"According to Kat"
1. Play all day!
Two weeks ago, I included Splav Play in my weekly discoveries (read all about it here). At that time, I had only experienced it at night, but since then, I've spent an entire afternoon there. It's so easy to do. Snag a bed if you can (it's actually not that busy from about 1:00-5:00) and lounge, lounge, lounge. I actually brought my laptop and did some work in between the lounging...and of course some eating and drinking, too. I am seriously in love with this place, it is so comfortable and relaxing and lovely and....mmmmmm
2. My friend's new beauty salon is fantastic!
It's called Beauty @ Home and it's located in the Bezanijska Kosa area of New Belgrade. It's really close to Merkur and really easy to get to, whether by car or public transport.
My friend is actually South African so it's perfect for those of you needing an English-speaking place. But she also speaks Serbian well enough for those of you who don't. She is seriously a perfectionist when it comes to her work, not to mention a clean freak. For example, she throws away the hot wax she uses for bikini areas and underarms, as opposed to reheating and reusing it...which apparently is a common practice here in Belgrade and is absolutely disgusting! She also uses only the best products. I'm not promoting her just because she's my friend, she really is great at what she does and she's a very cool chick!
Additionally, she provides some interesting services that might be harder to find here like permanent makeup and eyelash extensions. Aside from that, you can go to her for pedicures, manicures, waxing and permanent hair removal. And her prices are very reasonable.
Beauty @ Home
011 227 0980
3. The "not-having-any-change" phenomenon
Have you experienced this yet? Going to a store, bakery, cafe, etc. and them not having enough change to give you? I've had this happen to me so many times at Hleb i Kifle and most recently at Just Vanilla. Then they even have the audacity to be frustrated with you because you're trying to pay with a 1000rsd bill and they don't have enough small bills to give back to you. They're the business, they're the establishment, they need to have plenty of small bills on hand. You can't expect your customers to always have smaller bills to pay with.
4. There are some things better expressed in Serbian
When I first moved here, I of course found it hard at times to express in Serbian something as well as I could express it in English. And that still happens sometimes. But more and more, I am finding myself wanting to use a Serbian word because it's so much more expressive. For example, there's this word "uzivaj" that people often say to each other to sort of mean "enjoy". But enjoy doesn't come anywhere close to expressing what uzivaj means. Uzivaj is much deeper, sort of like really, really enjoy it...soak up every minute...revel in it.
I just tried to look up the translation and it doesn't come up with anything. I think this is because Serbians really know how to "uzivaju" :)
5. Voulez Vous plays some cool music
When sitting at Voulez Vous, which is exactly where I am as I write this, I often hear really cool tunes that I had never heard before. Then I use my trusty Shazam app on my phone to find out the song's name. I love discovering new music. Here is an example:
To those of you going on vacation, safe travels and uzivajte!!
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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