Monthly Archives: February 2017

Second Friday’s art – the best party in Chicago

1. Oh Gallery

Interesting people, beautiful paintings, great atmosphere – Studio Oh 

If you wonder where and when are the best parties in Chicago the answer is easy: they are held every second Friday of the month from 6 pm to 10 pm in the Chicago Art District, centered around South Halsted and 18th Street. At that time , more than 20 galleries open their doors to the public and art fans.

3. Sculptor Erwin Overes, at his Studio Oh beside Japanese kimono made of glass, which he did with artist Dobrila Pintar

Sculptor Erwin Overes, at his ‘Studio Oh’ besideTeresa Hofheimer’s painting (right) and glass Japanese kimono (left) he did with artist Dobrila Pintar 

These Friday evening hours are always the most exciting time in this unique part of Chicago.

4. Oscar Luis Martinez

Visitors at Oscar Luis Martinez exhibition

These are the moments when everybody has an opportunity to meet artists, see their artwork, chat and get to know them, meet the gallery owners, make professional or friendly contacts, and spread their own professional network.


‘Walk the line’, Teresa Hofheimer

This is the time when the night life in this area comes together with vibrancy and creativity.


Experiment with jeans on the wall

Groups of people walking from gallery to gallery, happily chatting, laughing, getting to know each other, commenting on the exhibitions and exploring new galleries in that area. There is a lot of excitement, and the atmosphere is always great!


Emotional painting of old women who are pretending to have their own weddings. All of them were so called ‘comfort women’ who were forced into sexual slavery for Japanese soldiers during World War 2 

And speaking of nights full of action, the second Friday of October is the most exciting Friday for the entire year. This is when the Art District gathers the largest number of artist for the year and it is evident by the throngs of visitors. Although it seems that last October had fewer galleries than in previous years, there still were many art lovers dropping in the galleries in small and large groups.


Portrait of hidden healers


Palestinian gallery – one of the many galleries that have opened the door to numerous visitors


The best party in the city – Interesting people, conversation and art works 


Different forms of art expression

11. Workshop

One of many art studios at Art district in the Chicago Art District, South Loop Chicago

4. Vivid Palestinian gallery

Vivid, creative interior of a Palestinian gallery 


A lot of young people among visitors  

12. Designer and visitors - one of many galleries

Designer and visitors in a lively conversation

Milica Paranosic, composer: We’re all immigrants, we’re all people

~ Milica Puric ~

16. From video spot, photo credit by St. John

Insert from video spot ‘Nina’ (photo credit by Lara St. John)

New Yorker Milica Paranosic, originally from Belgrade, Serbia, is one of the most hardworking and appreciated composers in America. She graduated at the Music Academy in Belgrade as a composer, and after that she got her master’s degree at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York, where she now teaches the technology of music. Devoted to art, music and composing, Paranosic had a very successful concert at Carnegie Hall, the most prestigious concert stage in the United States, a few years ago. She is the founder of many art projects. One of them is a festival dedicated to the electronic music called “Beyond the Machine” at Juilliard. Also, a few years ago she started an even greater multimedia project — a musical center in Harlem called Paracademia in Harlem.

14. Milica Paranosic at Gallery MC, openign a Dance presentation. Photo by Gorazd Poposki

Milica Paranosic at Gallery MC, openign a Dance presentation (photo by Gorazd Poposki)

Milica Paranosic: “The idea of this project wasn’t made in an instant, it came slowly and organically throughout the years. I moved to Harlem 10 years ago, but a lot of time had to pass before that idea came fully to fruition and that Harlem become not only a place where I live, sleep, eat, compose music, but a place where I truly live. Plays, museums, performances, concerts, presentations, parties, restaurants, bars, clubs, yoga studios — I have all of that ‘around the corner’ in Harlem, and I finally started to feel that neighbor vibe like in Belgrade many years ago. Also, during many years I’ve been active on many fronts, and I finally realized that it’s time to bring all those activities ‘home’ and start making my music workshop.”

