The Countdown

In four short weeks I will be departing for a 9 month long adventure in Niš, Serbia. I often reflect on how I got to this place…

In 2013, I remember chatting with my roommate in Budapest about the Fulbright. I had been in search of a way to return to the Balkans and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. After a year of pondering what country I would apply to, I chose Serbia. I have been to Serbia once before, for two weeks in 2012. On this trip I was predominately in Belgrade meeting with government officials and different NGOs. I left Serbia inspired to learn more about the Balkan peninsula and with an insatiable want to return. However, this time around I wanted the opportunity to immerse myself into Serbian culture and get to know the people of Serbia. What better way than by assistant teaching at a university?

So now, here I am. Four weeks out and eager to arrive in Serbia and to start my Fulbright adventure. I don’t know exactly what to expect, perhaps though it is best to have less expectations than more. Prior to writing this blog post, I looked back on some of my journal entires…on almost every page there is some mention of Fulbright and Serbia. [Thank you to all of the friends, family and co-workers who put up with my more than constant talk of Fulbright and Serbia – although I can’t promise that it’s over!] Now that I have gotten here, I can’t help but think that I am exactly where I am meant to be.

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