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Inés, anniversary :)

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I have no clue yet where I am gonna spend this “NYE”, it is gonna be a surprise to myself as last year.

What did I do last year? I got fed-up with nobody knows where to go, so I chose the Couchsurfing community party in Budapest and I went alone. I did not stay for long there, but …

This is how and where I met this crazy french girl called Inés (hm… or it was hear thinking of me I am the crazy one or the man-eater 😀 😀

Inés, let’s start planning another hitchhiking in your summer sneakers, you know from experience winter is the best period for hitchhiking, possibly let’s do another 2000 km trip in 2 days, lets meet the Slovenian police again (this time let’s dress up like sluts, at least for them, not to be a disappointment to be just an ordinary hitchhikers trying to get a car to Ljubljana, Milan to reach Genova and that Brazilian party, where I might meet that guy Nicola :D, but in the meantime we should stop on that gas station to talk to the Spanish truck driver to close his pants before he starts talking to us, or discuss with Cesare some kinky details about gifted Brazilian guys…

… I am recalling all the beautiful people we met on a way!

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in Milan exhausted, but looking for that pasta for Inés

okay, the rest let’s talk through on Skype, and this message below is a good wish for you too

…and I just want to add another sentence: that night when I was fighting with my demons, I am so happy you were the person with me, thank you for your full understanding, support and being with me in those hard moments, honestly. I know it was not easy.

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driver signs in Serbia

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We were driving with my sister from my home village Banatski Dvor to Novi Sad when the idea pop-up to note down the following lines,

I do not know if this exists in other countries as well, so I will note these down, some of you might face them…

**if you are driving in Serbia and if you have a a truck driver in front of you giving you a right signal sign, interpret it as the road is free, no car coming from the opposite way and you can overtake him (of course, you should still pay attention on the road and traffic)

**if you are driving and the cars coming from the opposite direction are flashing at you TWICE, it can mean the following:

  • police is on your way or behind the corner and probably checking on speed drivers, this should be your first thought 😀
  • you or some car driver is driving with high-beam lamps and this way they are asking you to switch to short headlights. I think this is even common with other countries;
  • your fog lamps are disturbing,
  • some friend is in the other car, saying hello 😀
  • or switch on you lamps, they are turned off.

**A driver flashing behind you can be a signal that the driver will overtake you, but  it can be also a nervous driver, who cannot overtake you due to the traffic circumstances, but is trying to make you to drive faster…

**Horns are used less then in Turkey, if they are using it, it can be a sign of overtaking or a pissed off driver behind you.

I tried to find some post about these things, but I ran into a description about the Greek driving habbits, I laughed as I read the part with the goats…

“In Greece (or rural Greece, at least) the horn is still, generally, used as it should be: to let people know of your presence (or to say “Yiasou”). If a driver behind you sounds their horn it usually means they are about to overtake you – just slow down and let them (at night they are more likely to flash their headlights – means the same thing). If an oncoming driver sounds their horn or flashes their lights as they approach you, it probably means there’s a heard of goats in the middle of the road just around the bend. Road rage isn’t a part of the Greek way of life (let’s help keep it that way).”  (Reference: http://goinggreek.info/driving_in_greece.html)

Rocky Balboa, Penelope in the neighborhood

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Finally I got my Serbian driving license, valid till 2025, I think I will put again on a side arranging the Hungarian one, because if I hand in the documents for the Hungarian one, the Serbian will be taken and actually it has no difference which license I am using, I used for driving in Europe the Serbian all these years.

While going out from the police office station in Žitište (the neighbouring village and also the capital of the municipiality) my attention drove to the following, do not get in in swimming suit and half naked…I am a bit shocked, but also not that these things should be communicated. However the 2nd one is stating those with kids and pregnancy have priority.

Why is the title Rocky Balboa? Read the next paragraph 🙂

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In 2007 the village started to organize a festival called Chicken Fest (I think it is usually in September and the name got after the biggest chicken processing plant in the area). At the same time they built the statue of Rocky. I find it funny, however the point of building Rocky’s statue was to raise attention of people on the small places in Serbia,  it also symbolizes persistency and desire for winning…(better this, then having another war)20151224_142632

At the same park in the center of Žitište you can find the statue of Penelope as symbol of loyalty (wife of Odysseus, he was called to the Trojan war and she waited for him 20 years to return). I understood it as a symbol to stay loyal to the village.

