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Searching for a Meal in Zemun


I had the craving for some home-cooked food today. The workers at the three little fast food stands think that I’m nuts because I am there every single night 🙂 I decided to hit up one of the boat restaurants along the quay here in Zemun.

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Today was a cruddy day here in Serbia. The city of Zemun was quiet with very few folks walking around besides a few old men fishing from the docks. This whole summer has been rainy and chilly. There are some major flooding issues down around Negotin. 😦 The people have had such a terrible year dealing with water over here. I walked down along the endless amount of boat restaurants and saw that no one was in “Sidro”.

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That was the selling feature for me. 🙂 I had been there a few times before for some beers and a quick bite to eat. Nothing freaks me out more than going into a packed place and ordering food. People tend to stare at you the minute you start in attempting to speak Serbian  . 🙂

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Nothing is better than  some alone time with my music blaring in my IPod,  some good food, and a cold beer. The song that started playing the minute that I sat down in a little corner table on the edge of the boat was “Thunder Rolls” . How ironic on a dreary, cloudy day.

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The waiter slowly sauntered over after seeing me sit there for 5 minutes. I avoided speaking English and told him that I wanted a big beer and a menu.

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There were so many  items on the menu that I had never seen before.  I didn’t know if they were some kind of fish or monkey brains. 🙂 I recognized my favorite salad, Sopska.

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Sopska salads  have some of the freshest veggies and this AMAZING cheese on top of them. What was I going to eat for the main course? I hated to ask questions to this waiter with an unsmiling face. Ummmmmmm.. I just selected the middle priced one “Bečka šnicla” in this one section because I recognized the word “snicla” but had no clue what “Bečka” meant. It reminded me of how the Serbians call the city of Vienna, Austria. It is called “Beč” over here. My selection had been made , but the waiter was no where in sight. I made some huffing noises, dropped the menu loudly, coughed a few times, and finally he sauntered over to see if I was ready to order. I ordered in Serbian and even asked him if the snicla was chicken or pork. He told  me that it was pork. That makes no difference to me as I’m a huge pork lover (sorry to my Muslim pals) 😛

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This waiter is on the typical “Serbian speed” which can be so frustrating for me. I guess it has caused me to be more of a laid back and patient guy than I ever was before. Serbia has even eliminated my need for ADHD medications that I used to take prior to living here. 🙂 The slowness and tardiness can still be very annoying for me. I’ve always been a guy that was on time or 10 minutes early for everything. That is useless over here in Serbia. The vast majority of my friends will tell me to be somewhere at 2PM so I get there at 1:50PM and they saunter in around 2:30PM without even a simple excuse or apology. 🙂 Time just doesn’t seem to have the same meaning as it does to us in the West. Well….. There is a time when Serbs seem to be extremely impatient. Behind the wheel of an automobile. I have never seen people that use their horn as much as they do over here in Serbia. It is a constant blaring of horns. Thank God that Serbia isn’t a “conceal and carry” country or there would be lots of shooting. My friend , Ivan, is a good example. He seems to always have his hand on the horn and uses it in the most ridiculous situations. You will get a ticket in the USA for “disturbing the peace” or “unlawful use of your horn” . I like that law because the sound of a car horn instantly pisses me off. 🙂

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My food finally arrived! It looked AMAZING! The veggies were glistening and the aroma of the snicla was overpowering my nostrils. I immediately recognized the  snicla . It is something like a breaded tenderloin in the USA, but this is high quality pork and 300 grams of it. 🙂 It came with some tarter sauce, a some fries and a few veggies that decorate the meal.

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It took me a good 15 minutes to shove every last bite of the salad and snicla down my throat. I even dabbed up every last drop of juice with my bread. You can’t eat a meal in Serbia without a big piece of bread. Serbs are always seeing me eat something and they say ” How can you eat it without bread?” Bread has slowly turned into a must have for me too!

I piled all my plates together and straightened up my table. A new waiter came over to collect the dishes and he remembered me from my previous visit. He was very friendly and spoke  pretty good English for a 42 year old man. He greeted me and told me that he is going to stop speaking to me in English and force me to speak Serbian. -_-  I had no time to object before he started spewing out something about how he had learned English by being forced to speak with English speaking customers in a Thai restaurant in Belgrade. 🙂 I understood a good 50% of the conversation. It is good to run into people that will force me to speak their language.  Polako, polako, polako……………………….

“Sidro” gets a big thumbs up for me. My total bill was 800 dinars which is very close to what you would spend at KFC or some other fast food joint, but here you get everything fresh!  Another day and another interesting and tasty meal here in the heart of Serbia:)

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Posted by on September 16, 2014 in Through my eyes

 

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Albright Saw $$$$$ In Kosovo, not Injustice!


 

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I have lost all credibility that I had in Madeline Albright!!!!  You always want to believe that your country ONLY does what is MORALLY right! Every time I dig a little deeper in one of our “humanitarian missions” I find myself feeling foolish for ever believing that!!!!! .

