This past week, I returned to Serbia to pack what was left of my stuff at our Belgrade apartment and give the keys to the new tenants.
Bittersweet feelings indeed: Belgrade will always have a special place in my heart for the memories and home it has been for the past year
I was looking at my home office and the desk in front of the huge window where I had experienced this very surreal, Carrie Bradshaw moment last winter and tears came to my eyes. I walked around my neighborhood (now, my old neighborhood), got breakfast from my favorite bakery and took a tram ride around the city, trying to feel like a local one last time. Alex took me for a dinner date at our favorite restaurant in Beton Hala and, on the way back, we walked all the way through our beloved Kalemegdan <3 – a regular outing for us. The only thing missing was Kiara. (She is currently back home getting a tan by the pool. Poor her.)
On our way out of the flat, I looked at the empty closets and shelves and I just couldn’t digest the fact that this chapter was over.
I know that we are leaving for the better; I know that bigger and better things await for us in Greece and I have no regrets with our decision. It is just that I wish we had more time there. I loved our apartment. I also adored the city. But life is full of surprises and twists and turns and everything happens for a reason. I feel blessed to call Belgrade and Serbia in general my second home. I feel blessed for the time I have spent there, no matter how short.
I hope that one day I can build a life where I will be able to spend my days in between all the cities of my heart: Athens, Belgrade and maybe London! How cool would that be?
They say, “If you can dream it, you can do it”. Time will show whether that’s true! For now, goodbye Belgrade, you’ve been my favorite home away from home.
Forever in my heart,