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Top 10 Signs You May Live in Belgrade


I’ve been compiling a “You know you’re in Belgrade when…” list for a while, but it never seemed finished. Now I realize it will probably never be finished; there are too many observations and too many missed opportunities for one person to do it in one year.

I also realize that many of these things aren’t unique to Belgrade, but hey, that’s where I live. Enlighten me if you’d like and add your own thoughts in the comments!

(P.S. This photo is a bit misleading…it was taken in Subotica, not Belgrade.) 

Top 10 Signs You May Live in Belgrade

1. You park on the sidewalk and walk in the street.

2. You know 8 Pedjas, 6 Dragans/Draganas, and 3 Zorans/Zoranas.  Let’s not even talk about the Milicas, Anjas and Minas.

3. Your favorite bar has no food, but an extensive cigarette menu.

4. You’ve bought 15 “orphanage” cards from strangers on the street…who never give you envelopes.

5. Grocery shopping involves a pijaca, at least one Mini Maxi, and a stop at Stampa for smokes.

6. Elderly women are far stronger than you are. (That’s what happens when you carry 30 pounds of vegetables around every other day.)

7. If you’re a woman, your closet is full of galoshes and stilettos. If you’re a man, you have five pairs of pristine sneakers.

8. You’re more loyal to your bakery than your church.

9.  The pharmacies are full of medicine, but none are as strong as rakija.

10. Everyone laughs at superstitions…and then follows them.

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8 responses

  1. Bojan

    ha ha , the last one is totally me.

    October 13, 2011 at 8:27 pm

  2. Anonymous

    Mnogo Dobro!

    October 13, 2011 at 11:32 pm

  3. Hvala!

    October 13, 2011 at 11:52 pm

  4. This is great! I especially love the picture! 🙂

    October 14, 2011 at 7:41 am

  5. Subotica represented! It seems like you can walk on the sidewalk in Subotica though…

    October 14, 2011 at 9:46 am

  6. True – the sidewalks stay a lot more open than those in Belgrade. 🙂

    October 14, 2011 at 11:01 am

  7. Hehehe… these are great! And so true, too! The list could definitely go on and on and on…

    October 17, 2011 at 1:02 am

  8. true and true!!
    i still fake spit three times and walk back three steps when a black cat crosses my way… it’s awful!! 🙂

    October 24, 2011 at 2:14 am

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