"According to Kat"
1. Dogs in Serbia speak only Serbian
Have you ever tried to give a stray dog in Belgrade a command only to find it staring back at you blankly? Well that's cause they only understand Serbian...haha.
Last week, an American friend and I were at a corporate BBQ at Ada. There was a stray dog hanging out with us, just kinda chilling. My friend, the softy that she is, threw him the rest of her hamburger thinking he would be oh so grateful and excited, but instead, he didn't even flinch. She told him in English to eat it and still, nothing.
The Serbian guys sitting near us, observing what was going on, jumped in and told him to eat it, but in Serbian, and immediately he obeyed and devoured the food.
What the hell? Do they really only understand Serbian?? Lol
2. I love the last-minute-ness of Belgrade
Yes, life in Belgrade flows differently than life in the US. Things are a lot more spur-of-the-moment here. Which can be annoying when it comes to business, but oh so wonderful when it comes to socializing.
Just 2 days ago, I happened to notice that a friend of mine from Chicago, who's also Serbian, was in town for a couple of days. I messaged her on FB about possibly getting together for coffee while she's in town and her response was, "How about now?" Works for me!
Granted, the work that I do allows for those kinds of last-minute gatherings. If I were to be working for a large firm, that probably wouldn't have been possible. But nevertheless, things in Belgrade, in general, happen much more in-the-moment. In the US, I would have to schedule weeks in advance, or at least a few days, to see a friend like that.
Embrace the spontaneity of this city!
3. Follow your nose...wherever it may lead
I have a friend in Chicago who used to say this all the time, "follow your nose..."
What does that mean exactly? It means that whenever you feel an inkling of a desire or interest in something, follow that inclination, that impulse. Don't question it too much and wonder why and how, etc. Just follow your nose.
Here's an example, I told you last week how I started taking this presentation skills class. As soon as I read/heard about it, I felt the desire to explore this idea and I just went for it. As I told you last week, it's great to get out of your comfort zone. But the other benefit of taking this class, other than the obvious improving my presentation skills, is that I realized how much I love to present, to people. I've realized what a high I get from developing how I'm going to present the idea/topic and then actually presenting it. I get so charged up! And now I know that this is something I'd like to explore even more. That this might be another passion of mine.
So follow your nose and you never know what you might discover and learn about yourself.
4. Style Tip #1: If your dress is super tight, DO NOT wear panties.
There's that damn word again...lol
I saw a woman last night, wearing a black, skintight dress and I noticed her panty lines. Maybe other people didn't notice, but I'm extremely observant, I notice everything. Either way, your panty lines should never show. Period.
5. Style Tip #2: Get a bra fitting
In the US, Victoria's Secret had bra "specialists" on hand who could measure your chest and give you your exact bra size. I know you might be thinking that you know your size, you've been wearing that size for years, the bra fits...or it seems as though it does. Trust me, if you have never been measured...do it!
Years ago, a friend of mine (actually it was my brother's girlfriend at the time) and I were chatting, for some reason, about bra sizes. She told me that she was a 36C (or something like that). I immediately told her that that was impossible. She was on the plumper side and I could just tell that her chest was larger than a C. She had never been fitted, hence, she was horribly deceived.
So we went shopping that day, she got a bra fitting and discovered she was a D or even double D, I can't remember exactly. Either way, my assumption was right, she was much bigger than she thought. So she bought herself a couple of bras in the correct size and thanked me for changing her life. No really. She said it made a world of difference to be wearing the right bra size, it looked better and she felt better. Voila!
This just in: Supermarket's summer program begins.
You know how I feel about this place, I still think it's super chic and cool. Well I just found out what their summer lineup will look like: Thursdays ~ DJ Petko spinning Soul, Funk, Jazz, Bossanova Fridays ~ DJ Akioki spinning Deep House Saturdays ~ Tzootzoonga Ansambl, a live jazz band
I hope you have a wonderfully fantastic weekend, enjoying this super hot weather. Stay cool!
Katarina Ilic is an American of Serbian descent, living permanently in Belgrade, by choice. Katarina is a Columnist & Associate Editor for LivingInBelgrade.com; the Love & Sex Editor for The SNSPost.com in Chicago; and keeps a personal blog at KatarinaIlic.com
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