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living in Serbia

Friday, December 7, 2012

Opa Serbian Style

The other day I was looking around the stan and thought about all the things that make this place Serbian, and how different it is from living in the U.S.
I started writing this blog and then thought this would make a great top 20 list... and here it is.

Please click the Link to the TOP 20 Blog over at WordPress.


Friday, November 23, 2012

Expat Blog Awards

I got an email the other day from a site my blog is listed on. Expat Blog is a place I have gone to read others blogs. Something I recommend to expats and "wannabe" expats. Their experience are something to learn from, commiserate with, laugh at, and basically just enjoy. 

They wrote to say I was nominated for an award. Thrill, Shock, Smile! Then the asked for me to ask my readers for comments..first to see that I have readers, and second so they can see if my blog is effective at portraying life as an expat.

While I realize I am not an excellent writer. In fact, before I moved so far from home I never was a writer. But with the need for therapy culture shock induced(!), the stories I haven't the imagination to make up, and the practice over the last five years, I do now see myself as a writer. To my surprise I have exactly One Hundred and Eighty posted blogs. Holy Word Count Batman!

Now for my Christmas request from my readers. I would love to read what you think of my blog. I think I am more excited about that than the actual contest. REALLY! It's a treat to read reviews. Even if you critic me. I can learn from you. 

If you feel generous enough to click on this link, scroll down past my blog and leave a review, I would be mighty obliged. Warm Thanks in advance. I look forward to reading your thoughts. And if you have a blog.. leave me a comment below with your blog info so I can check it out!

Hvala Puno!
(Thanks A Lot!)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

while she sleeps

While she sleeps I will write.
We have been in Serbia now for five days. We have been to the village. introduced Millie to most to family. Last night we got to see the friends. :)

Saying good bye to loved ones is very sad, but being reunited on another end makes all the goodbyes easier to take. I love these people! The cherry on top of this sundae was seeing Hana and Millie play together and even take each other's toys. When they were introduced to each other, Sweet little Hana stretched her arms out wide and gave Millie a big smile as if they were old friend being united as her mother and I were.

That is how my little clan has been with me. from the beginning, they welcomed me with open arms and took me in as one of the group, as if I had always been here.  I love my friends, and I am incredibly happy to see them all again.

Friday, October 5, 2012

First Flight

Millie traveled so well, that I am not sure if I should be confident about her traveling or fear that next time we will not be so lucky. However, the next day was another story. and, I am afraid she has not recovered still since our return. Recovery seems to be the hardest part.

While in FL, I sought the advice of a friend and mother of two boys about her experiences. She gave me lots of good advice and mentioned that jet lag is the most difficult. OH, I am so not looking forward to that! Jet-lag is hard enough without a baby... YIKES

I had done a lot of internet research before our trip. Asked fellow expat moms for advice and gone to baby sites about traveling with infants. I feel a little more prepared having the practice run on a plane with Millie. My ace in the hole will be having a partner to help me with her on the trans-Atlantic flight. YEAH DADDY!

Without Daddy's help I did do just fine. I was surprised to find how helpful people were. Random men were offering to help me with my luggage. One guy even went so far as to go all the way back to the food court to get me coffee when Millie was sleeping. All the men were fathers, the last was a grandfather.

Once we got to Florida, Millie made out like a bandit. She got so much stuff, I had a hard time packing our luggage. I was a little worried I would have to leave some things behind. In the end we managed. Millie is still enjoying her gifts.
Her favorite toy, a Piggy Pillow Pet! (above and below)

This is my, "I'm pooping face."
Adjusting to being back home has been a task, we were both Super happy to see Daddy. But Millie has been spoiled having mommy all the time. now we have to adjust back to splitting time between parents while mommy is working.

Every day it gets better. Of to clean and organize post trip.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

BathTub Races

This is the only real bathtub in the race.
Last week I went to an awesome annual event, the Berlin bath tub races. Only one of the "vehicles" was actually a tub, but the stipulation is that all the "tubs" must hold 2 gallons of water.  These waterproof  crafts are imaginative.

