SAYING GOODBYE TO BELGRADE – ONE OF THE HARDEST THINGS I’VE DONE

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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

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.
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Forever in my heart,

Niki.

 

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