And the adventure begins.

These two have been best friends since grade 4.

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This is Arek’s third visit since we left Canada. We’ve traveled through Poland, Ukraine, Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania together.

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We finally got to meet his awesome girlfriend, Irina!

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Kelly (handsome man in the blue shirt) rented a fancy apartment for us in Belgrade for two nights. Here we are waiting for the keys while enjoying a fresh Serbian beer.

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It so happens that the weekend we came to Serbia fell on the same weekend as their annual war parade. We saw several jets (extremely exciting for the guys), took pictures of tanks and soldiers, and witnessed hundreds of army guys parachuting out of a plane in perfect formation. I hear that we missed special guest Vladimir Putin by a day.

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Click on the truck picture for more military photos.

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Though all restaurants in Serbia offer Bulgaria’s famous Shopska salad, the country is very different from Bulgaria. People here are tall, I mean 7 feet tall +, skinny, very well dressed and lighter skinned.

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I found the only bar in Belgrade with 1 euro beers on tap. Side note: Serbia serves 400ml draft beers, not 500ml…weird.

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Google translate:

Dad I love you but I still do not know to say it

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October 12th and it’s 30 degrees outside.

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Serbian food = grilled meats. Bacon, sausages, chicken, pork, breaded meats, livers wrapped in bacon, mushrooms, potatoes, rice, breads and butter on everything. I happily gained 10 lbs. that day.

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This man makes me very very happy!

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