No not me. I mean, not yet. But I`ve heard some stories about my fellow citizen who went over the pond during 70s, 80s and 90s and settled there, in USA and Canada.
People in general start to feel homesick after some time, after all excitement about living in another continent has gone. To ease that, some of them do weird things. I`ve heard a story about an old man who brought entire device for making alcohol drinks (rakija). Of course, he is not permitted by law to sell it but he is making it for his family and friends. And he is doing it for years now.

Some of them went a step further. One of my friends wanted desperately to have sarma for lunch, time after time. Traditional Serbian (or Balkan) sarma is made of minced meat, rice and sour cabbage leaves (sauerkraut) To achieve that, he has bought a blue plastic barrel, the one that is usual for storing a garbage in Vancouver. Since his landlord didn`t give him permission to keep it in cellar, he put it in backyard. He also went to Capilano river and dug out a piece of rock to put it on top of cabbage in that barrel. He was taking a really good care of it, changing water when it was needed (if you are interested you can find entire process here – it is in Serbian but you will get a general idea; and no, we are usually not using electric drill to remove that root :doh: ) and when it was just about to be ready, someone, thinking it was a real garbage barrel (probably because of smell), dropped some bones that were left over after someone`s lunch. My friend was furious. I will not go into details :left:

Another interesting story about sour cabbage. One man from Belgrade tried to smuggle it in his hand luggage, he packed leaves in welded plastic bags, few of them, in order to prevent smell from going out. Unfortunately, he was suspicious to customs officer at Vancouver airport. A conversation was something like this:
– Sir, what is in those plastic bags?
– It is some ingredient for a traditional Serbian dish.
– Would you please open it.
– No, it won`t be a smart idea.
– Please sir, open it.
– We better don`t…
They better didn`t. He said they almost called special service to remove biohazard materials and wanted to arrest him. Who ever had the opportunity to smell sour cabbage leaves, knows what I am talking about :left:

But the top of the list, according to my opinion, is holding a man from New York who emigrated during 70s. I was not told a firsthand story so parts of it are unknown but it goes something like this. He was working about 20 years in USA, tried to settle and make some money to make a decent living. Years were gone and finaly he was able to invite some of his family members to come and visit him. As it is usual, he wanted to make a traditional Serbian lunch to show his family he didn`t forget his homeland. But there was a problem: it is impossible to buy entire porkling in a shop. Being innovative and nimble, he went to a nearest pet shop and bought alive piggy, brought it home, killed it on his balcony, washed blood and let it dry a bit, hanging on some rope. Unfortunately, someone was walking near the building, saw blood on the pavement, looked up and saw piggy hanging on. I don`t know what that person thought but soon a place was flooded with police, SWAT, helicopters…. They were all arrested and had a lot of trouble explaining they were not a sect, cult or something worse. They were fined, of course and soon everyone tried to forget entire episode.
Except people from pet shop.
Few months later, that man received a letter from people in pet shop, they were asking how is piggy doing…. :left: :insane:

I hope I did not spoil a general picture you, my readers, are having about people from Balkan. Homesickness is not easy to bear with. People are ready to do the craziest things you can ever imagine. Knowing all this, I was thinking what "form" of homesickness I will have :sherlock:
Canada, be prepared.
I am coming.

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81 Responses to Homesickness

  1. ayayay1rancho says:

    This was such a great read, and yes homesickness really does happen to all of us at one point or another. Traditions must be kept no matter the consequence sometimes lol..thx for such a great piece made my day!:up:

  2. sanshan says:

    omg, he's goingk to learn how to play the tuba.:no:

  3. BryanCox says:

    If something starts to smell bad, I will know who to blame…..

  4. LorenzoCelsi says:


  5. gdare says:

    Cenaida, thanks and welcome to my blog :cheers:Lorenzo ;)Bryan, now how did you come to that? :whistle:San :devil:

  6. sanshan says:

    But it will strengthen your embouchure. It's a good thing. :p

  7. raniakasim says:

    well it is better for me to tell my brother and my sister not to try Alkiba in French or Germany πŸ˜†

  8. qlue says:

    πŸ˜† . Be prepared San, be prepared! :lol::devil::p .

  9. Spaggyj says:

    Great story, Dark. Don't worry too much, I think it won't be too long before Canada is truly home to you.

  10. sanshan says:

    I think he will miss his Serbian corn flakes more than anything. :yuck:

  11. canadagirl says:

    Hey Darko, don't worry about that, there are plenty of farms here in Ontario where you can buy your piggy :chef: I'm pretty sure you can find it in Vancouver too, just go to Serbian Caffe and ask πŸ˜€

  12. Cois says:

    :p poor Miss Piggy.. :insane:

  13. gdare says:

    Rania, what is Alkiba? Or I don`t want to know… :left:Aadil :DKimmie, I know, I am adaptable to new places and people :yes:Canadagirl, now you made me think how to put a piggy to the airplane from Ontario to BC :devil:San, don`t worry I will bring a lot of them with me :devil:

  14. gdare says:

    And Kermit, too :chef:

  15. gdare says:

    I am not sure yet. But I will post it when it happens πŸ˜€

  16. Cois says:

    :insane: so how you gonna fight homesickness then?

  17. sanshan says:

    There will be no fighting homesickness, only dancing and rakija!

  18. gdare says:

    πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  19. studio41 says:

    " Being innovative and nimble, he went to a nearest pet shop and bought alive piggy, brought it home, killed it " :eyes: I wish I had my french horn from elementary school as I would ship it to you both as a wedding gift πŸ˜€

  20. gdare says:

    Jill, thanks, me and San could make a small brass orchestra πŸ˜†

  21. sanshan says:

    I played french horn too!