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Madeline Albright or Madeline Korbel, as she was known at birth,  was the first woman Secretary of State. She was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1996. She was the driving force behind our involvement in the dispute between Serbia and their southern region, Kosovo. It was nicknamed ” Albright’s War” by the insiders at the State Department.  This lead to a three month bombing campaign all over Serbia. N.A.T.O bombed the majority of the bridges in the country, the electrical stations, factories, military facilities, and some other buildings. A few hospitals were also hit along with the “accidental” bombing of the Chinese Embassy. You can learn more about her and about how the Serbs saved her during her childhood at https://serbiathroughamericaneyes.wordpress.com/tag/madeline-albright/

I have mentioned that I felt our involvement was justified when I first visited Serbia in May of 2010. My views have changed 100%. I was told by the media that we were here on humanitarian grounds because the “brutal Serbs” were killing and forcing Albanians off of their land. Since I have been here, I have spoken to hundreds of Serbian families that had lived in Kosovo for generations and had to flee or die. They told me they had taken a few clothes and left their homes, land, tractors, and everything they had accumulated in their lives because the Albanians were forcing them out! HORRIBLE! This all occurred while N.A.T.O forces were on watch! WTF?

One thing I have noticed about Serbs is their belief in lots of conspiracy theories. They come up with some pretty wild ideas. I find myself just shaking my head at some of them. I started digging into one of them after watching “The Weight of Chains”. It is a great documentary about the break up of Yugoslavia.

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I was given a few articles about how N.A.T.O country leaders were taking advantage of this “new country” Kosovo. Many of the leaders and cronies had big financial investment in them! The Albright Capital Management Group is a D/C based management company that is headed by Madeline Albright. It will be bidding on the telecommunications company , PTK in Kosovo!!!! Isn’t this a crime or shouldn’t it be??? She was the decider on the military offensive to make it a free entity and now she is going to be making big profits on the selling of their communications company??? HMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!! Sounds like a crime to me!!!!! This isn’t the only scary part!!!!  The sale process has been clouded by corruption allegations, legal challenges, and the death of the state privatization agency’s chief, Dino Asanaj. In June, his body was found in his apartment in Kosovo’s capital city of Pristina, with 11 stab wounds. Authorities say he committed suicide. The company was also previously owned by Serbia before the war!!!! They have filed claims against the sale of this corporation! (shaking my head).  I better keep a low profile or I might end up “killing myself with 11 stab wounds to my torso” … Don’t mess with the political elite!

Yes, I voted for Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996. He used to be my idol and a person I looked up to! I find my face blushing when people remind me of that! I still believe in the Democratic philosophy, but don’t know who to trust anymore! We have been lied to so many times! 😦 I start feeling nauseous when someone mentions Conservatism, but this article by the “Virginia Right” sums a lot of this up. http://www.varight.com/news/why-is-madeleine-albright-trying-to-buy-the-kosovo-telecom-company-another-poke-at-the-serbs/

I am done with defending Madeline Albright!! She even had the gull to call a group of Serbians ” Disgusting Serbs” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FaPuBUY558

Here are a few more interesting articles by an American and a British news source…

Bloomberg-http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-08-30/albright-firm-eyes-kosovos-contested-state-telecom

BBC- http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/special_report/1999/03/99/kosovo_strikes/315053.stm

ALWAYS QUESTION YOUR NATIONS MOTIVES!!! Don’t just turn on the tv and assume everything you hear is true!!!!

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Posted by on June 20, 2013 in Through my eyes

 

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How to Avoid Irritating Serbian Grandmothers


One thing to expect when entering a Serbian home is to be offered a pair of house slippers! 🙂 I found this so funny! It didn’t matter if you were in the northern part of the country or the extreme southern part… if there is a grandmother in the house…. YOU BETTER TAKE THEM UP ON THE OFFER!

I have never owned a pair of house slippers and we never wore them growing up. I can’t remember going to a home in the US and using their house slippers to walk around in! 🙂 Maybe it is because many of our homes are carpeted. My grandmother and other old ladies would wear them, but not young men! Different story in Serbia. 🙂

I was invited to a friends birthday party in the little village of Krajisnik, Serbia. He lived with his grandmother and great grandmother. They had never seen or spoken to an American before. 🙂 The great grandmother was about 90 and so sweet. She kept speaking to me in Serbian and my friend would have to tell her over and over that I was American and didn’t speak Serbian. She kept using some foul language that I understood to tell him that she didn’t believe him. hahahahaha…I had to keep asking him to translate. She was telling me how one of her sons was perfect and handsome and the other was lazy and worthless. AHAHAHAH! The other thing she kept mentioning was my lack of slippers! She said it 3 or 4 times. She couldn’t walk very well, but she got up and got me a pair and placed them at my feet! 🙂 She was a doll! She also LOVED TITO!! HAHAHA.. My friend and his cousin would aggravate her by mentioning Boris Tadic. She wasn’t a fan of him! One thing is certain… Serbian grandmothers treat you like their own! She didn’t care if I was from America, next door, or Ethiopia … I was going to wear those slippers If I liked it or not!!!! 🙂

Put on the slippers when they are offered.. 🙂

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2012 in When in Serbia

 

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