On “Non-Traditional” Education

I used to work as an intern in an university. I was completing my Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and assisting with the Dean of Students. While truthfully, most of my days were endless excel sheets, I was privileged to work on programs like Bystander Awareness campaigns for sexual assault and Focus Groups on campus…

Heavy History in Niš

After spending our final night in Belgrade, we hopped in the rental and headed South to the city of Niš. It was an easy drive, only 2 and a half hours, and straight down a major freeway. Traffic was light, drivers were friendly, and the pitstops had nice warm food and quick service. Once we…

A Gateway to the Past- Banat

We got up early, put petrol in the rental, bought a few snacks to tie us over, and left Belgrade. We drove east, watching the buildings disappear and rolling plains take over the landscape. It was about an hour and a half before we reached our first stop: Banatski Karlovac. Here, we stopped at the…

Family History in the Balkans

This post is a bit more personal as it reflects on the entire reason why I chose Serbia to visit during my spring break. This story starts in 1993. When I was 6 years old, my father married my stepmom. We were living in Savannah Georgia, where I spent my cognizant years being raised by…

Return To Belgrade

We woke up to cloudy skies and a bit of drizzle. We pulled our clothes off the radiator and folded them stiffly into the bags. After making sure everything was sorted, we checked out and went to return the rental. We stopped for petrol and delicious cherry turnovers from heaven round 2, then dropped off…

How We Met

A lot of people ask how Arjun and I met. Dubai is a crazy place, and the dating scene is abysmally ridiculous. Anyone who has spent time here single knows that it’s a jungle full of transients, fakes, flakes, and cultural clashes. I myself suffered my experiences of horrible first dates, underhanded ghosting, and being…

The Fairy Tale of Fruska Gora

Day Three of our Serbia adventure! Make sure you see the part where we got engaged, then wander over to our favorite restaurant for the trip. We woke up in Novi Sad, got dressed, and started walking toward the car rental office. We left early enough to catch breakfast before the rental office opened. We…

A Life in Disarray

As all the Justin Timberlake memes have foretold, it is now May. It’s a bit shocking to think that the year is nearly halfway over. It’s also a bit anxiety inducing to feel that I’ve not budged much on my personal goals. I’ve made progress, for sure, but I’m not where I want to be…

Taking the train to Novi Sad

This is my second post in my Serbia Blog series.  Check out my first one here. We woke up in Belgrade, sleeping 10 hours like the elderly, but feeling refreshed and adjusted to time. After getting ready, we confirmed some directions with our host and went to a riverside park for a morning stroll. We…

On Becoming Type A and How I Deal

Anyone who’s known me long enough knows I can be very detail oriented. I obsess over order and time and efficiency. To the point of annoyance for others, I am very concerned with having a full and timely schedule. Since moving out on my own I’ve carried diaries, weekly planners, and various blogs to help…