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if you travel to Serbia…

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After 7 hours of traveling with Ivo Andric (I hope these Chinese investors will finally do the new rails in cooperation with the Hungarian and Serbian goverment and we will really reach Belgrade in 2 hours, pfff, dream on…) Anyway, we finally reached our destination – Novi Sad. By car u can reach Novi Sad in 2 hours. It was Filip’s and Teo’s (cousin from my sister) reunion after 2 months.
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We decided to make a stop in Novi Sad by my sister and the next day to move on to Banatski Dvor to my parents house.

We took a bus to the bus station (which is right next to the train station, I still can get lost in Novi Sad, I am so bad on navigating myself in Novi Sad, even after so many years I can get lost there 😀

I was not sure which way I should take to reach the place so I managed to ask a grumpy man,who  just replied “ask around” and moved on…Filip looked at me and asked, mom what did he say: I told him, well he was not really in a mood to help 😀 we will ask someone  else for a guidance.

We reached a public bus station and got up on the bus to reach the main bus station. The bus was full, people were moving away to make space for us and my big bag, but Filip decided to stay in the front next to the driver. I am sure you travelled many times in a over-crowded bus and sometimes even there are place to sit, people just decide not to sit or they are all standing in the door. Here, people tried to sit next to each other using the space as much as possible to have more space for those standing. It was a good feeling to see that people are caring,they really tried to use the space the most possible.

At the train station we approached the exibited old steam locomotive, I read the plate to find out more and I got very surprised. The train is produced in 1925 in MÁV (the Hungarian Rail Company) in Budapest – max speed 60km/h.

While going to buy the ticket for the bus, Filip spoted some kids newspaper with stickers and at first I did not realize,  we bumped into the following setup of the yearly calendars…I think the shop owner was being ironical putting these 2 people next to each other with the first calendar saying “Verni prijatelji” -in translation: faithfull friends. On the second calendar is Tito (president of Yugoslavia) and on the third is Draža Mihajlović (nationalist, leader of the chetniks). Both of them wanted to gain control on post-war Yugoslavia. Do you think they were really friends? 🙂

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Anyway Filip got his stickers book. The cute, but also sad reality were the dogs sunbathing in front of the train station. Filip tried to make friendship with them, but they are too scared to be friendly. Kids should avoid them.

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We have been waiting an hour for our bus to Zrenjanin as I had no direct bus to my home village and we waited another hour to reach Banatski Dvor.

If you have a big bag, be prepared to have it under your knees in the bus, as mostly there is no space for carrying big bags or bus drivers are just lazy to get down from the bus to open the storage place. 🙂

It was a real Wizzair cheap flights feeling. If you are taller…

well, you will need some acrobatic skills, try by putting your legs to your neck. Srbija majko!!! :))) (mother Serbia)

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otherwise,  just take it easy, at least people are nice in the Balkans!

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with a “small” delay

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With a couple of weeks of delay I will finish my post about Geneva regarding to the UN office and Ariana Park.

The story started like this:

I was sunbathing on “Bains des Paquis” when a lady sit next to me, somehow we started to talk, I am not sure if it was my hair color again the topic or what was exactly, but we got into a conversation. She was just having her lunch break from work as many of others we were surrounded by on the lake.

I asked her where she works and she said in the Library of the United Nations, wow I was surprised. She had an hour lunch break and then we exchanged our phone numbers and she told me if I am interested to get into the UN as her visitor, I was flattered, couple of days later, on Friday, I called her and I went to visit her in the UN.

Before I entered and when I was leaving the building I bumped into a 2 different group of protesters, as I later found out this is like everyday thing here…

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Beatrice guided me into the hidden Library of documents from the times of the constitution etc…I really felt special to have the opportunity to see the treasures that were hidden and contained the whole history of the UN and of course in that area it was not allowed to make photos.

But, I made photos around I will share with couple of.  After I got through the safety check-in and registration as a Visitor I got a map and a badge with my name on it. Well, the whole building is like a labyrinth once u are inside of it and even the people working in the building are not really able to help you to guide you to the place u wanna go :)))

I found the sign, but to find Beatrice took me about 20 minutes minimum. This below is before the entrance to the Library and next to it a view through the window from the building.

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Beatrice is working as a customer facing Librarian as u get into the Library. Behind her desk there was a painting I really liked called “Earth Women and Cosmos” and actually I just found out (God bless internet) the painting is made by Olga Sinclair (http://www.olgasinclair.com/ and she is actually having in May an exhibition of her paintings in the UN.

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I made a photo about Mr. Kofi Annan,

alright it’s not him, but about his photo 🙂 and the book you see underneath it, it was an initiative to make cartooning about peace by different artists.