9. Make Music Harlem, summer 2015 (photo credit Meschida Philip)

Make Music Harlem, summer 2015 (photo credit  Meschida Philip)

And that’s Paracademia: a music and multimedia organization for production, education and collaboration, open for everyone who is interested. Since the year 2015, Paracademia started organizing the annual festival “Make Music Harlem” — a  big community fair that gathers musicians and artists. The 2016 festival, part of Make Music New York, was a huge success. It was made in the form of a block party with a four-hour music marathon featuring La Banda Ramirez, ShoutHouse, Bonnie Bowers, Johari Mayfield, Jennifer Rae, and the first-ever Paracademia Junior Collective joined by The Dream Team Dance collective. Also, live painting was created by Daaz Daaz.

1. Keve Wilson, Lynn Bechtold and Milica Paranosic (photo credit Meschida Philip)

‘Ladies First’ – Keve Wilson, Lynn Bechtold and Milica Paranosic  (photo credit Meschida Philip)

Milica Paranosic:  “In 2017, we are producing it in the same format and location but with different musicians (and) artists, including Harlem Chamber Players, Max Pollak, and Macedonian Jazz/World group ‘Leteci Pekinezeri’, which makes this festival an international one for the first time this year,” Paranosic said about the third festival, which will take place this year.

Beside founding and organizing an annual festival, Milica Paranosic and her friends Lynn Bechtold and Keve Wilson founded a new project, “Ladies First,” within production of “Paracademia.” This is a new concept for a concert series, a collective highlighting female artists in multiple genres. With the intention of women empowering other women through art, “Ladies First” is a celebration of local and global accomplishments. Recently they organized the project “We’re All Immigrants.”

11. Milica Paranosic at the festival Make Music Harlem, summer 2016 (photo credit - Bonnie Bowers

Milica Paranosic at the festival Make Music Harlem, summer 2016 (photo credit – Bonnie Bowers)

Urban Culture Tribe: Why did you call the project “We’re all immigrants,” and why is important for you to talk about immigrants?

Milica Paranosic: The irony of it is that being an immigrant in the states never meant a thing to me. I was always very comfortable in the mixed, diverse scenes and setting. New York is full of immigrants, it’s a big part of its charms and identity. In my 20-something years here, I was always surrounded by immigrants and Americans, and it never made any difference whatsoever how I would perceive the people, how I would value their friendships or their art.
Today, the immigration here is a hot issue, and you start to notice it more, and all of a sudden being an immigrant becomes more important to you, it becomes a part of your identity, it starts to define your expression, your socio-political and cultural decisions. Similar thing happened in Yugoslavia before I moved here: Until it became important on the political scene if one is a Serb or Croat, I never even new or paid attention to it. I never wanted to, and to this day it sounds unnatural to me to say I am from Serbia, or worse, I am from Former Yugoslavia. There’s nothing former about the country I grew up in, in my heart. By saying “We’re All Immigrants,” I am saying we’re all people. I feel that national(istic) divisions are (or should be) a thing of the past.

4. Full ensemble Ladies First (photo

 Full ensemble Ladies First (photo credit Robert Morton)

Urban Culture Tribe: It seems that you are always surrounded with many people. What do you find to be the most interesting thing in collaborating and working with them? 

Milica Paranosic: I’m born with a blessing and a curse that I simply CANNOT be bored. If I am not stimulated, surprised, challenged, I will lose interest and walk away in the middle of the project, situation, relationship. When you’re collaborating with others, they will constantly surprise you, compare their point of view with yours, interlace their arts’ languages and syntax with yours, and you are just always a bit on the edge, a bit in the ‘unknown’, a bit uncomfortable, but always learning. I like that, in my art and in my life, and cannot function well without it.

Urban Culture Tribe: You graduated from Belgrade Music Academy and got a master’s degree at Juilliard School in NYC. Unlike many of your colleagues who can be pretty untouchable, you perform outside, in the neighborhood, and directly interact with your audience. What motivated you to go out, to be among your neighbors and perform music for them? 

Milica Paranosic: I wish I can answer that. Nothing motivated me. It’s my natural need, I was always like that. I am a mingler, a party person, a people person. I am a monkey and a performer and often an entertainer, and I like close interaction with people. I don’t believe in art that is not meant to be shared. In my opinion, if it’s not shared, it doesn’t exist.

15. Milica's design (photo credit Milica Paranosic)

Milica’s unique design

Urban Culture Tribe: What is the future of your Paracedemia?

