If you are from the "New World" or the west, life in Serbia will be a bit of a shock in many ways. Things that are considered normal or at least standard may not even exist in some parts of Serbia. If you are in a big city life will be closer to what you are accustomed to, but it is still the "Old World".
I do not say this with any malice. I am looking forward to stepping back into a more relaxed lifestyle. Taking lots of coffee breaks with friends and seeing family. There is something to be said for the way the old life has been preserved.
Here are some examples of what I mean.
In the west, washers are accompanied by driers. Often they come in a set. This is not the case in many European countries, not just Serbia. People still hang out the clothes to dry. I actually love this. In the winter, I just hang my clothes inside on the heating elements. I do miss how soft the clothes get in the dryer. Towels are always a bit crunchy. :(
Most businesses are closed on Sunday. This means there is still a day of rest, unlike in the US, where capitalism has eclipsed the need for a break.
I love that in Belgrade, parents do not have to worry about someone kidnapping their children as they do in the states. In that way it is a bit more civilized. Outside of a new grocery store in New Belgrade there is a playground for kids. Parents can shop inside while the kids play.
Most people I know who travel from west to east take along their hair products. I take shampoo and conditioner. The quality of the products does down and the price goes up!
I will continue on this topic soon! Thanks for reading.