A Place I Like

catmaraČatmara” is a name for traditional vernacular house in the mountainous area in Serbia. These types of houses have been preserved till today. They were built in a specific way, without nails and bolts; timber construction was tangled in a skeleton that was covered with mixture of mud and straw. Base walls were made of stones, magnificently precise in composition. Like most traditional crafts, the craftsmanship of building “čatmaras” is a disappearing one. 

"As long as I am living, I will maintain it. The roots of my family are in its foundations, I feel warmth and energy in it, I am a part of it. It is a reminder who and where i come from, it is a representative of an old Serbian house, a monument.

Our village houses are becoming ruins, but not mine. We are forgetting who we are and where we come from. I can’t give money to go around world sights, and let mine go to waste" – said Dragan Gligorijevic from Jagodina

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–        Dragan Gligorijevic to www.telegraf.rs

dis.viewAn office with a view in a deteriorating building that used to be one of the landmarks, the masterpiece of Yugoslavian modern architecture the head office of the biggest publishing corporation in Yugoslavia. The front façade of BIGZ, where my office is, is facing Belgrade Trade Fair Center, another important sign of something that once was an innovation, and now is a connection with exciting and prosperous past and even more hectic nowadays. The office that I work in is also looking at bridges, river and famous railway that goes to Bar, a railway that changed who knows how many lives. The vanishing view - soon a polygon for new construction sites that we know nothing about, nor who the users are going to be. And the view I like as it is, it might seem deserted and unfriendly, on the contrary, just think of all the stories that are hidden there, the melody, the rhapsody.

         Rastko Tanasijevic

ivica.mrsulja.vesla.3One of many healing components of rowing is time spent on water in the nature.

Then privilege of traveling enriches spirit, therefore every time a winter gets near, I start to be excited because I know that the Bay is waiting for me. Boka Bay is always exhilarating, but during the winter months it has a special note of mysticism that inspires poets and oarsmen equally. Maybe I am a bit more sensible to Boka’s spells than my team-mates are because of my roots. My ancestors Mršulja are from Kotor. I spent my childhood summers here. To me, the Bay is the most exciting and beautiful part of Adriatic Riviera. And I am so glad that national rowing team as well as CZ’s first team traditionally comes here to train to feel exceptional combination of heritage and enchanted nature.

  Ivica Mršulja

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Ice, carried by the river still struggling and flowing not completely frozen, follows the river matrix, overtakes it and crashesuponitself, overlaps and clings onto itself, piling up threateningly on the bends below the Petrovaradin Fortress. Once, the ice used to carry away bridges and boats in Novi Sad, and now it takes the breath away to all who venture out into the cold air, colder even by the Danube, to see this sight, with the Fortress standing above peacefully and steadily. Since the foundations were laid in 1962 for the Fortress we know today, at least three hundred snows have covered its rooftops, walls bastions.

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While exploring the white expanses of the Fortress, you can hardly come across any other person, who could bring the postcard images to life, break the silence and the sound of snow crunching under the feet. Magical moments come into being while we are alone with our thoughts and the Fortress. We write blueprints on white paths, think of the times gone by and dream of those to come. We explore the past to better imagine the future. We listen to the silence as we are amazed by the snowy reflections on the Fortress winter face. The unknown faces of the fortresses built into the one erected in XVIII century, were equally covered by winter snows and solitude. And still, the snow has never conquered it, and it met and fell over many armies, wars and empires, which left clues of their cultures and civilizations, traces of life. After it covers and washes the Fortress, the snow melts and seeks the Danube, the only one who crosses all pages of history and the exciting Petrovaradin fortress underground.

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Our desire is to keep listening to Fortress stories, to interpret and share them with others; to uncover all the beauties and potentials of this remarkable piece of fortification architecture, this living and breathing history textbook and the town’s symbol on the opposite shore, an equally special place for art creation and the visitors’ enjoyment and relaxation. Each new snow marks another year for the Fortress standing abovethe river and watching over the town, patiently waiting to be explored, cared for accordingly and visited more often, at the very least.