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Beatrice wanted to have a break, so we got out to the gardens, where she showed me the statue that was a gift from Russia, we tried to make a selfie, but the camera did not like us 🙂 so she took her coffee and I took one a great fig-honey joghurt, I could not resist it, yummy…

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We walked around and she told me that the UN is having a programme of protecting wild flowers in the Ariana garden, just as animals, so the garden is full of flowers, there were some peacocks too, I did not ran into them, however I found the following story “why” peacocks:

“The Palace of UN is located in Ariana Park, which was bequeathed to the City of Geneva in 1890 by Gustave de Revilliod de la Rive, on three conditions: that the park always remain accessible to the public, that he be buried in the park, and that peacocks roam freely on its grounds, which they do to this day”.

More about him: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustave_Revilliod

and then we ran into 10 beenhives,  10 beehives decorated in the red and white of the Swiss flag and named after UN objectives such as “Peace”, “Human Rights,” and “Environment”. If I understood it well the beenhives were presented to UN from Switzerland on the 10th year of Switzerlands membership.

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Okay, this photo of me is very stupid,  but yeah I have it too now by the Sphère Armillaire:

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Then we got back to the office for some work, she showed me some job posts on their Intraner, encouraging me to apply and go to work in the UN.

Around 5 pm we ran out of the office and she left for her weekend while I stayed to browse around.

While browsing around I saw the statue of Nicolae Titulescu, who “was a well-known Romanian diplomat, at various times government minister, finance and foreign minister, and for two terms President of the General Assembly of the League of Nations.” I guess it was the present of Romanian goverment, actually I could not find information about it, but since everyone was giving some “present in that garden to the UN I assume its present from Romania. :)) I can make a story around it. 😛

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And as I was walked out I finally saw the front building and the flags of our countries.

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and then back again to the streets to find another host for that night :))

Mont Salevé in France

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On one of the sunny days my host from Columbia proposed to visit the mountains couple of kms from Geneva, named Mont Salevé, he mentioned that on top of the mountain is the center of Tibetan Buddhism called Shedrub Choekhor Ling. Actually I crossed the Swiss-French border with this excursion and as far as I know the mountain is about 20 km’s away from Geneva in France.

At first it seemed a great idea even I am not really a hiking type of person, I mean not for such long distances.

I do hiking but this one was for me just too much and actually after walking 2 km’s uphill I realized how much I was not prepared for it, he was trying to comfort me to feel good because of achieving the top of the hill and I really did a good job in comparison to that I very rarely do this, but the more he was comforting me I was more angry at him and then I realized actually I set myself too big target and as he said through a joke: I was not the first victim of him (I have to admit I was also in a street shoe). Btw. there is a Cable Car too to reach the top, but it starts functioning from 1st of April.

This is my host and well, now when I am back home it is fun to watch these stairs, I remember being amazed also when I saw them, but it was still at the middle of the way till the top and I was already dead and quite tired, while my host kept telling me, just 10 min more, I heard this couple of time untill we reached the top…

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I am posting a prove I reached the top, this is the top of the cable car and a map of Saleve on the top of the hill :))

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However on the top of the hill the view is beautiful (we aslo had some areas covered with snow) and we had the luck it was a windy day so we even saw a hang glidings a few meter away from us (I hope this is the appropriate phrase), so if not else I enjoyed watching them and I even made a video for my son to show him later at home (he liked it).

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Another “about me” recognition

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I am a romantic who enjoys strolling through cobblestone streets and markets. i am inspired by art and architecture, and thrive being surrounded by other artists and intellectuals. I enjoy the bustle of a city, but also love spending time in the warm countryside, sitting at a cafe, and having a glass of wine or coffee. My soul is nourished by being in nature *mostly seaside and by having deep meaningful conversation about love, art, and the meaning of life. Thank you Geneva, you gave me these moments with the lake, with the people, with the mountain, with the four season weather, with the languages, with the buildings…

“Bains des Paquis” in Geneva

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I am still talking about the second day, but it was a day when I was kinda had a place at my first host, but he had obligations, so I was actually trying to find other solutions,  and again I was a bit struggling with finding Wifi spot too, actually the most secure places you will find are Starbucks and McDonalds, about the rest bar, it depends…

from one side it is okay, at least people are socializing in their face to face contacts, but as a traveller you can struggle a bit with this thing, but as I said at least u can always have the safe solution in the places above, the Wifi works for an hour and then you have to reconnect, this is what I was told, but actually I did not spend more then a half an hour in Starbucks as I was more interested in the real life… I quickly sent my couchsurfer requests and then  in the afternoon I did another check..btw this day I got one respond from a couchsurfer as he is able to host me for 15 CHF/night (now this is what is against couchsurfing rules, but at least I could have a cheap stay in a hostel, which is again okay for a “safe” solution…I did not use this opportunity in the end as I managed to make a new friend, but this I will tell later.

