Friday Fun: Blonde Again at the Belgrade Book Fair

The last week of October is the week of the Belgrade Book Fair, and this year, I’ve changed my hair color mid-fair.

In other words, I went from this…

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…to this:

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There were some other fun photos, too:

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The book you see in my lap is the “notebook” of Gavrilo the Monk (it’s the same name as Gabriel), one of the main characters of the epic fantasy series Kosingas by Aleksandar Tešić. The “notebook” is not for sale, since it would be too expensive, but it’s definitely interesting and fun to look at the illustrations of the various mythological creatures that the monk encountered during his travels.

The fair itself was also fun, of course, and I bought a bunch of books; I’ll write a bit more about them the next time. This time, it’s all about the new blonde moment. 😀

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Friday Fun: Short Videos, Pictures, and Sea

It’s that time of the year, so I was in Croatia for the last 10 days. As you can see, the weather wasn’t always nice (the videos are short, promise!)…

It's raining. If it wasn't obvious. #rain #weather #downpour #heavyrain

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Still raining… #rain #heavyrain #downpour #weather #croatia #omišalj

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A day later, it was raining again…

Here we go again… Rain, go away! #rain #weather #rainatseaside #heavyrain #downpour #raingoaway

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But, there was fun, too:

The remains of the toy ✌😁#dog #dogplaying #dogvideo #cutedog #dogsofinstagram #dogstagram

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Of course, it’s always nice to look at the sea:

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And it’s not just the sea that’s nice:

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Oh, and Šaki says Hi!

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It was great to spend some time with my family, too, and no rain could ruin that.

If you wish, there are more photos here, and now it’s back to work (well, in a few days), and back to the ordinary life, if there’s such a thing.

Japanizam!

Over a month ago (I know, I know, it takes me forever to post, and I really should post more often), it was Japanizam time.

Japanizam is a pop culture convention in Belgrade that was held, for the first time, 10 years ago (has it been 10 years already?), and, while it started as a Japanese pop culture convention, it has grown quite a bit, and now it encompasses pretty much everything and anything that’s related to numerous fandoms and popular culture phenomenons. A lot of it is still related to manga, anime, and Japan in general, but cosplayers wore whatever they wanted (think Cersei, Littlefinger, Joker, Harley Quinn, Negan…), and there were panels related to interesting non-Japanese things, too.

And there was a surprise, as well: since most of the visitors are young, the organizers thought that only a small number of them would be interested in an academic lecture of sorts (about anime and psychoanalysis). As it turned out, there wasn’t enough room for everyone: after everyone grabbed a chair, people were standing wherever they could, sitting on the floor, sitting behind and around the lecturer… And everyone had a great time. Like here:

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Or here:

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And was the convention fun? Sure it was: panels, awesome cosplayers talking about their work, history, mythology, games, performers… The pictures and the video (the performance was inspired by Ghost in the Shell) show only a part of it, but hopefully enough to get an idea of the fun everyone had.

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