Milica Paranosic: This spring, we are starting a new series, “The Other Graduation.” It is designed for young musicians and  artist in order to encourage them to keep an open mind about the ways they can fulfill their careers and their dreams. Too often, the rigid academic education offers a limited, restricted view into the career options for artists. I see too many students whose dreams are shattered by a fact that they didn’t get an audition, or a job or a performance opportunity  their teacher or their mom thought was the “right” one for them. Or worse, “the only” one. In “The Other Graduation” series, I will introduce those young artists to the ones that were curious and courageous to think differently and became big names because of it. After that, we have our “Make Music Harlem 2017” in June, then “Ladies First — Sisters and Wives” in September 2017, while working with children and adults in our education programs year-round.

Milica is also jewelry designer, and you can see her art work here



Milica Paranosić, kompozitor: ‘Svi smo mi imigranti, svi smo ljudi’

2. Lynn Bechtold, Keve Wilson and Milica Paranosic (photo credit Ian D Donald)

 Lynn Bechtold, Keve Wilson i Milica Paranosić (photo credit Ian D Donald)

Njujorčanka Milica Paranosić, poreklom iz Beograda, jedna je od najvrednijih i najcenjenijih kompozitora u Americi. Ona je završila Muzičku akademiju, odsek kompozicije, u Beogradu, a potom stekla diplomu mastera na prestižnoj Džulijard školi u Njujorku, gde predaje tehnologiju muzike. Istinski posvećena umetnosti, muzici i komponovanju Milica je pre par godina imala uspešan koncert u Karnegi holu. Poznata je kao osnivač raznih umetničkih pojekata koje organizuje samostalno i sa saradnicima, a pre nekoliko godina osnovala je na Džuliard školi Festival elektronske muzike ‘Beyond the Machine’. Milica Paranosić ubrzo je pokrenula još veći multimedijalni umetnički projekat. Reč je o centru za muziku koji se zove ‘Paracademia’ u Harlemu. O tome kako je nastala ideja o osnivanju ovog umetničkog projekta kaže:

10. Make music Harlem 2015, (photo credit - Meschida Philip)

Festival ‘Make music Harlem’ 2015 (Photo credit: Meschida Philip)

Milica Paranosić: ‘Ideja o ovome nije ‘nastala’ već je ‘nastajala’, postepeno i organski, u toku mnogo godina. Predstave, muzeji, performansi, koncerti, prezantacije, žurke, restorani, barovi, klubovi, joga studio – sve to imam ‘iza ćoška’, ovde u Harlemu. Tu sam počela da osećam onaj komšijski ‘vajb’ kao nekada u Beogradu. Takodje, u toku mnogo godina bila sam super aktivna na svim  stranama i konačno shtvatila da je vreme da sve te aktivnosti donesem ‘kući’ i počnem da gradim svoju muzičku radionicu. I to je ‘Paracademia’ – centar za muziku: muzička i multimedijalna organizacija za produkciju, edukaciju i kolaboraciju, otvorena za sve one koji su zainteresovani.

Od 2015. godine ‘Paracademia’ je počela da organizuje godišnji festival ‘Make Music Harlem’ – veliki festival zajednice koji okuplja kreativne muzičare i umetnike. Poslednji festival ‘Make Music Harlem 2016’ (deo ‘Make Music New York’) bio je veoma uspešan. Bio je organizovan kao zabava u kraju sa četvorostnim muzičkim maratonom na kome su učestvovali La Banda Ramirez, ShoutHouse, Bonnie Bovers, Johari Maifield, Jennifer Rae i prvi Paracademia Dzunior kolektiv kome se pridružio The Dream team dance kolektiv, a za vreme festivala Daaz Daaz je slikao uživo.

3. Higllighting the relationshhip between sports and music- Lynn Bechtold, Milica Paranosic and Keve Wilson (photo credit Ian D Donald)

Isticanje veze izmedju sporta i muzike: Lynn Bechtold (levo), Milica Paranosić i Keve Wilson (photo credit Ian D Donald)

Govoreći o sledecem festivalu, Milica Paranosić kaže: “Ove godine Festival će imati isti format i lokaciju, ali druge muzičare, umetnike. Tu ce biti ‘Harlem Chamber Plaiers’, Maks Pollak, makedonski dzez grupa ‘Leteći pekinezeri’… Time ove godine Festival prvi put postaje medjunarodni”.

