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In 1986, my husband and I visited Montenegro on our honeymoon. We could not have picked a better spot for our first trip after we took our wedding vows. Montenegro had everything we wanted in a destination: a rich history, beautiful scenery, and welcoming, generous people.
Montenegro was particularly exciting to visit because my husband's family emigrated to the US from this country in the early 1900s.
The seaside village of Kamenari is located between Herceg Novi and Kotor. Kamenari is small enought that all the residents know each other.
Through Olga, we learned so much about what it was like to live in what was then Yugoslavia. Once again, we were treated to extreme generosity. We were given an abundance of food, wine, and slivovitz - far more than any unannounced visitor would ever expect in America.
Happily, we have kept in contact with Olga over the years. We have exchanged letters and emails over the past 18 years and have shared the events of our lives. We had two children.
In summer 2004, we made plans to reunite with our Novi Sad and Kamenari cousins when we return to Montenegro, and the next generation will get to meet each other face to face for the first time.
We did it! We made it back to Montenegro with our children this summer. This trip was one we have wanted to take for a long time, but because of unrest in former Yugoslavia, we have had to postpone the trip until the situation stablized.
In July 2004, we found Montenegro to be extremely calm and peaceful, although many Montenegrins are stuggling economically. Most of our time in the country was spent with Olga and Sanja and their families. Like my husband and me, our cousins each have two children now.
What was exceptionally delightful was watching the 6 children play together. They ranged in age from 8 to 15. My children do not speak Serbian, but that did not create any issues at all to the children. The children showed us how, with a little bit of creativity and fun, the language barrier can truly be broken. They played games endlessly and were a great source of entertainment to the adults.
As we sailed away from the Montenegrin coastline on the ferry to Italy, my daughter (lower right in the picture), who is half Serbian by blood, remarked, "In Montenegro, I felt as if I had come home."
- Pros:Stunningly beautiful countryside and views of the Adriatic Sea
- Cons:Petrifying roads, they require nerves of steel
- In a nutshell:A small country with a rich, romantic history
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