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Month: August 2017

Three years in Serbia

Three years in Serbia

On the 1st August 2014, three years ago, I stepped in the plane on Eindhoven-Airport (the Netherlands) which brought me to Аеродром Никола Тесла Београд (Belgrade-Serbia). For me it was not just a regular flight, no I made a huge step forward in my life, because I travelled to my love with whom I decided to live together in Belgrade. Of course it was difficult to say “see you later” to my family and friends in the Netherlands, but on the other hand Serbia is not that far like Australia or Canada.

I don’t like to think like “would you do it differently?”, but of course I think about it. The answer to the question is by the way: “no”. Additional question: “do I want to return to the Netherlands with my love?” Answer: “No”. Extra additional question: “do you miss the Netherlands sometimes?”  The answer is: “Yes, I do miss the Netherlands and family & friends sometimes”

May 2017, Eemmeer, (Central) the Netherlands.
August 2017, Gružansko lake, Central-Serbia.

Enough with sentimental questions! I am delighted to live with my wife together in Serbia and the people are really friendly &helpful. Nature is beautiful and the food is delicious. The last couple of months small irritations started to pop up, but that is normal: name me a country where everything is 100 % perfect. Despite these irritations overall life is good and there are many opportunities to come, but with everything in life you need sometimes a bit of patience. Here in Serbia they would say ~ samo polako~ (=just relax, or slow), I would rather prefer ” sve će biti u redu” (Everything is going to be fine) ! But of course, most of all I am more than happy to live together with my Serbian wife.

 

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The failing Serbian (E-) government

The failing Serbian (E-) government

On the 28th December 2016 I wrote to the community/City Hall of Novi Beograd (servisnicentar@novibeograd.rs) the following:

Dobar dan,
I want to request an intervention of the Opstina Novi Beograd as soon as possible to clear out the traffic situation on the following location in your municipality:
https://www.google.rs/maps/@44.8261698,20.3877325,3a,49.4y,112.37h,83.32t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sLs95rKWpNsLiMkoGq-sfLA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
The location is at Bežanijska kosa , please see attached picture. The priority situation is not clear ( especially for the cars coming from the left from the direction of the highway) and I already had almost three times an accident. Maybe the lines on the road can be make more clear and you can place additional signs ? 

 I apologise to do my request in English, ucim sprski ali nije sad mnogo dobro. Kad vi mozete pisati mene na srpskom nema problema. Kad vi hocete vise informacije , write me please.
Wishing you a nice day and looking forward to your reply + actions.
Puno pozdrava,
Fabian Vendrig

I never received ANY reply, only the Twitter account  seemed to care a bit, but even via them I never saw any reply or any action. You can write me that ” this is Serbia” , or ” this is normal” and I will reply you: “No this is not normal!” As a foreign national who is paying a lot of taxes in this country the minimum I can expect is that the government reply to my request. It doesn’t matter if it is Serbia, Swaziland or the Netherlands.

I know the current prime minister want to clean up the image of the Serbian government with E-government, local democracy etc. etc. : she has a long way to go it seems and I can only encourage her and I truly hope that she will succeed !

12/05/2016: Centre of Belgrade: An old Yugoslav sign to Skoplje (=Skopje, MK).
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