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Around the Balkans in 10 hours…

Today we’re driving from Corfu to Belgrade. (Wait…I’m in Greece? I know! I never tell you anything!) It’s going to be a loooong day, so you’ll have to make do with this short post/cool graphic I found on, HERE. It’s practically a map of my last two weeks, except yes, I know that Greece isn’t in the Balkans.

Check out other illustrated maps here, and swoon.


8 responses

  1. Anonymous

    Uhmm, Greece is in Balkans, or Balkan peninsula
    Great blog though, since it gave me insight on how North American lifestyle compares to one I had while living in my hometown and now yours.
    I’m in same kind of situation like you being expat myself now living in Toronto, and some of your posts really helped me soothe my homesick feelings.
    Diving into Belgrade really explains how any given expat in the world feels about living in another place.
    Thanks for “promoting” my home town and keep up the good work, your style of writing and ability to recognize nuances are remarkable.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:55 pm

  2. Thanks for the kind words. It’s my pleasure to promote Belgrade! I mentioned “Greece isn’t the Balkans” in anticipation of a bunch of Greek readers telling me that…my commenters certainly keep me on my toes. I hope you’re adjusting well to your new lifestyle and have found a decent Serbian bakery!

    August 31, 2011 at 8:07 pm

  3. Anonymous

    Thank you for asking I adjusted well, but Serbian bakery is not available here.Although I can find decent burek and other pastries in Serbian stores.
    If you didn’t discovered it yet you should try slane kifle( devour those with butter) from Balkan bakery next to the Balkan movie theater in Brace Jugovica st. close to intersection with Bulevar Despota Stefana, slani shtapich from Aurelio kiosk on Republic Square, and mini pastries filed with raspberry jam from Trpkovic bakery in Nemanjina st across new building of National Bank of Serbia.
    You’ll agree that it’s not possible to have those kind of bakeries and treats here, although there are myriad of ethnic food restorations and spicy food that I also love.


    September 1, 2011 at 4:52 pm

  4. This is a great list! I am going to check it out, especially the mini pastries with raspberry jam. Yum. So far I have two favorite bakeries, Pekara Aca on Svetogorska and an unnamed pastry shop on Makedonska for turkish-syle treats. I am kind of amazed I haven’t gotten bigger while living here. It helps that both bakeries were closed in August! The bakeries and markets are probably what I’ll miss the most (not including our friends here.)

    September 2, 2011 at 8:23 am

  5. Anonymous

    And where exactly is Greece if not in the Balkans???

    September 2, 2011 at 5:18 pm

  6. I was (kind of snootily) informed by someone that it’s “officially” Western Europe and not the Balkans…

    September 4, 2011 at 1:50 pm

  7. Pera

    Balkan is geographical term, not political. It is peninsula with one end in Trieste, Italy and second end in Odessa, Ukraine. Politically, Greece belonged to Western Europe during Cold War because it was not a “Communist” country as the rest of eastern or south-eastern European countries.

    September 8, 2011 at 3:02 am

  8. Thanks for explaining it far better than I could!

    September 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm

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