Posted by: jwhiff | July 18, 2012

Playtime in Belgrade

It is lovely and warm here in Belgrade! We took it easy for the sake of the kids today, limiting our walking and spending most of our time in the park close to the Serbian Parlaiment.

The park, as I noted last year, still has one of the nicest and safest playgrounds that we have found anywhere. And the dictator of Azerbaijan still watches over the park in his bronze suit, looking like a smug, modern playground saint.

The boys spent most of their time sneaking under a giant lawn sprinkler and pretending to be meerkats at the top of the climbing apparatus. Later, we found our way past a “bombed out” media building that had been memorialized due to the number of workers who died in the building. Jelena had explained to us that NATO always reported the bombings to Serbian leadership prior to carrying them out, but no one passed this information onto people working in this particular building. I’m not sure what the memorial says (Jelena was not with us today), but I’m curious as to what the spin is. I’ll let you know when I find out.

We returned to the park later in the evening. Landon and Quentin were sporting Serbian national football jerseys, shyly watching a group of children playing soccer. The highlight of the day (and probably of the trip so far) came when the children approached Landon and Quentin. After a bit of gesturing, the boys were positioned on the teams and spent the better part of the hour happily chasing the soccer ball around.

We had a nice dinner of traditional Serbian fare and then strolled around the pedestrian shopping area close to our apartment. As always, it is lively, colorful and teeming with locals out enjoying themselves. It is fun to be a part of it. We would have lingered longer and enjoyed a drink or two, but we needed to get the kids to bed.

By the way, the train finally arrived (Folsom Prison Blues reference #2).


  1. Glad to hear you had success, now June Bug needs some help! We are so glad to hear how much the boys are enjoying this trip, quite the seasoned travellers! We had quite the night. Poor little June Bug woke up at 12:50 and cried until 2:45 am!!! She was so uncomfortable, teething and that darn eczema she was very itchy too! After I finally got her settled Isla woke up, itchy too! My goodness, I finally got to sleep at 4:30, only to have it start again at 6:00 am. Needless to say I’m pooped!!! Rena and Zach arrived at supper time the kids were excited to have Mom and Dad back. They were real troopers though. Our weather continues to be sunny and hot, although, they are calling for cooler temperatures tomorrow with the risk of rain. Give our best to Dave and Jelena. And as always love to the boys (and you and Steve, too!).
    Mom and Dad

  2. Jen, I thoroughly enjoy your updates and writing style. Melissa quickly pointed out a small similarity between you and I…it’s just that I wrote about my mind dancing in fields of bran and flax where destructive mudslides are frequent. This, I assure you, was recently chronicled on a sacred little island beyond the reaches of modern cell technology; a bona fide Leibniz / Newton situation to be sure. Johnny is an awesome reference, so with that, I humbly bow before the master. I am not worthy.

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