The life of a spy must be very exciting! I remember when I was a child watching James Bond and dreaming of being a spy. I never dreamed I would be accused and perceived as a spy…..A lot of it is in jest but I would hate to end up in some secret Serbian “political prison”!
When I first came to Zrenjanin… i lived out by bolnica or the hospital in English… I went to this little barber shop once a week to get my hair cut. The two ladies didn’t speak English but were very friendly!! The lady always tried having a conversation with me but I only understood a few words.. My constant line was ” Ne razumem nista!” Or I dont understand anything.. ahhahahaha… She would always point and make gestures with her hands… She would also have a shot of rakjia waiting for me at the conclusion of the haircut… One day her son was in there and he speaks PERFECT English… I asked him ” what is your mom always saying to me?” He said ” She wants to know if you are a spy?” ahhahahahahah…
One another occasion .. I was chatting on Facebook chat with a student from one of the local schools… He asked me to get on chat because he had a question about English… I added him on Skype and called him.. We spoke for a few minutes and then he said ” I must go! My mom said not to trust you because you are probably a spy!” 🙂
Many others have sent me messages on Skype, Facebook or Youtube asking me questions and wondering WHY I AM HERE!! Many have a hard time believing I came here because I wanted to …. 😉 Most recently a lady accused me of living with a member of some Hungarian nationalist organization… It was funny for awhile but it does start to get scary!!! What if some high up government official hears this and has me arrested and hidden away without any representation… I am writing this in case I end up “M.I.A” …… My friend MARKO made this funny little cartoon that I just had to share…..
I had a hard time understanding the SPY mentality until a few Serbian buddies sent me this classic Serbian comedy from 1984!! It is called “BALKANSKI SPIJUN” or “BALKAN SPY”…. It is a HILARIOUS comedy that can be found on Youtube with English subtitles! You must watch it!!! It is about a guy named Ilija that has a boarder renting a room in his home. A government official has called him to his office asking questions about this boarder that has recently returned from many years of living in Paris! It shows the paranoia that Ilija goes through in trying to prove this guy is a spy! ONE OF THE FUNNIEST MOVIES I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!!
Once again I will tell the world….. ” I AM NOT AN AMERICAN SPY!!!!” 😉