Pored festivala ‘Make Music Harlem’, u produkciji ‘Paracademie’ Milica i njene prijateljice Lin Bechtold i Keve Vilson osnovale su novi projekat ‘Ladies first’ (‘Dame prvo’). Ovo je novi koncept za seriju koncerata i kolektivnog isticanja žena umetnika u razlicitim žanrovima. Sa namerom da žene kroz umetnost podržavaju druge žene. Nedavno su ove devojke organizovale projekat ‘Svi smo mi imigranti’.

Urban Culture Tribe: Sta znači rečenica ‘Svi smo mi imigranti’ i zašto je za tebe važno da govoriš o imigrantima?

8. We are all immigrants, Keve Wilson, Lynn Bechtold and Milica Paranosic (photo credit Meschida Philip)

‘Svi smo mi imigranti, svi smo mi ljudi’ – Keve Wilson, Lynn Bechtold and Milica Paranosić (photo credit Meschida Philip)

Milica Paranosić: Ironija je da biti imigrant u ovoj državi za mene nikada nije značila ništa. Ja sam se uvek osećala prijatno u mešovitim, različitim okruženjima. Njujork je pun imigranata i to je veliki deo njegovog šarma i identiteta. U toku ovih 20-ak godina koliko sam ovde uvek sam bila okružena imigrantima i Amerikancima i to mi nikada nije odredjivalo kako doživljavam ljude i kako vrednujem njihovo prijateljstvo i umetnost. Danas je imigracija vruće pitanje i to počinjete da primećujete sve više i više. Odjednom biti imigrant postaje važno, postaje deo vašeg identiteta, pocinje da definiše vaš izraz, vaše društveno- političke i kulturne odluke. Slično se desilo u Jugoslaviji pre nego što sam se doselila ovde: nikada nisam znala, niti obraćala pažnju da li je neko Srbin ili Hrvat sve dok to nije postalo važno na političkoj sceni. Nikada nisam želela i sve do današnjeg dana zvuči mi neprirodno da kažem ja sam iz Srbije ili, jos gore, iz bivše Jugoslavije. U mom srcu ne postoji ništa ‘bivše’ iz zemlje u kojoj sam odrasla. Govoreći ‘Svi smo mi imigranti’ govorim ‘Svi smo mi ljudi’. Mislim da su nacionalna ili nacionalistička deljenja stvar prošlosti.

Urban Culture Tribe: Izgleda kao da si uvek okružena mnoštvom ljudi. Šta je za tebe najinteresantnije u saradnji sa drugima?

14. From video spot, photo credit by St. Jogn

Insert from video spot ‘Nina’ (photo credit by Lara St. John)

Milica Paranosic: Rodjena sam sa blagoslovom i prokletstvom da mi nikada nije dosadno. Ako nisam stimulisana, iznenadjena, izazvana, ja gubim interesovanje i odlazim usred projekta, situacije, veze… Kada radite sa drugima, oni vas stalno iznenadjuju, porede njihova gledišta sa vašima, prepliću njihov umetnički jezik i sintaksu sa vašsom i vi ste uvek na ivici, nikada baš ne znate sve, nije vam baš uvek komforno, ali uvek učite. To volim i u životu i u mojoj umetnosti i ne znam kako bih funkcionisala bez toga.

Urban Culture Tribe: Dimplomirali ste na beogradskoj Muzičkoj akademiji i magistrirali na Juilliard školi u Njujorku. Za razliku od kolega koji su ponekad nedodirljivi, vi organizujete performanse napolju, u komšiluku gde direktno komunicirate sa publikom. Šta vas motiviše da izadjete, da budete medju ljudima i izvodite muziku za njih?

 Milica Paranosić: Volela bih da imam odgovor na to. Ništa me ne motiviše. To je moja prirodna potreba, bila sam uvek takva. Ja sam neko ko se ‘muva’, ko je osoba za žurke, socijalna osoba. Ja sam majmun i performer i čest zabavljač i volim da imam bliske kontakte sa ljudima. Ne verujem u umetnost koja nije namenjena deljenju. Ako se ne deli, onda i ne postoji.

12. Milica is performing as a little girl

Milica Paranosić nastupa kao devojcica (Milica is performing as a little girl)

Urban Culture Tribe: Kakva budućnost očekuje Paracademiu?

