|Hi Everyone, |
In 2006 I embarked upon a year of travelling in eastern Europe. I have chronicled my experiences and encounters during the first four months of this adventure in my new book:
‘A Different Lifetime: stepping back in time in the former Yugoslavia.’
My book is all about my living and working for four months in Vojvodina – a small and largely unknown and unexplored province of what was once Yugoslavia.
I use the phrase “stepping back in time” because I literally found myself being absorbed into a culture and lifestyle that might seem to belong more to the early part of the twentieth century rather than to the beginning of the twenty-first. There were few cars, no large chain stores or fast-food outlets, just the old style grocers, bakers, greengrocers, and cafés. And I was amazed to find that many of these small shops and businesses still received their deliveries by horse and cart.
I was living in a community that was so small that complete strangers would know who I was and exactly what my purpose in the community was – to teach English. An extraordinary level of honesty prevailed everywhere that would seem unheard of in the west, and people were always amazed to find that I should find it necessary to lock my door.
And so against this background, my book unravels my adventures in Vojvodina, the friends I made, my experience of teaching English, and my attempts to explore the local area.
Please feel welcome to read a chapter of my book free at any of the following locations: