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[teacherartexchange] Ethno Tour through Serbia


Date: Sat Jul 07 2007 - 14:35:24 PDT

Dear ArtsEdNet folks,

After traveling through Serbia on an ethno-tour, I am now back in
Wisconsin. I have updated my blog and website to include my written
experiences as well as some of the photos taken. My parents came to visit
me, seeing part of the world to which they had never been. My father was
particularly interested in the farming techniques, as he had been a
farmer. Observing how farmers harvested wheat and hay, he said that the
farmers in the mountainous regions of Serbia in which we traveled farmed
much like his father had done 60 years ago. During the trip we stayed at
people's homes, eating lots of domestically grown food and meeting some
very special people. It really personalized the trip.

In addition to visiting farms, we also toured several fortresses and
monasteries. My favorite was St. George Church at Oplenac, whose interior
was covered with copies of frescoes from 60 different churches, containing
40 million mosaic tiles and over 15,000 different shades of colors. We
also went to Lepinski Vir, Neolithic site of the oldest known culture in

Just after school ended we went to Sirogojno, where I had the opening for
my art show at the Ethnographic Museum there. Once again we were treated
with true Serbian hospitality. The art show opening was accented by a
musician playing traditional shepherd's flutes. The show will continue
through the end of July.

You can read more about my trip at
Web pages can be found at
including Golubac, Oplenac, and Rural Serbia. I will be adding more of the
churches in the near future.

Melissa Enderle
Technology Coordinator
International School of Belgrade, Serbia

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