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Weblog Serbia June 07


Mina came this morning with a lot of complaints about the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert she visited last night. First of all she had to travel to Indjija, where the concert was held, the car broke down, they could not get a direct train, etc. Then the RHCP performed for only 40 minutes and the trip home took 6 hours, and all that costed her 50 Euro. But I have good news, there will be a RHCP-special on the dutch television, June 28 at 20.25, so if she has to babysit she can watch the Red Hot Chili Peppers and earning money at the same time. (posted by Christina, 27/06/2007)
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Yesterday evening our guests and I decided to buy a swimming pool. After the children went to bed we set up the pool, filled it up (for the greater part) with water and built the ladder. Today it will take about two more hours of filling up and then we can enjoy the freshness of the water. Yesterday at 3pm, I saw the temperature rise to 39.6 degrees, today will probably be the same. I am sure we will enjoy the pool a lot this holiday. (posted by Christina, 26/06/2007)
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Today Mina cleaned our carpet because we don't want ants in our living room. Yde and Vibeke spoiled some apple juice on it and that probably attracts these little workers. In the hot sunshine (36 degrees Celsius) sweating all over, she said: at least I know now why I'm sweating...... let's clean the car! (posted by Christina,25/06/2007)
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This week we have to explore the Kosutnjak swimming pools. For today they predict 36-40 degrees Celsius so we might need to cool down a little. (posted by Christina, 25/06/2007)
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At this moment Jitze is in Kenya for a conference. He arrived this morning around 6.30 at Nairobi airport and he was surprised his Serbian cell phone was working. I guess he will try to explore Nairobi today in spite of the scary stories he heard from various people. (posted by Christina, 24/06/2007)
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Everyone asked us if we watched the football game Oranje - Serbia. No, we did not! But of course we feel sorry for the Serbian players. (posted by Christina, 24/06/2007)
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Vibeke's 3rd Birthday today!! She got some nice presents including a small pink bike. Furthermore it is a staggering 36.7 degrees celcius outside with the promise that it will even get warmer tommorow, yeah. (posted by Jitze, 20/06/2007)
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Yesterday evening I watched the final concert of BZN, a dutch band, famous for their paling (eel) sound. They come from Volendam and although there are more artists coming from that little town, none of them (The Cats, Maribel, Jan Smit or Nick and Simon) sound like BZN. (posted by Christina,17/06/2007)
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Garrulus Glandanius or Eurasian Jay (Vlaamse Gaai in Dutch). We have a few of these birds in our garden and they drive our cats crazy. They make a lot of noise and fly constantly very low over our cats, teasing them. I guess it's just a matter of time and we will see Jay from nearby when one of our cats brings it in. (posted by Christina, 12/06/2007)
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To give you an impression of the sensitivity related to any Kosovo discussion. We received several emails because of a map which I used at the Serbia country information page. I just took that map months ago somewhere from internet and Kosovo is not a part of Serbia on that map. I thought it was an accepted map because of UNMIK being in charge in Kosovo. These are some reactions:

Message:
alo bre idiote koji postavljas kartu Srbije bez KOSOVA I METOHIJE na sajt...

jesi ti bre poremecen ili samo tezak izdajnik...


That one does not sound very friendly, I know at least the word idiote..

And this one:

Message:
Map of the Republic of Serbia, found on your site, is "separated" from its own Serbian territory of Kosovo. Do you realise what are you doing, especially if you are living in Belgrade?


So I found another map which I now published there, just to give you an idea, both maps. (posted by Jitze, 03/06/2007)




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No updates for some time because I am playing computer games and Christina is busy with other things as well. We do collect pictures and info and we will try to log more in June. But be our guest, if you have something for the weblog, submit it and we will publish it. (posted by Jitze, 01/06/2007)
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