Photo Blog: Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade hosts a strange mix of Ottoman monuments, Orthodox churches, and communist architecture, commemorating its thousand-year empire under three different empires, five wars, and all the political turbulence of the twentieth century. The city’s history is ingratiated in daily life, unfolding during walks to work, to class, to coffee dates with friends, or even just …

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On the Value of Language Cafes

On Saturday, I told my host mom that her cooking “stank” instead of saying it “smelled good.” This morning, when my new professor asked me when I’ll graduate college, I heard, “when did you wake up this morning” and told him “around 8.” In both cases, the sentences were phonetically close in Serbian and I …

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Attending a Champions League Match in Serbia

On July 16 Crvena zvezda (known in English as Red Star), one of Belgrade’s two famous football clubs, played the second leg of two matches against the Lithuanian Club FK Suduva in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. The first leg in Lithuania had ended in a 0-0 draw, and they met …

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Grammar or Speed?

I’ve recently been thinking about how an aspect of my personality—namely, my perfectionism—makes me a great Bosno-Croate-Serbian (BCS) speaker, but also really holds me back. Before studying Serbian, I lived in Bulgaria for a year and gained a great deal of skills in Bulgarian. “Who said Slavic languages are hard?” I thought. Then, 3 years …

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Religion and History in Novi Sad, Serbia

When you walk into the Church of the Name of Mary, you are struck by a certain lack. There's something missing here, something's different, you might think. Then you realize - there's no iconostasis! And why are there pews?! This beautiful, iconic cathedral that stands in the center of Novi Sad is in fact a …

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The Importance of Letting Go – Keeping in Touch with Friends and Family back home while Abroad

“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” - Christopher Columbus Your decision to study an academic-year abroad will undoubtedly leave an impact on your loved ones back home. While communication and reassurance is important, I’m here to remind you how critical it is for you …

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