Spaniards are less judgmental of others, but Serbs are more open to new acquaintances – the Society

Nadja Vujacic’s life was turbulent even before she left for Spain: in addition to Serbia, she also lived in the United States, Romania and Montenegro. The last experience of this type was an Erasmus volunteer program that took her to the north of Spain for a year.

As Nadja says, each of these experiences, whether I like it or not, broadens my horizons and changes my mentality. It was on her return from the Erasmus program that she realized that she no longer wanted to lead the way of life she had led until then.

“Of course, my desire to return to Spain was strengthened by the reason I was with my current fiancé, whom I met while I was volunteering,” adds Nadja.

Just before the end of the volunteer program, she applied for a job at the gym in the city where she volunteered, where she was accepted.

“After more than half a year in the process of arranging the paperwork and obtaining a visa, I returned to Spain and started a new stage in my life,” says Nadja.

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According to her, life in Spain is not much different in relation to Serbia, but there are certainly differences.

As he says, people in Spain are much calmer, they don’t care about other people’s lives, they don’t judge.

“On the other hand, I notice that we Serbs are much closer, more open to meeting and accepting new people in society, more cultured for some basic things we learn at home, such as getting to know each other, keeping our hands on our mouths while yawning, persuading. These are things that surprised me a lot because they are not done here “, our interlocutor points out.

She says that having a Spaniard boyfriend made my integration into society much easier, as well as the fact that she spoke the language.

“Otherwise, I think it would be very difficult for me to make some acquaintances, considering that there are very few of us here in the north of Spain, and the people here are quite cold. “Quite the opposite of the south, which people always imagine when they think of Spain,” says Nadja.

“I go to Serbia once or twice a year and I am always extremely happy when I come home and when I spend time with my family and friends. And while I’m here in Spain, I always mention nice things about my country, however, when I spend some time there, even just a week, I start to notice many things again that have bothered me before. Of course, nowhere is it perfect, but I think that Serbia still has a long way to go so that people are really satisfied with living conditions “, says Nadja, adding that the mentality of our people is quite closed and we, as a nation, are constantly stubborn – to everyone and everything .

According to her, when she comes to Serbia, she notices that a large number of people are quite dissatisfied, indignant, and even uncultured, and they know how to curse for every little thing.

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“I don’t think we should all walk down the street with a smile on our face, but to respect some basic social norms, it shouldn’t be so difficult,” Nadja explains.

He says that he believes that each of us chooses how he will live, regardless of where he is, and that everyone has full responsibility for their life. Therefore, he does not want to blame the president, politics or anything else for the situation of many young people in our country, but states the simple quality of life, air, food and water as some of the main reasons why I am glad that he is not in Serbia.

“I live in the ocean in Spain and the quality of food, water and air is incomparable and I am immensely grateful for that,” says Nadja.

She does not know whether she will return to Serbia, but she says that it is not in the plan for now, considering that both her fiancé and she have a job in Spain and are planning to start a family.

However, as she points out, if someone had told her three years ago that she would live there and have everything she has now, she would not have believed him, and her door always remains open for any country in the world, not only for Serbia.

“What Spain offers me in relation to Serbia is much more peace, security, financial stability and freedom. Better quality of life “, said Nadja.

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However, precisely because of the completely different mentality of people in Serbia and Spain, she explains that it is often very difficult for her to make better acquaintances with people from the place where she lives, because people are quite closed, and it is understood that she misses friends and family the most.

However, he does not follow the news from Serbia, nor the news from Spain.

“If something is important, I find out through someone or through social networks, but I don’t want to spend time and energy on mostly negative content,” explains Nadja.

Also, people in her environment are not overly familiar with the events in Serbia.

“They know approximately where Serbia is, possibly when it beat the Spanish team in a sport, and that would be all,” Nadja states with a smile.

According to her, there are not many people from our area around her.

“Since I live in a small region in Spain, I only know one of our girls with whom I have a great relationship and I am very happy to hang out with her when we have time,” Nadja is honest.

When it comes to her career, she says that she has always aspired to work in the profession, because she loves her job very much.

“Considering that I am a graduate of Difovac, I am currently working as a personal trainer, in the gym, and here really, I don’t know if I was lucky or it is simply not so difficult to get a job in this field. In addition to working in the gym, I am also working on creating an online training program so that I can work with all old and even new clients from Serbia, which I am especially looking forward to, “says our interlocutor.

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The quality of her life, as she states, has improved immensely and she has the opportunity to earn nicely, save, afford things she could not in Serbia, to go on a mini trip to Portugal on weekends if that is what she wants.

“People here have a much greater awareness of the importance of physical exercise, so we often organize ourselves to go hiking, swimming, horseback riding or any other sports activity. I fully enjoy it “, points out Nadja, adding that despite the beautiful life in Spain from Serbia, she lacks family and friendly gatherings, celebrations and socializing, because, as she says, those things are not practiced as much in Spain as in Serbia.

Also, through laughter, he states that respect for private space is different.

“The Spaniards, in addition to kissing you twice when they meet you, while they are talking to you, stand an inch away from your face, and that can be quite uncomfortable for someone who is not used to something like that,” he explains.


Source: Dnevni list Danas by www.danas.rs.

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