|No, this is not our car!|
On Friday we felt brave and got on a bus to travel to Novi Beograd to meet with a member. We knew we had to get on #74, but didn't know how to pay. We were told by a local that we could pay on the bus, but the driver didn't understand us or was too preoccupied to care . We felt bad that we didn't pay, so we made sure to find out what we needed to do for future rides. We had lunch with the District Relief Society President and afterwards, she helped us with some things. She took us to a VIP store and helped me get my phone working in Serbia. and she also helped us get bus passes. It's a great system where you get a card and add money to your account as you need it. So we are set to go! We will also have to go to the MUP (police) to apply for a visa. There are many legalities that have to be done when missionaries move from place to place. The nice thing for us senior missionaries is that we don't move as often as the young missionaries.
On Saturday we drove to Čačak to meet up with Elder King and Elder Frandsen. Čačak is a dependant Church group and we were able to see the new building that is being rented. The Petersons, Ostergaards, and many other missionaries have worked hard to prepare it in the past several months. There were numerous work parties that cleaned and painted the inside. It is looking great and just needs some finishing touches like pictures, curtains, tables, etc... The Elders live in a small apartment which is on the same property as the church. We took them to lunch at a local restaurant. It was a buffet type place and we were surprised to see sarma as one of the choices. Sarma is a local dish that is usually made at home and not found in stores or restaurants. It is made from pickled cabbage leaves and is filled with a rice/meat mixture and gravy, and is served with potatoes. It is very good. Another local dish they had was stuffed peppers. After lunch we took a drive out to see the Zarić's. They live about 15 minutes out of town and have a country home with some fruit trees, goats, a dog, chickens, and a cat. Sister Zarić offered us juice from their quince tree. A quince is a lumpy and misshapen fruit similar to a pear but is inedible until cooked. Once it is cut up, and simmered with a little sugar, it turns pink and becomes a delectable and sweet treat. We visited with this strong and amazing family who have been members of the church for three years. We are looking forward to returning soon to visit with our new friends.
|Brick pizza oven|
|Ivana and our happy cook!|
Word of the week: voće (vo che) which means fruit