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When I first came to Serbia, the U.S. Embassy gave me a gift: a guidebook called "Serbia in Your Hands," published by Komshe. I didn't know that just one year later, I would be at a meeting with the Komshe team to talk about them publishing my own book "Snippets of Serbia." Komshe both introduced me to Serbia with their guidebooks and let me share my version of Serbia with the world!
Although I have been writing in Belgrade for quite some time, I am always happy to discover something new through Komshe’s unique travel guides. In the “Grumpy in Belgrade” series, I talk a lot about the odd clash of expectations and experiences that can happen to a foreigner living in Serbia. It is all in good fun (even if sometimes only in retrospect!) and shows a side of life in the White City that is not always recorded in the travelogues. With insights for a traveller as well as reflections for a resident, the two books give an ironic twist to my ongoing sojourn and, hopefully, a smile for the reader.
My well thumbed copy of “Belgrade in Your Hands", a Komshe book, the very first book I bought on arrival from Australia, occupies pride of place on my shelf. My photography of "belgradestreets" began as a record of a very personal journey, one in which I discovered much about a wonderful city, its people, and myself. To my joy, and total surprise, my work attracted the attention of the team at Komshe. The day we sat down together to celebrate its publication remains a day I will never forget.