Milica Paranosić: Ovog proleća pokrećemo novu seriju – ‘Drugo diplomiranje’ (‘The Other Graduation’). Dizajnirano je za mlade muzičare i umetnike kako bi ih ohrabrilo da se otvore prema načinu na koji mogu da ostvare svoju karijeru i ispune svoje snove. Vrlo često rigidno akademsko obrazovanje nudi limitiran, restriktivan pogled na moguće profesionalne opcije za umetnike. Vidim jako mnogo umetnika čiji su snovi razbijeni činjenicom da nisu imali  mogućnost za audiciju, posao ili performans za koje su njihovi nastavnici ili majke mislili da su ‘baš za njih’. Ili još gore da su ‘jedini’ za njih. Ja ću u ‘Drugom diplomiranju’ predstaviti ove mlade umetnike onima koji su radoznali i hrabri da misle drugačije i postanu velika imena zbog toga. Još više o tome mozete saznati ovde Posle toga imaćemo nas festival ‘Make Music Harlem 2017’ u junu, zatim ‘Ladies First – Sisters and Wives in September 2017’, a za sve to vreme radićemo u toku cele godine sa decom i odraslima u nasem obrazovnom programu.

Kreativna i originalna po prirodi, Milica je usmerila svoju kretaivnost i ka dizajniranju nakita, a njene najnovije dizajne možete videti ovde

16. Milica's design (photo credit Milica Paranosic)

Milicin dizajn (Milica’s design – photo credit Milica Paranosic)

Snezana Radojicic: Coming back to her dreams with a little help of bicycle

~ Milica Puric ~ 


Snezana Radojicic in Cambodia

“This is the story about a woman from the Balkans who didn’t want to live a conventional life, about a woman who wanted to do what makes her happy and who dared to do that in her 40s, after a solid career in business. And who went on that journey without anyone’s support and with the man she barely knew. During the first year everything that could go wrong went wrong, so she stayed alone and without money. This is the story about possibility of changing your life, about returning to your dreams and their realizations. Without false modesty I can say that my story pushed the boundaries.”

6. Hong Kong

Snezana discovered a jewel of nature in the mountains around Hong Kong city

That is how Snezana Radojicic, a professor of World and Yugoslav literature from Belgrade and the woman who has ridden bicycle around the world since 2011, talks about herself. So far, she has visited 40 countries on her bicycle and crossed more than 30.000 miles. She talks about her bike trips on her Facebook profile where more than 14.000 people follow every step on her trip. Each post she writes got always hundred of comments — people give her support, encourage her, root for her, cheer her up and ask questions about everything and anything. Also few thousand people follow her and read about her cycling adventures on her blog . 22. Flores, Indonezija

With local kids in Flores, Indonesia

Since the middle of December 2016, Snezana has a new address: the island of Zamami in Japan.
When I last interviewed Radojicic, she was visiting Nepal. That was a time when she began writing her book, which she has published in the meantime.
Snezana Radojicic: We talked somewhere between 2013-14. In that time I was writing a book, travel novel “Wheel me around the world” my first book about traveling. The book “Nomad,” which was released in 2016, continues the story where I stood in the first book and follows my “rolling” through Turkey. I published the book “Crossing the Himalayas and Gobi.” These are two travel stories about crossing the Himalayan ridge Thorung La pass at 5,416 meters above sea level, and then rolling through the Gobi Desert, what I did in October 2013 and April 2014.

21. Komodo, Indonezija

With komodo dragon at Komodo island in Indonesia

My journey lasts continuously since 2011, but I cannot cover everything with writing. I just finished a 3 ½ month tour through Japan, from the northernmost point on the island of Hokkaido and to the southernmost island of Kyushu. From there I went with a ferry to Okinawa, and now I am on the small island Zamami. Here I’m resting a little more than a month, and I’m trying to write a travel book about Japan. However, it will take much more time for this than I thought. I came here because I still didn’t want to leave Japan and Okinawa is located in the subtropical climate, which is extremely important for me, since I can’t afford such an expensive hotel accommodation in this expensive country.

8. Vijetnam

Typical street in Vietnam

Urban Culture Tribe: How do you get ready for the trip around the world? What do you need to do in order to be completely ready? How do you finance your trips?
Snezana Radojicic: There are no preparations for the trip because I live on the road and this is my way of living for the last five years. I rent my small apartment in Belgrade and sell my books — that’s how I finance my journey. I used to write for one portal abroad and they paid me for that. But in February I will start to teach English in one Chinese school in order to earn money for further trips. Since I don’t have sponsors, I have to figure something out.