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2.cetinje.jan.20171.cetinje.jan.2017Being so near the sea, and very close to Zeta valley, it is such an extraordinary thing that Cetinje is a snowy place.

Snow is always with a smile welcomed here, and even though traffic almost always collapses, inhabitants of Cetinje are not nervous at all. They affectionately greet every snowflake and just go out to walk, talk and enjoy the winter. The town becomes so active, and historic part of the town turns into scenery from theatre plays. There is a celebrating mood in the air, and my favorite familiar streets are cuter and more cheerful than usually.

I don’t know why people in Cetinje are so fond of snow, but they are celebrating the beauty of life and winter splendor so naturally. Undoubtedly, there is a pure elegance and nobility in snow. Cetinje used to be a capital where king lived. Perhaps that is a reason why people here appreciate exquisiteness, as snow definitely is.

Mirjana Lubarda

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dzolomari.1There is an unusual event of welcoming a New Year in Macedonian village Begniste (Бегниште­) on every January 14th. A sense of pagan times revives, and if you happen to be there you will see people with beards made of goat hair, dressed in strange clothing belted with heavy bells. One man is always dressed in white and he represents a New Year, while there is also another one dressed in black that represents a year that is behind. This living pagan ritual called jolomary (џоломари) is not very well known, but is extremely interesting to see. So on January 14th, village Begniste is where I like to be. If you speak Macedonian you can read more about jolomary here.

        – Aleksandar Elenin

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bojana.petrovaradin.1I don’t know what view is more appealing to my heart. When I am on the fort and look down on the Danube or the other way around. Petrovaradin fortress is a brick construction, built for military purposes in XVIII c. Fortification is covering surprisingly wide area, but a lot of it is not recognizable since a big part of it is made of underground tunnels and magazines

Nowadays Petrovaradin is one of the favorite places of Novi Sad citizens. I am one of them; in fact I have always liked it so much that I've chosen to live in Suburbium, the Lower Town of Petrovaradin Fortress. Even the cold weather, snow, wind and frozen Danube are not stopping me to explore it and enjoy in it.

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Even though Novi Sad and Petrovaradin are so close to one another, do not be mistaken to think it is the same town. Petrovaradin is older and has more vivid history. Novi Sad started as a trench of Petrovaradin fort. A proud inhabitant of Petrovaradin will emphasize its own roots and how atmosphere in Petrovaradin will always be different from the one in Novi Sad.

Bojana Karavidic

 

 

 

gjiro.elena.mamani.4A place of wonder it is, the town that I live and work in. And I am not the only one with a unique strong feeling for Gjirokastra. There has not been a single visitor in Gjiro that I have met without vivacious impression. But only few were lucky enough to witness a snow in Gjirokastra. Snow is magic by itself, and it always gives new dimension to everything. Of course to daily life too, traffic jams, lack of electricity and so on, but when I look through my office window and see the view, it all goes away. Time disappears and suddenly, Gjirokastra is a main character from a fairy tale.

– Elena Mamani

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IMG 4310 HDR 1 1 resizeGrowing up I lived across the street from Kalemegdan Park, but I grew up in the fortress. It was the 1980s and large portions of the fortifications were neglected and overgrown with vegetation – the perfect setting for adventures. I met my three oldest friends exploring the underground chambers and peering into sarcophagi. Time has moved on. The fortress is better maintained these days, and adventures have given way to a more organized life. My knowledge and understanding of history has improved a lot too. Kalemegdan is still there, only these days it’s the place where I walk my dog and go running. But its ramparts and moats tickle my fantasy as much as they always have.

– Vuk Tosic

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They stand proudly on the sides of the hill, within the historical landscape of Gjirokastra, Albania. Residential mansions from end of 18th century. Heavy roofs are pressing the stone structures, while the afternoon sun warms the facades. Gjirokastra, a life within the stone and timber structures is slow, yet is speeding up with what it has to offer to local and international visitors.

– Lejla Hadzic

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