I have been in Serbia for a 7 months and counting…. I thought we were going to miss winter because it had been very mild!! A week and a half ago that changed for the worst!!! It started snowing and didn’t stop for three days!!! They said it was one of the worst snow storms to hit Zrenjanin in years.. They shut the schools down for two weeks. Zrenjanin has very few trucks, SUVs or 4X4 vehicles and it was very funny to watch many of them try to navigate these streets that had not been scraped or touched by the city! One of the funniest things I can remember seeing was a little Yugo that drove by with the rear wheel so packed full of snow that it wasn’t turning. It skidded down the road in front or me..
I am from a country that has large city trucks roaming the street the minute they hear of a snow storm. They start spreading salt and are ready to scrape the roads when the first snowfall begins. Here in Zrenjanin that is a different story! My street is a very commonly traveled street but it took them over a week to have it scraped clean!!! My boss at the school stated that “we are going to close the following week also to conserve electricity!” ahhahahah… The police will fine any citizen 5000 dinars if they don’t scrape their sidewalk or walkway. I witnessed many Serbs scrapping and helping each other push out and dig out their cars from snow drifts. One friend told me that the city was so far behind in payments to the last company that scrapped roads that they went broke.. It is now in the hands of a private company. In the USA , the government runs the crew under the “Department of Transportation”.
Those of us from the USA pay for our service through city, county, federal and property taxes but the service is so much better…