  22. gdare says:

    Ed, there is a lot of reason in your comment and I can`t argue with that – I know I should listen to you.Unfortunately, I think that homesickness has nothing to do with reasonable mind – "no one can make those dishes the same way as they do at homeland":P

  23. edwardpiercy says:

    traditional Serbian lunch

    I really don't like my lunch staring back at me. Freeks me out. :pOr you could go out and eat. Or maybe this place, which has Ukranian cabbage rolls. That way you could have your cabbage without having to put on a biohazard suit. πŸ™‚

  24. MirabelaTM says:

    Funny stories πŸ˜†

  25. edwardpiercy says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    "no one can make those dishes the same way as they do at homeland"

    Good point. In any case I will be able to send you that package that I've been wanting to send. It will be easy to send it to Canada.

  26. sanshan says:

    Originally posted by edwardpiercy:

    In any case I will be able to send you that package that I've been wanting to send.

    No pigs! :no:

  27. edwardpiercy says:

    It does not involve pigs or cabbage. I swear. :no:

  28. gdare says:

    Mira, thanks :DSan and Ed πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  29. L2D2 says:

    Just so long as you don't go berserk with a sword in your hand!BTW, here in Texas we have auction barns where you can go and bid on any kind of livestock, from cattle to horses to pigs, GOATS, chickens…any animal that can be found on a farm. And pigs are usually pretty inexpensive. So are goats

  30. L2D2 says:

    Well, my ex and a friend of his bought a goat with a bad leg at the auction barn years ago. They intended to have the goat for a barbecue. I changed their minds. It became my pet. You can do whatever you please with the animals after you buy them. :happy:

  31. sanshan says:

    There will be no eating of goats in this relationship. :knight:

  32. gdare says:

    Linda, I guess it is like that in parts of USA outside big cities. Or anywhere in the world. In Serbia it is possible to go to butchery shop and buy entire piggy, ready to be cooked :chef:San, how can anyone eat something cute like this

  33. edwardpiercy says:

    Originally posted by sanshan:

    There will be no eating of goats in this relationship.

    But I assume it's okay to milk the goats, yeah?:D

  34. spooksister says:

    Smelly food in apartment = probable homelessness πŸ˜₯

  35. gdare says:

    πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  36. studio41 says:

    Originally posted by sanshan:

    No pigs!

    πŸ˜† What is the first meal/menu you will share? Traditional Serbian or San's specialty…? Who will cook?

  37. Zulia says:

    Hahaha great post Darko! Interesting! Hm, so if anyone ate the cabbage, does his fart smells d same too?

  38. sanshan says:

    …or we could stop by that Chinese noodle place. mmmmm :chef:

  39. sanshan says:

    ….actually, he requested Salmon and blueberry pie. I'm sure we will toast the meal with rakija. :cheers:

  40. gdare says:

    Jill, we will see. I am ariving at 13:20 so it will be either something San will make or something we will make together. I will let you know ;)Zulia, your user name confused me :doh: As for your question, well, there is certain similarity to both… scents πŸ˜›

  41. sanshan says:

    There will be no cabbage. His mom made that the day before. He'll be in Canada now. He'll have to eat seal eyeballs, whale blubber and pine cones with maple syrup.

  42. Zulia says:

    Hmm, Canadian food looks good too!Sorry for the confusion Dare, its my cats name! LoL!

  43. gdare says:

    I hope that bottle of rakija in my bag will survive, 20 minutes ago I've seen how they handled bags from the plane I arived with from Budapest :faint: I deliberately looked the other side :irked:Seal eyeballs and pine cones… sounds promising :faint:

  44. sanshan says:

    Hey! You used to be a baggage handler , you know how it goes!

  45. Furie says:

    So you Serbians have a reputation as being mistaken for murdering terrorists who eat garbage abroad eh? πŸ˜‰ I think that explains a lot of movies I've been seeing. :pI can see people getting into new hobbies in order to bring themselves closer to their homeland. It makes perfect sense. As you're in Canada you could keep an eye out for American tourists and dress up like Borat to see how many of them you can convince that is an accurate representation of Europe. No?I had sarma years ago and loved it, but never found out the name. Now I know I'll look up some recipes and see what I can create.

  46. rose-marie says:

    Ah yes. Ex pats have a way of doing some weird stuff when homesickness gets the upper hand, but nothing some rakija and szΓ‘rma can't cure, I'm sure :cheers:

  47. edwardpiercy says:

    I will have a drink to celebrate your reunion this afternoon. Course I probably would have had that anyway.:cheers:

  48. raniakasim says:

    what is Alkiba? Or I don`t want to know… let me see !What if the management of the site canceled my account πŸ˜€ well , i will send a post a bout it , cause this dish is really deserve

  49. studio41 says:

    Originally posted by sanshan:

    Salmon and blueberry pie

    Canadians eat just like Americans πŸ˜€ have a great first meal together!

  50. gdare says:

    Mik, it is interesting you've mentioned movies with bad Serbs. As far as I could remembre, in ast it all started with bad Chinese, Koreans and Vietnamese, then it was bad Columbians and Panamans, Mexicans, etc. Now I think Serbs share that privilege with bad Arabians. Recently, I was reading an article about bad Serbs in movies. The worse one is probably Sniper 2 where all Serbs are speaking Hungarian πŸ˜† πŸ˜† :lol:San, I guess it feels different when your bags are kicked around :left: :cry:Rose, I knew you would know about szΓ‘rma ;)Ed, having a drink never needs the excuse :cheers:Rania, ok I am waiting :sherlock:Jil, it was salmon, rice and mixed vegetables salad. Yum :chef:

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