11. Malezija

Malaysia – bike, tent, equipment… She has everything what she needs…

Urban Culture Tribe: Recently you posted a video on Facebook talking with a huge smile on your face (from a very small tent) about low temperatures outside and rain that was pouring for a third day. Those circumstances would break most people and they would probably give up, but you look very happy. What differentiate you from other people? How do you overcome hard circumstances like coldness, rain, life without electricity? 

42. Desert Gobi, Mongolia

Empty and amazing at the same time – Desert Gobi in Mongolia

Snezana Radojicic: When you wander around the world and live as a nomad, you become one with nature and weather changes. Simply, you know you can’t do anything except to protect yourself as much as possible and wait (for bad circumstances) to pass. Because everything passes at the end.

Kapadokija, Turska

Another breathtaking scene – Cappadocia, Turkey 

There is no benefit of being upset and there is no place for fear because you can’t do this and be afraid of storms and monsoons. I always start with the assumption, what is the worst thing that can happen to me? Wind can rip my tent, I can be wet from the rain, something can destroy my equipment, and then I say to myself: It is OK, everything is fixable. Therefore, it is much better to observe any situation from the fun perspective. Of course, that is not always the case, sometimes I get mad because of bad luck, but that quickly disappears — nature just teaches you to accept things as they happen.

55. Shrine of monkeys, Nepal

Attraction for kids – Shrine of monkeys in Nepal 

Urban Culture Tribe: You got a lot of support and encouragement from your Facebook friends. Did people finally understand your way of living?

66. Sukhotai, Tayland

Abandoned temple in  Sukhotai, Tayland

Snezana Radojicic: A lot of things have changed since the time I started. In that moment, that was an incomprehensible idea for most of people. There was a lot of pity, people were betting that I would not succeed, and I had just a little bit of support. And very often there was a skepticism behind that weak support. Meanwhile, I went through 40 countries, passed more than 30,000 miles, survived the fact that I became single along the way and without any source of income. My story has outgrown the framework of personal venture, and I am very happy that many people found an inspiration for some of their important decisions, which changed their lives for the better.

68. Tiger Temple, Tayland

Dangerous and surprisingly friendly tigers in ‘Tiger Temple’ in Thailand

Urban Culture Tribe: You’ve been in Turkey, Greece, China, Nepal, Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Russia, Mongolia, Cambodia … and now you’re in Japan. Where will you travel after Japan?

69. Bangkok, Thailand

Typical scene from Bangkok, Thailand

Snezana Radojicic: As I already said I will teach English in China in order to earn money and continue my trip. I hope I will write a travel story about Japan, and I plan to write a novel about young Serbian immigration in China. All in all, I’ve been in that country for seven months on three occasions, and I got to know the country from a traveler’s perspective. Now we’ll see how it will be from the perspective of someone who lives and works here.

71. Kambodia

And finally – a little break during Snezana’s trip in Cambodia

Urban Culture Tribe: Will you travel all around the world on a bicycle?
Snezana Radojicic: My journey is specific because I don’t have strict goals, in terms of miles, number of countries, routes. … I go where I want to go and where I can regarding visas and finance, and then stay for a long time traveling the country and getting to know it. Therefore, I do not know if I’ll have time to go visit entire world, since I am now 50! But I hope I will be able to see a bigger slice of the planet.
You can follow Snezana Radojicic on Facebook, and you can also find her personal blog where she writes about her cycling adventures at her webiste and her blog . Also, you can buy her books on Amazon.


Snežana Radojičić: Povratak snovima uz pomoc bicikla 

39. Bali, Indonezija

Prelepo ostrvo Bali u Indoneziji (Beautiful island Bali in Indonesia)

“Ovo je priča o ženi sa Balkana koja nije želela da živi konvencionalnim životom, već da radi ono što nju čini srećnom, i koja se na to usudila u svojim četrdesetim, nakon solidne karijere u biznis vodama. I krenula bez sredstava, bez podrške i sa čovekom kog jedva da je i poznavala. U prvih godinu dana krenulo je naopako sve što je moglo da krene naopako, pa je ostala sama i bez novca. To je priča o mogućnosti promene svog života, o povratku svojim snovima i njihovom ostvarenju. Bez lažne skromnosti, moja priča pomerila je mnoge granice.”

