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Our car is getting Expensive


Our car is getting expensive. Living where we do in a small hamlet in the countryside, where there is no bus service and our nearest “kiosk” is just under a km away, transport is essential. We have a car, so normally, no problem. Until “IT” doesn’t work. We drive a VW Golf (we like the […]


Jovandan – A weekend in January.


Jovandan – A weekend in January. Note: The following are my experiences and may not reflect how other Balkan families celebrate. I quite cheekily call my first month of the year, “Saint January”. I live in a predominantly Bosnian Serb area of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and as such, the dominant faith is Orthodox Christian. Celebrating […]


Hristos se rodi – Serbian Orthodox Christmas

Serbian Orthodox Christmas

Serbian Orthodox Christmas. Its the 7th of January. Christmas Day in the Serbian Orthodox Church Calendar. We are in Banja Luka at Tamara’s parents apartment. Its just past midday and we are just about to break Česnica, traditional Christmas Bread. The table is set for Christmas Lunch. Everything is home made. Nothing, apart from the […]