The festivities are kicked of by a parade headed up by a bathrobe clad pipes man.  I could listen to him play those pipes all day!
The contestants in the race are introduced to the public in the parade and the heats begin soon after.

Refreshments were being served on the lawn in front of the Atlantic Hotel. I wanted to get one, but I had the baby in one hand and the camera in the other...

The DJ's from Irie radio were narrating the event with a birds eye view.

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The streets were lined with people trying to catch the antics that would ensue. I was unable to secure a good position to watch the race, but the finish line was in view and I was in the SHADE! The was most important on this hot humid day. Plus I got to see the way each heat of the race ended.
My favorite Tub in the race was from the Burley Oak's brewing company. It was arguably the slowest, most unwieldy vehicle. But it had swagger.
I was thrilled to see my old roomie, BK in the race. He was part of the Irie radio team and rocked the Jamaican themed tub.
The most streamlined and fasted vehicle looked to be the Eco tours Kayak, adorned with yellow flowers that made it look so festive!
I didn't stay till the end, Millie got a bit bored with all the commotion and didn't understand what all the fuss was about. We ended up taking a stroll, babies always love that!

I took a few pics while I walked the munchkin. Most of them are for another post.

A major contender in the races was sponsored by the Globe. Pictured below, the beautiful Globe restaurant has a classic structure, a famous name and spectacular food. I love that place.
I loved their tub too, It looks like a cross between a wheel barrel and a really old bathtub.

The afternoon ended early for me. Had to get "lil Mil" home. But I had a wonderful afternoon running in to friends and Millie even got a picture inside of the Irie moble!
Thanks BK!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Post Irene post P.S. I stayed

I woke up this morning feeling refreshed but a bit too warm. We took the AC unit out last night so the "raging" wind and rain would and wouldn't get in through it. I think it would have been ok if we had left it in, but hindsight is 20/20.
Delmarva Power truck out working on the lines.

We lost power last night about 9 PM and it was restored around 6 this morning. I have heard there were worse outages. We were lucky. Also there was no flooding. We took our cars to higher ground as a precautionary measure, but our lot got no more flooded than usual when it rains.

When I went to get my car this morning I took a drive down to "Stinky Beach" to check out the view. Ocean City looks not worse the wear from the other side of the bay, and the beach looked no different. A stray flip flop, and a table top had washed up, but it was otherwise quite the same.

I did have fun chatting up the neighbor yesterday, she got out some Mickey Mouse walkie-talkies in case we lost phone service like we did this past week during the earthquake. We talked a bit on them last night just to see if they worked from her house to ours, but there was never a dire need, and thank God because Mickey's voice got a bit annoying for the short bit we were talking when we finished talking each time, Mikey's voice would come in loud and clear to both sides, "Over".

Thankfully we escaped most of the damage, trees seem to be the most dangerous culprits during this storm. falling branches, and trees killed more people than crashing waves. I am sure they are also the cause of most of the power outages that seem to be plaguing many areas.

A little later I will drive into Ocean City to see what Irene was up the there on our little peninsula. Ocean city opened back up to locals at 9 AM and to all at noon today. People will be flocking back to the beach, tourists and locals alike.
It still looks ominous, but the storm has passed.

International students who were bused out to Baltimore will also be returning soon. There were housed in stadiums, community centers, and and university halls. They will be glad to get back as they have been missing the last few days  available for them to make money in the US, and many had to evacuated before they could pick up last weeks paychecks.

We housed one Bosnian Serb here for the past two days and it has been wonderful. Luka is so polite and nice, he has been a pleasure to have here. I am sure it was nice for my husband to, to be able to speak his native tongue at home for a change.

I got a chance to rest my tired barely pregnant self, and I am refreshed to start back to work tomorrow.