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Dec 4, 2014 - Getting to Felix Romuliana

My next major goal is visiting the UNESCO site called Felix Romuliana. This was a huge palace that was built in the 3rd Century AD for the roman emperor Galerius. The emperor chose to build his palace in the area where he was born (and where he intended to die). Since he was born in an obscure village in Serbia, this meant it was nowhere near anything else at the time and is nowhere near any major city today. That makes getting there rather difficult. Today's goal was to get to Zaječar (pronounced "Zie-shar"), which is the only nearby city....

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Dec 3, 2014 - A tourist in Niš

Last night I arrived in Niš (pronounced "Neech") on a train from Beograd (Belgrade). Today, I wandered the streets of Niš, learning about it's long history. I had never heard of Niš before this trip. The only tourist sights within walking distance of my hotel are the pedestrian-only downtown, the fortress and a museum. The only photo from today that needs any explanation is the gas station. Notice that the lowest gas price is 142.40. Is that expensive? Let's do the math. One Serbian Dinar is currently 0.01012 US Dollars, which means 142.40...

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Dec 2, 2014 - Nikola Tesla and traveling to Niš

Nikola Tesla is probably the greatest inventor that you've never heard of. My first adventure today was visit the museum honoring him. Whether you know about Nikola or not, his inventing have directly influenced your life. His work on Alternating Current (AC) was the basis for building the world's first hydroelectric plant at Niagara Falls and the reason why every outlet in your home uses AC. The biggest reason you might not know him was his battle with Edison. Although Nikola worked for Edison for many years, they had a major falling out...

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Jul 13, 2011 - 7 Days on Goć Mountain

There’s not possible way to encapsulate my first week on the mountain in a short entry, but I’ll try to give you some of the most vivid elements of what has been an intense, enriching experience to date. The Producer of the Kraljevo City Theatre hired me to work with conservatory actors from Serbia’s three top acting academies over 11 days to create an original performance, to take place somewhere on the mountain near the hotel and complex. Slavko and I have known each other since 2006, when he was one of my actors in BoxWhatBox: I DREAM,...

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EurAfrica 2011

Mar 17, 2009 - Caution: These photos may be disturbing to some viewers

3/17/09 Because Serbia does not recognize Kosovo as a foreign country, we needed to cross from Macedonia into Serbia before going into Kosovo. In fact, we met one traveler who attempted to go from Albania into Kosovo and then into Serbia. He was dragged off the bus and told to “F—off” by a Serbian border guard. Good thing we didn’t try that! We dutifully went out of our way to travel from Skopje to Nis, Serbia. It was the right decision. Nis, Serbia hits home the idea that Serbia has suffered at the hands of others. Its two major cultural...

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Jun 14, 2008 - Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Unlike the movie my trip actually went very smoothly. I left Friday morning in Arizona and finally arrived in Nis Saturday evening. My stops were in Atlanta and then Vienna. I was able to sit next to normal people on the planes which was definitely a good thing for a 10 hour flight, even though I did sleep for a few hours. They even played good movies like Fool’s Gold and The Bucket List. P.s. The latter is now one of my favorite movies. When I arrived in Vienna it was so strange to hear everyone talking another language. I even once had to...

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May 27, 2007 - Quixote vs Cyrano in Nis

A week can be a long time when your life accelerates; case in point, my life, this week. I'm in Nis (pro. "Neesh", southern slavic for "I shrug my shoulders at you"). After my lightning raid on Belgrade I arrived with my Tommy Hilfiger shirts on Tuesday in Serbia's second city. I hustled over to the theatre before they could all escape and pretend it was a fantasy, and hooked up with Elva. She took me to the flat they have leased for me at the edge of the city centre. It's really unfair. Elva is almost unrealistically beautiful, in a...

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Oct 31, 2006 - Still Crazy After All These Days

Folks, I'm doing the Limbo. I left Prishtina without seeing my show, which opened the day after I departed. No word from Jeton yet on how it went, but the "general" (i.e. dress rehearsal) was visually spectacular. Thank you, Lord, for the invention of the smoke machine. Within the day I was discovering my theatre keys were still in my pocket. Mailed them from Budapest. Don't know if they got there, yet - they're in limbo, too. Two and a half days in Buda and Pest with my excellent friends Sebastien and Jason, then we wedged Sebastien onto...

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Jun 11, 2006 - Theatre of the Theatre in Nis

Rain and Nis go together like...like cars and splattered pedestrians. And yes, that was autobiographical. I'm staying in the tiny flat inside the State Theatre here, which is always a really interesting experience. First of all, the porter gets to know everything about you. What's in that bag you're taking back to your room, whether you have company, what you look like in the morning when you straggle out the front door (hey, you ain't no blooming rose neither, pal). Then there's the path to the flat, which is on the top floor, at one...

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Jun 4, 2006 - Doing the Nis

Two half days and one full day in Serbia's number 3, teeming with crowds on the pedestrian-only streets downtown, sunshine glancing off the Nisava River and the ever smiling reception staff watching the dinars mount as my stay at the Regency Club extends into the troubled domain of late night mini-bar raids... The first leg of this corpus (OK, I'll stop with the body metaphor right there) has decidedly exceeded expectations. A meeting at the theatre yesterday to discuss a project proposal turned up no less than seven theatre staff,...

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