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weblog Serbia Nov 06


weblog Serbia Nov 06Yes, yes! I had the honor to be the first visitor at the Zofona family in Belgrade from November 19 - November 26. In a less than 4 hours flight I travelled from Amsterdam to Belgrade, where the weather was great, sunny and around 18 degrees. Great to see how the Zofonas live at their new destination Belgrade. Read my Belgrade visitor story.
(posted by Coen, 30/11/06)
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This morning I met with some other Dutch ladies and we made our Dutch products ready for sale at the IWC Christmas Bazaar. Together with 33 other countries we sell products including food, wine and liquors, textiles, clothing, handicrafts, jewelery and many other items
The International Women's Club of Belgrade (IWC) invites you to attend their annual Christmas Bazaar on Dec 3, 2006 at the Belgrade Fair, Hall 5. Doors open at 10h30, entrance fee is 200 CSD, everyone welcome.
Raffle tickets are available for sale at 150 CSD each with the prize drawing occurring at 14h00. Pictures with Santa and face-painting available for the children.
Earnings collected from the Bazaar go to the IWC Charity Committee to be disbursed to various disadvantaged groups in Serbia-Montenegro throughout the following year.
(posted by Christina, 29/11/06)
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I just wrote something about our two day trip to the South of Serbia and Sofia, Bulgaria . We also made more pictures of Novi Sad (very nice city) and Nis. This week I will add them. Our guest, Coen, left today. This time he wrote his travel story but he only has to put it into a word document. It will published this week (maybe tonight?? :) ). (posted by Jitze, 26/11/06)
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SBB Alert and news update: After just one month of cable internet my favorite Serbian company managed to disconnect us for more than two days. They first told us that there was a problem in the whole area. Finally after several calls from one of my colleagues (thanks :) ) they showed up this evening. Einstein's!! They first checked inside, uhm, no connection. On my roof, uhm, no connection. I asked them why they checked my house if the problem was something in this area. To be exactly, I asked, are there other people (left) with this problem? Uhm, you are more or less the last one!!

They took a ladder, climbed into a pole (just outside our entrance gate) and within 5 minutes they fixed it. Those &^%$$%% could have done this 48 hours ago. I promised to make an anti SBB site. I will make it now, too much inspiration. The only risk, they can always shut me down again. But well, what's new then? (posted by Jitze, 22/11/06)
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To be honest, I am always wondering what kind of person you are if you make things like that Indian Name generator...(posted by Jitze, 17/11/06)
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Belgrade has much to offer, for example architecture. Visit the Belgrade architecture website for a first impression. If you are interested in churches the website of the city of Belgrade also contains interesting information. A lot of information, but low quality pictures can be found on this modern Serbian architecture website. (posted by Jitze, 16/11/06)
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The Serbian food section is now online, Christina wrote the recipies last week. She will add more recipies, submenu's and pictures soon. Just check it out if you want to prepare some original Serbian food. (posted by Jitze, 12/11/06)
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Another city explored, this time we visited Valjevo. Located 100 kilometers South West from Belgrade you can easily visit it in one afternoon. The hills surrounding Valjevo are very nice. Of course we also added some pictures with very intelligent comments. (posted by Jitze, 12/11/06)
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I only discovered this website (shame on me) because it received an award for being the best Dutch weblog. It won the Dutch competition, which is a part of a world wide competition of blogs, initiated by German News Channel 'Deutsche Welle'. In the Netherlands the competition was organised by 'radio Nederland wereldomroep'. An international jury decided in favour of www.bureaubelgrado.nl. Very nice for us to read with a lot of Belgrade related postings. If you cannot read Dutch, bad luck. They do not have an English version.

By the way, the world wide competion was won by: www.sunlightfoundation.com (posted by Jitze, 11/11/06)
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If you like to play games, watch this movie. A great new game with some options I have never seen before.

And if Christina starts to post again it means that soon we can expect Balkan and Serbian food recipies on this site. I saw her making a first draft. I don't have to write all the postings alone anymore. (posted by Jitze, 09/11/06)
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Today I made my first cup of Turkish Coffee. Our gardener likes to drink this type of coffee instead of our "regular" filter coffee. So I searched on the web for a recipe and I made him a cup. Now I hope it tastes good, to me it smells awfully strong but I'm not a coffee drinker. (posted by Christina, 09/11/06)

The gardener said he liked it;)) so i still don't know whether it was good or not.
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We ended up in Sabac, a city some 65 kilometers away from Belgrade. And to wrap up this touristic weekend I also added a page with more information about Sabac. Check out the pictures and a small wedding movie with some typical music. (posted by Jitze, 05/11/06)
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As promised, the city of Smederevo. Not completely ready because I will add some links but you can start enjoying the pictures. We will jump in the car again now, let's see if we can make some more nice pictures on this rainy Sunday afternoon. (posted by Jitze, 05/11/06)
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I just added information about the city of Pozarevac. Slowly our Serbian city list is growing. Now I will start with Smederevo. Some pictures are really great. (posted by Jitze, 04/11/06)
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Yesterday evening it was snowing! Not much but enough to cover the roof of our house with just a little bit of snow. Yde's school organised their yearly Halloween parade and we were watching the parade while it was snowing, just a freezing cold experience. And to be honest I think it is not very interesting if you are not familiar with this part of the rich (haha) American cultural heritage.

At this moment I am trying to gather useful touristic information about Serbia. But I discovered something strange. There are quite a number of websites aiming at tourists but they are only available in Serbian language. What could be the reason? Do they have plenty of local tourists or are they not very good at targeting the right market effectively? Look at this website for example, I presume they have an avalanche of cool, funny and very interesting information about Zlatibor but I did not discover the English version!! I am afraid it will take some more time before I can give useful tourist info. (posted by Jitze, 04/11/06)
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