The place that surprised me negatively was definitely America. From such a rich country you expect better. But America is only rich in material way, not in a cultural nor spiritual way. When you are from Europe like me, you just can’t live without old beautiful historical buildings, statues and churches, full with architectural details. You also can’t live with that bohemian spirit on the streets. In the end, you can’t live without tasty domestic natural food, milk and wine. In America houses and buildings are without any taste and style, streets don’t have much life, and the food is plastic, artificial with no taste at all. But after you accept this, you can see advantages that this country has too, and in the end you kind of like it.
The place that surprised me positively...well, this will sound funny, but actually that’s my own country, Serbia. Because I was trying all my life to escape, and I was running away from my own country, I realised in the end that Serbia is becoming more and more beautiful every time I go back. Every time I go I discover something new that I didn’t know, see, realise or I didn’t appreciate before! Even my village where I always felt like in cage, now feels magical. I was the happiest person in the world when I finally discovered what fairytales are hidden behind the hills of Serbia, and when I realised that actually I don’t have to go anywhere, because I am already there where I belong., I felt free. But this feeling didn’t last long, because soon I started craving for adventure to lose myself in something new and wild. And then I just continued to travel.