Serbian songs and wrapping ourselves in Serbian flags was had.

Then today it just got better, by 9am half of the 18 people sleeping here had left, taking off for various parts of the world using every form of transport conceivable. Marko's Mum made us a delicious breakfast of piljci a pancake type thing and we eventually left the house to look round the city. Me, Marie-Claude (who I met in Budapest), Oliver (A german guy) and Jovan had a good cruise of the city courtesy of the 'free' bus service and Jovan showed us everything from the castle to Nike Town!

Later, we met up with the rest of the gang, Marko, a couple of Slovenian girls and their housemate Dushan and enjoyed shots of sljivovica, a type of plum brandy while chilling in Belgrade's oldest pub. The hours flew by and I found it unbelievable how well I clicked with everyone. Marko in particular entertained me with his insights and philosophies on life, something which I enjoy formulation hypothesis's on as well. This is of course not forgetting Janja the Slovenian psychologist who lived in Brixton, Marie Claude the lovely girl I met in Budapest or Oliver the German theology student.

What has been nice is that its so much cheaper here that  aim beginning to be able to be a bot more lax with money. I mean when a loaf of bread costs 30p and a bottle of vodka four pounds its a lot harder to be stingy. While this seems cheapo to me, its actually because I am comparatively rich. Marko informs me that the average wage here is 250 euros a month and it feels strange being in a more privileged financial position.

So tomorrow I will be sleeping in the wild, though Marko tells me that it is likely I may be invited in by a Serbian villager. We will see......Otherwise a few days of camping awaits. It will be strange not to meet a new cohort of interesting people every night. Then again, the mountainous scenery may help compensate me for this.

Tomorrow the exploration will continue. I managed to buy a sleeping mat for 10 euros, so I shall not be sleeping on the bare ground as I feared. I wonder if Marie Claude will follow me further East, I was sure wrong when I thought this trip would be devoid of romance!

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