10 hours ago
After doing a lot more writing last night, I feel very homesick.
I miss those hills & my favourite river Pliva, in which I used to swim in for ages, until I practically looked as blue as a wild Smurfette! I’d come out of it shivering so much that it was a struggle to speak without smashing my teeth against each other. 😂
I had so much fun in the river. We’d look for whirlpools to swim in, as the temperature would have been marginally warmer in their life trapping spinning waters. Jesus, what were our parents thinking, letting us out loose, like some feral critters?! I’m definitely a hybrid of a helicopter & a tiger mother. My son fell into the same river when he was eight, up to his knees, and I swiftly sent him off to get changed because “he would freeze to death & his bits would fall off”. 😂
I’d steal my father’s lorry inner tubes, we’d blow them up and float down the river. If I got caught, then I’d blame my brother that he did it; he was younger than me & very well behaved, of course I didn’t do it! But I was too proud to admit it. Serbs are stubborn, just in case you meet one.
I miss those days so much. I miss my crazy, loud, loving, loud, giving, loud, caring family. I miss laughing so hard that all the muscles in my head hurt! I never laugh as much as I do with my mum, my family & our lovely neighbour Milka, who cries a river as soon as she starts laughing.
If you haven’t visited the Balkans, Republika Srpska, Bosnia, Serbia & Croatia; trust me, you are missing out on the warmest hospitality & the most stunning views.
Love my family so much. They are my indestructible foundation. My parents have a B&B right on the river. I have to say, I am always jealous of the guests who stay there. The views are stunning. *
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