Anatomy of Serbian Diner

December 01, 2014  •  1 Comment
How do you define a happy moment?
What is the formula for saving something in your memory?
Do we need an actual photo to remember how good was the time we have with people we love?

And the Food?
Somehow in tradition of "my people", good times are usually associated with great food. Nothing unusual. This is common for most cultures anywhere in the world, so Balkan is no different...
This particular evening was one that came close to perfection. My immediate family (my loving wife and my 3 kids), my dad, his brother and my cousins with their families. Where? Vracar. Old part of downtown Belgrade, at the house of my Dad's aunt (long time desist) where my cousin and his family now live. When? July of 2014, when we went for a family trip back to Serbia. Why? Occasion to meet with people that we don't see that often since we live across the world in Canada.

This backyard has so much history. I remember coming to this place as a child, when I was younger than my youngest son is today. I remember my dad's aunt. I remember old cherry trees (now long gone), the smell of roasted lamb from the small kitchen... Now, it looks different yet the same. It looks beautiful and peaceful, this small house and backyard are now surrounded with high-rise condos and the street the house is on practically does not exists any more by being a hostage to all the parking lots. People who live here now love this place and it shows. Kids live here, dog too. It feels as a happy place.

When you don't see someone for a long time and then you have only a brief moment to "catch up" sometimes it might be awkward. Not this time. This time was so relaxed. Not because there was some great Tokay (white Hungarian wine). It really felt that all people present wanted to be there at that spot at that time and spend time with other who were present. We all know how family gatherings can be stressful sometimes. Not this time. There was no argument. There was no shouting (typical for "my people"). Just nice conversation. Lots of laughter. Children playing. Great warm evening. 

I hope for another meet like this next time I go to Belgrade. Three generations of my family at the same place. Great people. Good food. Plenty of wine. Full Heart...













































Captured in Belgrade, Serbia in July 2014, with one camera and one lens: Fujifilm X-pro1 + Fuji X 35mm/1.4
Processed in Lightroom with help of VSCO.

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2.FOTOGRAFIA INC.
Hi Bas,
thanks for kind words!
Starting point was "L-PX680" VSCO preset, and then I did my own "flair" to it...
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