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Some bath tubs, or Kada, are painted here. I am not sure if this is normal, but ours is. It started peeling, not that I care. But it is just an interesting fact. Paint peels on some old bathtubs.
I finally found a bathtub stopper. It's a big deal. Now I can shave my legs in the tub and just sit and relax a bit. Yesterday was an epic day. I think after getting out of the bathtub I shook some of the paralyzation that takes over me on arrival here. Wahoo! I am breaking out.
This paralysis is real. I remember reading about it in my cross-culture studies class, but never understood it till I came here. There is such a huge difference mentally taking a trip for a few weeks or a month than living somewhere. I know I will only be here for 5 1/2 months, but I still get it. And thinking of living here permanently, makes it more real than I would like it to be sometimes.
Let me explain what I mean by paralysis, it is a mental handicap. Just getting out of bed sometimes is a huge task, and I am always tired, even though I am sleeping 12 hours a night. Trying to get the energy to go to see friends and family I haven't spent time with yet has been more than I can handle. And exercise has been too much to think about.
Strangely enough, I was discussing this with a Serbian I met at the piatz. He works in the US half the year and comes back here in the winter to his family. I thought it would be the same for him when he went to the states, but he said it is when he comes back to Serbia, the lack of opportunities and difficulties to start business or make money from a business does the same to him.
I am shaking off the quick sand and moving on. Yesterday was raining, but I still wanted to run a bit so I ran up and down the stairs in my 5 story condo. It was fun listening to my music and kinda dancing along the way. I hope no one was looking through their peepholes at what a dork I am.
Today I have a full day planned to further shatter the mental paralysis that had been making me a prisoner of my condo. I am going to the post office, the cleaners, the hospital to see mama, and the piatz early this morning. Plus I will fit in a visit to a few friends. I think it will be a good day. Later I will skype with a friend up north in NS.
I woke up at the crack of 6, so I am definitely cracking the sleep thing. Out of bed and writing before 7AM or coffee. Oh, that is what I need to get cracking on most. Coffee. Some things never change, here or in the states... Love my coffee.
I am so in love with the shepherds here, usually they are the Babas and Dedas, (grandmas and grandpas) who live in the villages. Youngsters have made a mass exodus out of the villages I am sad to say. So they are only the animals and mainly the older folks.
I think Monday was our last unseasonably warm day. Milan and I took advantage of it with a road trip to a village not to far away. He wanted to show me an old traditional weekend house his family had there. This house hasn't been in use for some time and a trees limb has created a leak in the roof that has caused massive damage to the home, but it was still a lovely place to visit.
Living in one of these little villages with all this beauty is such a romantic idea, I though a lot about it in the states, but I think the romance wears off a bit when you live here and see how REAL it is.
~I have started wearing my wedding band on my right hand. Orthodox people wear their rings on this hand. Catholics, Protestants and many other various peoples wear their rings on the left hand. I also have stopped wearing any rings with diamonds with it. Most people here only wear a wedding band, so I decided to do the same. I look less conspicuous or at least less flashy this way.
~Sheep tails are unusually long here. Milan said the ones we saw are a breed only found in eastern Serbia. After doing research on Sheep tails, there are many more breeds and different kinds of tails than you would even imagine. Most sheep have their tails docked when they are young. That is why is was so shocking for me to see these long tails. Our Sheep just have little nubs to wag. The well endowed sheep tails here could put most any other sheep to shame, especially if they have been docked!
This shepherd was so nice he invited us to his house for coffee, and when we declined he told us where he lived so the next time we came we could stop in for a visit.
On our way back to the car, we past 3 men making Rakjia. That national liquor I've written about in previous Chronicles. One of the men asked me to take a picture of them and them invited us in for a spell. I did take a few pics, but declined the latter offer. The sun was getting low and we had one more stop to make. Bigar falls!