COMENIUS IN SLOVENIA: Weekend in Serbia (Belgrade)

Posted on June 18, 2012 – 00:00

A final journey.
Through the whole of Croatia from north to south without stopping because time is short and we want to be in Serbia. The most vivid memory of the hours spent in the car will be green.
Trees, meadows, woods, cultivated fields.
Green, green, green, green.

I drink it with my eyes, I eat it with the lungs, the breath in the wind on a hot summer day finally arrived.
I'm going to go back to the desert murciano and so I shot this overdose of green, with eyes wide open in spite of sleep and head for the sun that beats.

I think if I were traveling alone and if I had a good camera I would stop countless times to grasp the details that often my traveling companions do not see.
I think that if I'm the one behind the wheel would end up off-road every 5 minutes.

And finally Serbia.
No problems at the border this time.
Why do we travel in the car with diplomatic plates of Verena, who works at the embassy, ​​and then the border guards look surprised our passports are all different, pronounce our names storpiandoli, and wish us a good trip with a wink, as if we shared a secret.

We leave behind a row mileage of trucks, with the truckers to brown could in the sun waiting to pass control with their goods.
It occurs to me that often what we eat or wear has crossed borders and boundaries at the edge of one of these trucks and that if I happen to meet a trucker I'll have to remember to thank him, because if I were destroyed, after 7 hours of travel, their poor as they do?

And finally, after Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, here's another piece of the former Yugoslavia. And I wonder how so many different people and cultures have been able to live together for decades. Apparently Tito had to have a great charisma, so much so that many will regret.

Our hostel is located right in front of the train station, on the sixth floor of a building with decadent stray dogs that live in the door. The elevator does not work and the stairs are not lit, but the room 6 is new and clean, with a balcony from the square and a bakery is open 24 hours a day at your doorstep.

We get about twenty breaking road rules and we are left with Eva and Lucille, who made the trip from Ljubljana to Belgrade hitch and arrived before us.
The warm, after days and days of rain in Slovenia, burns their faces and shoulders of the Nordic during our wanderings. But I'm not immune to burns is that the mosquitoes and I abbronzo only when we leave the island Ada, in the middle of the river Sava, a meeting Sunday of the whole Belgrade.

And I find that the inhabitants of this city, which I thought very high and cold, are high but also very friendly. Perhaps affected by our faces and different accents (traveling with 2 French, one German, one Austrian and Belgian and use it as a lingua franca English, French, German and Spanish in different combinations) the inhabitants of Belgrade approach us, they tell us, and we together we create phrases in Slovenian (which is a cousin of Serbia) and do conversation in the parks, the bakery, the church.


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