The Bodacious Belgrade Blog

June 9, 2009

The Weekend House

Filed under: Uncategorized — bunitingi @ 9:29 pm

Ah, nothing like a long weekend at the weekend house.

And this weekend was particularly satisfying because ENGLISH SPEAKING friends came! YAY!

Normally, when people come for the weekend, they’re all serbian and i mostly sit off to the side and read a book. Heck, when visitors DON’T come i ALSO sit around and read a book, although it should be mentioned i got a LOT more reading done while Maja was pregnant. Post delivery i really don’t get serious reading time until around, say, 8 pm. But i digress…

No, wait, let me digress again. After our guests left (yes i’m getting to part where we all had a great time chilling the weekend away), maja and i stayed an extra day and a half, so i got some reading in. Why do you care?

I know you DON’T care that the book i read, in it’s entirety, was called The Road, by the same guy who wrote ‘No Country For Old Men’ (so you get the diea that this is real Feel Good kind of author here) and is in a nutshell  ” a post-apocalyptic tale of a journey taken by a father and his young son over a period of several months, across a landscape blasted by an unnamed cataclysm that destroyed all civilization and, apparently, most life on earth.”

Why am i mentioning this? Because i know that the guy who lent this to me, Shaun, occasionally reads this blog. And he may read this bit i am writing now. And i just wanted him to know that i am on to his insidious and nefarious plot to MAKE ME KILL MYSELF by sending me books whose main effect is to make the reader, particularly if he is father, want to take his own life out of complete and total existential despair. If you hear that i’ve done myself in, be sure to check what book i’ve just finished and WHO gave it to me.

Right. Anyway.

English speaking friends… check.  Great long weekend…. check. Oh yeah, i probably should have given them more warning about the Mosquito swarms that plague the house like an old testament Smiting, but what the hey. Baptism by fire i always say. Or at least i will start always saying. Well, i’m saying now.

So hopefully i can get to do this again sometime.  What do we do up at the house? Eat, lounge about, play ping pong, maja’s mom bakes some cake, i take care of baby in the afternoon while maja naps, more lounging, reading, beer and rakia come out, dinner gets made, dinner gets eaten, beer and rakia get properly attacked, chat chat, everyone goes to bed except me who listens to a concert and THEN goes to bed.

Yay. So here are some photos and a video for your perusement. The video should be somewhat amusing as it depicts me and my french friend, Tibo, attempting to read the baby a book in Cyrillic. (you know, those funny looking russian letters? Well, serbs use them too. The cyrillic alphabet was invented in the 9th century by two macedonian monks who were brothers.) It’s a bit tricky even just sounding the damn baby book out phonetically.

(we DO have some books in english to read the little one, although we can ALWAYS use more hint hint)

And here are some photos of him in his little tub one afternoon after the guests left.






  1. I should tell you also not to read “Last Exit to Brooklyn” by Hubert Selby, Jr. Really. Don’t read it.

    For that matter, be glad you can’t get Law & Order: SVU over there. Every show includes a new and horrible way that your child can suffer at the hands of predators. Lovely.

    Oh, and don’t watch any Disney movies. The mother always has to die at the beginning.

    What the hell is wrong with people?

    Comment by matthew — June 10, 2009 @ 4:25 am | Reply

  2. Hey Paul! Thanks for the great weekend. Lovely people, fantastic food, great cyrillic reading practice, loving mosquitos. It was all there.

    Here are some photos I took:

    What’s that book you wanted me to buy for you in England, by the way?

    Comment by Tibo — June 10, 2009 @ 8:58 am | Reply

    • China Mieville is the author. The book is ‘The City And The City’. I would SO love you long time….

      Comment by bunitingi — June 10, 2009 @ 12:16 pm | Reply

  3. wow Paja ~ you’re not even at a 1st grade reading level yet. how many collective years have you spent married to a Serb? living among Serbs? IN Serbia?! poor poor kitty… you get an A+ for effort & dedication at least. 🙂

    as for The Road ~ do you know they’re making it into A MOVIE!? starring my beloved Viggo, no less. so now you can *watch* the traumatic journey unfold in larger-than-life glory as well!

    as for baby books in english… i thought we weren’t *allowed* to send you stuff in the mail because of mad Serbo-Post package delivery fees?! you should’ve said so sooner! i have a small package accumulating that i was reluctant to send… has something changed? let me know & i will send it on its way! i was thinking i wouldn’t be able to get it to you guys unless i hopped on a plane myself & found my way to Beograd again to deliver it in person… which is not beyond the realm of possibility, but most likely won’t be happening til at least next year at this point.

    so let me know. LOVE YOU GUYS & LOVE THE PHOTOS & VID! you should really post more videos ~ it’s the closest i get to actually seeing the little guy live.

    Comment by turtle — June 10, 2009 @ 9:32 pm | Reply

    • Turtle, i DO know about the movie mainly because Shaun is IN it and was the one who sent me the book.

      Comment by bunitingi — June 11, 2009 @ 7:59 pm | Reply

  4. turtle,

    You can send books, but just make sure NOT to put a Customs form on them. That only applies for items worth over $400. The Serbian Mail Mafia know this, and will pinch them. Thus why one $2.00 bargain paperback I sent disappeared in transit and the other did not.

    Bloody kleptocracy.

    Comment by matthew — June 10, 2009 @ 9:36 pm | Reply

  5. But… but did you like it?

    Also wanted to chat with you about the end, but uh… well… ummm…

    Heh-heh-heh… Hmmm…

    It… It may not be a good time to do this, so I’ll just kinda, you know… go and do, I don’t know… stuff.

    Comment by Shaun — June 10, 2009 @ 9:44 pm | Reply

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