93. Turkey

Neverovatna scena iz Turske (Unbelievable scene – Turkey, Cappadocia)

Ovako govori o sebi Snežana Radojičić, profesor svetske i jugoslovenskih književnosti, iz Beograda, žena koja od 2011. godine obilazi svet na biciklu. Ona je do sada posetila 40-ak zemalja i prešla 50.000 kilometara! O svojim biciklističkim putešestvijima govori na svom Facebook profilu gde je prati više od 14.000 ljudi! Svaki njen post ima na stotine komentara – ljudi joj daju podrsku, bodre je, hvale, čude se, dive joj se, zapitkuju je o svemu i svačemu… Takodje nekoliko hiljada ljudi prati je i cita o njenim biciklistickim avanturama na njenom blogu.

89. Russia

Spomenik Mamev Kurgan je spomenik u čast poginulih u Staljingradskoj bici u Rusiji (Mamev Kurgan monument in honor of killed soldiers in the Battle of Stalingrad in Russia)

Poslednjih mesec dana Snežana boravi u Japanu, na ostvru Zamami. Kada smo poslednji put pravile intervju za jedne novine, pre nekoliko godina, Snežana je provodila vreme u Nepalu. To je bilo vreme kada je počinjala sa pisanjem knjige koju je u medjuvremenu objavila.

Ostvro Zamami, Japan

Ostvro Zamami u Japanu gde je Snežana boravila u toku decembra 2016. i januara 2017. (The island Zamami, Japan, where Snezana spent December 2016 and half of January 2017)

Snežana Radojičić: “Mi smo pričale negde 2013/14. Tada sam pisala knjigu “Zakotrljaj me oko sveta”. Ta knjiga govori o samim počecima mog putovanja u toku prvih osam meseci. Knjiga “Nomad”, koja je izašla 2016, nastavlja priču tamo gde sam u prvoj knjizi stala i prati moje kotrljanje kroz Tursku. Objavljena je i knjiga “Preko Himalaja i Gobija”, to su dva putopisa o prelasku preko himalajskog prevoja Thorung La, na 5416 mnv, i potom kotrljanju kroz pustinju Gobi, što sam izvela u oktobru 2013. I aprilu 2014. Moje putovanje traje neprekidno od 2011, samo što u pisanju ne uspevam da sve to ispratim. Upravo sam završila troipomesečnu turu dužinom Japana, kako sam je nazvala, jer sam pošla od najsevernije tačke na ostrvu Hokaido i vozila do najjužnije na ostrvu Kjušu. Odatle sam ferijem prešla na Okinavu, a sad sam na malom ostrvu Zamami, gde se odmaram nešto više od mesec dana i pokušavam da napišem putopisnu knjigu o Japanu. Međutim, biće potrebno mnogo više vremena za to nego što sam mislila. Ovde sam došla jer mi se još uvek nije napuštao Japan, a Okinava se nalazi u području suptropske klime, što je meni veoma bitno, budući da ne mogu da sebi priuštim smeštaj u ovako skupoj zemlji, nego kampujem.


Prizor iz Kine (The scene from China) 

Urban Culture Tribe: Sta sve moraš da uradiš kako bi bila kompletno spremna za put? Kako se finansijski pripremaš?
Snežana Radojičić: Nema priprema za putovanje, pošto ja živim na putu, ovo je moj način života već pet godina. Svoje petogodišnje putovanje finansiram od izadavnja malog stana u Beogradu i prodaja knjiga. Jedno vreme sam pisala za jedna inostrani portal i to je bilo honorisano. No, od februara ću početi da predajem engleski u jednoj školi u Kini kako bih zaradila za dalje. Pošto nemam sponzore, moram da se snalazim.
Urban Culture Tribe: Na Facebooku si objavila video u kome sa velikim osmehom na licu objasnjavaš (iz malenog šatora) da napolju kiša lije već tri dana i da je hladno. Za razliku od drugih ljudi koje bi u takvoj situaciji vremenske nepogode, hladnoće i kiše slomile i koji bi verovatno odustali, ti na video snimku sijaš i izgledaš presrećno. U čemu je razlika izmedju tebe i ostatka sveta? Kako savladavaš objektivno teške situacije (hladnoću, kišu, život bez struje…)?