Oh, and on my reply the guy with the hostel offer called me “sweety”, so I was 99% sure I am not gonna take that solution…

So, “Bains des Paquis” is the plage of the Genevan people, they cannot wait that the sun comes up and I really had luck, I spent from 11am-8pm my time that day at the lake, sunbathing, enjoying the sun and meeting interesting people. I was as in Serbian would people say “Sve četiri uvis”, which means all four limbs in the air, meaning doing nothing just being lazy, and actually enjoying. I am so much dependant on Sun and I was breathing in all the beams I could…

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we had a nice sunny day, even the photos do not reflect it, but there were people swimming and enjoying and some screaming as e.g. a group of English students, of course 😀

Anyways, the people are not bothered with swimsuits, I was also sunbathing in a t-shirt and my panties, not giving a… anything just as the others…

btw the place is great for kids as on the left side of the beach are pebbles and as u can see there is even a slide for kids…there is one fast food restaurant there with decent prices for people with swiss salaries 😀 (for them this means its “cheap”, for my Hungarian or Serbian terms it is ouch…btw. the second photo with snails is actually the top of the snack bar I mentioned…

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People from Geneva also come here for their lunch time, I heard for the weekends there is a DJ playing a music and actually this place is a great place for partying.

The beach is the place where I met Beatrice from the Library of the UN during her lunch time and I got invited to be her guest visitor into UN. That was a great feeling!

And this is how I met a Columbian guy called Marlon, who comes to the lake for relaxing, reading, meditating, whatever, and who later showed me the mountain Salevé and he was hosting me for couple of days.

We took the yellow boats to reach the suburb where he lives. The ticket is the same as for the public transport and it costs you 3 CHF (the ticket is valid for one hour).

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In next post some photos about those experiences with Salevé…

i still have things about Geneva…

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well I spent a week there…i went there on the 17th of March and…I had seen a lot, but I think I still have to see there a lot, or elsewhere…

imagine on the 22th I arrived to the airport, I took out my ticket to check-in and it does not work, the guard on the check-in says: “madam, this ticket is for the 24th”…uhum…I was pretty shocked, in panic as I had to look again for a host (in the end I played safe…it was a mistake in a certain way, but at least I learned, stop playing safe just trust life will bring you solutions, as it happened the previous days, do not stick to a people you do not feel comfortable with)

anyways, my second  day in Geneva looked like this, I do not know about your opinion, but these trees are for me just magical…i made more photos about them, from more perspective, I could post all of them, but let’s not overreact…

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Statue of Mr. Jean Jacque Rousseaou (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Jacques_Rousseau)

I have to admit I was just shocked how the lake Geneva and the river Rhone are clean, look at the bottom of the water…

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I also bumped into this monument  I am quoting from Wikipedia “The Brunswick Monument is a mausoleum built in 1879 in Geneva, Switzerland to commemorate the life of Charles II, Duke of Brunswick (1804 – 1873). He bequeathed his fortune to the city of Geneva in exchange for a monument to be built in his name, specifying that it be a replica of the Scaliger Tombs in Verona, Italy”. …and behind it a very colorful and cozy coffee bar…actually I made the photo, also because of a man in the “painter” hat…I am not sure u can spot him on the photo, but definitely this place is a great place for having a coffee on the sun and it is next to the lake, you cannot miss it…

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after it suddenly I bumped into the “Bains des Paquis“…let me show you more photos in another post!

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Geneva is colorful in every sense of that word

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Okay, I am noto gonna talk about the people I met, because that is the most colorful thing here…

I actually want to post some photos from shops about some temporary colorful arts…these first ones are actually decorations made of a paper and they are actually lamps 🙂

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another building I found it cool with the pebbles 🙂 or these windows??aren’t they great?

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and look at these graffiti’s and this is only a couple of them…the giraffe looks to me like a “black guy” 🙂 is not?

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while I was looking for a place to have a WIFI…Retox, now you see this is what I am talking about, every person, place just reminds me on Nicola, even in Geneva…I am so angry at the personel in Retox hostel for not helping me to get his contacts. You must be very cruel to not help someone a person it has lost…some people are really sticking too much to rules 😦 it’s so sad that they cannot distinguish between good will and helping others when they want to find a person and this is a reason to ask for private informations and between those who want to misuse the information they hand you over about a person…the world is so much full of not-trusting people…

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Anyways, for me now this is only another sign that the key to find his is “Retox”….