15. Malezija

Znak upozorenja u Maleziji: radi se o industrijskim palminim poljima gde je zabranjen prilaz (Warning sign in Malaysia in front of fields of palms where  access is forbidden)

Snežana Radojičić: Kada živite kao nomad i stalno se potucate, jer ovo jeste vid potucanja, srodite se sa prirodom i sa vremenskim promenama. Naprosto, znate da vi tu ništa ne možete da uradite, osim da se zašitite koliko možete i da čekate da prođe. Jer sve na kraju prođe. Od nerviranja nema svrhe, a strahu tek nema mesta, jer ne možete ovo raditi i bojati se monsuna ili oluja. Ja pođem od pretpostavke šta je najgore što mi se može desiti: da mi vetar pocepa šator, da budem mokra do gole kože, ta upropastim opremu – i onda kažem, ok, sve se to da popraviti. Stoga, mnogo je bolje posmatrati takvu situaciju iz zabavnog ugla. Naravno, nije to uvek slučaj, nekad se i ja iznerviram i ljutim zbog lose sreće, ali brzo me prođe – priroda vas naprosto nauči da prihvatate stvari kako se dešavaju.
Urban Culture Tribe: Prijatelji te bodre i hrabre Facebooku. Da li im je tvoja ideja putovanja i obilaska sveta na biciklu postala malo pristupačnija? Da li se svet navikao na tebe?

48. Desert Gobi, Mongolia

Ponekad ima i malo smrzavanja – pustinja Gobi u Mongoliji  (Some days could be really cold – scene from desert Gobi in Mongolia) 

Snežana Radojičić: Mnogo toga se promenilo u odnosu na vreme kada sam ja krenula. Tada je to većini bila nepojmljiva ideja, bilo je tu sažaljevanja, opklada da neću uspeti, i vrlo malo podrške, mada je i tad često u pozdaini bila skepsa. U međuvremenu, ja sam prošla kroz četrdesetak zemalja, prešla 50.000 hiljada kilometara, izdržala to što sam ostala sama na putu, potom i kada sam ostala bez ikakvog izvora prihoda. Priča se proširila i nadrasla okvire ličnog podviga. Jako sam srećna što su mnogi ljudi u ovome našli inspiraciju za neke svoje važne odluke, kojima su promenili svoje živote na bolje.
Urban Culture Tribe: Bila si u Turskoj, Grčkoj, Kini, Nepalu, Tajlandu, Hong Kongu, Maleziji, Vijetnamu, Singapuru, Rusiji, Mongoliji, Kambodzi, a sada si u Japanu. Gde putuješ posle Japana?

104. Sicily, Italy

Slika pored cuvenog fiće na Siciliji (Famous ‘fica’ car in Sicily, Italy) 

Snežana Radojičić: Rekoh gore da ću neko vreme predavati engleski u Kini, kako bih skupila novac za nastavak. Nadam se da ću dotle napisati i putopis o Japanu, a imam u planu da napišem i roman o našim ljudima u Kini, gde imamo brojnu mladu emigraciju. Ja sam do sada putovala ukupno sedam meseci po Kini, u tri navrata, i upoznala sam je iz te putničke perspektive. Sad ćemo videti kako će biti iz ugla nekog ko tu živi i radi.
Urban Culture Tribe: Hoćes li obići ceo svet na biciklu?

Snezana and local Kyrgyzstan women.

Snežana kaže da je na ovoj slici sa jednom ženom iz Kirgizije. “Ženama u naselju Jurti bila sam veoma zanimljiva i sve vreme su dolazile da pričaju sa mnom i štošta me zapitkuju. Verujem da su prvi put srele ženu koja putuje sama i to još biciklom!” (With a woman from Kyrgyzstan. Snezana said local women were very interested in her and they often came to talk to her and asked her many questions. ‘This is probably the first time they saw a woman who travels alone and on the bicycle!’)

Snežana Radojičić: Moje putovanje je specifično i po tome što ja nemam neke zacrtane ciljeve, u smislu kilometara, broja zemalja, rute… Idem gde želim i gde mogu zbog viza i finansija, a onda ostajem dugo putujući tom zemljom i upoznajući je. Stoga, ne znam da li ću imati vremena da na ovaj način obiđem ceo svet, budući da je meni sad pedeset. Ali nadam se da ću uspeti da vidim veće parče planete.

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Fotografija nakon prelaza Thorung La Passa na Himalajima. (After crossing Thorung La pass on Himalayas) 

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