Serbia. Raimundo, Portuguese baker from ″pogac″

A member of the Communist Youth of Portugal, he went to Belgrade after the breakup of Yugoslavia, when earlier than there have been six republics, 5 ethnic teams, 4 languages, three religions, two alphabets and one occasion. The Union of the Republics of Serbia and Montenegro noticed as a decreased federation, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, whose leaders aspired to the standing of the only authorized successors of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Later, Serbia and Montenegro separated, turning into impartial states. He began working as a baker’s assistant. There have all the time been many bakeries within the metropolis and there are nonetheless. After ten years within the craft, he arrange his personal manufacturing of conventional Serbian bread, on the nook as many bakeries have this location. By the best way, it was additionally a practice in Lisbon, as a result of bakeries have been an essential institution within the financial system and each day lifetime of the inhabitants of Lisbon, and their location was foreseen within the architectural designs from the start. Nevertheless, within the Serbian capital, this business topography nonetheless exists. The assembly with this baker from Belgrade was unintentional once I entered his place one afternoon and noticed an previous signboard in Portuguese inside, simply from an previous bakery that was not in use. I discovered later that he had taken it from Lisbon on certainly one of his journeys to Portugal. Earlier than making the acquisition, I confirmed my assumptions. I launched myself as Portuguese to the worker who walked in and mentioned “I am Raimundo, the proprietor of the bakery”. Bald, he appeared to be in his fifties. After a couple of non-committal phrases, he invited me to bake “aquarium” bread. He defined to me that the standard “pogaca” solely wants wheat flour, heat water, oil, recent yeast, salt and sugar: to make the crust delicate, good deeds which can be handed down from era to era. We left the place and sat at one of many three tables the bakery had by itself triangular plan within the nook. A black and white checkerboard mosaic on the ground. With a triangle plan, three tables, and a ground like that, I nonetheless thought there was Masonic symbolism on this place, however once I discovered that my host was a communist fighter in Portugal, I turned my ideas in one other course, except he was not one. . “I got here at a really younger age, a couple of weeks earlier than the demonstrations in 1997 that made Zoran Dinđić the mayor of Belgrade, the primary non-communist in 50 years. Issues have actually modified.” Zoran Dinđić later turned Prime Minister. It’s believed that it was due to his pro-Western tendencies and reformist insurance policies that this politician was assassinated, which I investigated upon my return. “We have been nonetheless not ready for the most important adjustments that have been about to occur,” Raimundo added. What is for certain is that if politics change, traditions will stay. Raimundo introduced heat bread to make its style and scent extra intense. Along with bread, there was cream cheese referred to as “kajmak” or “kajmak” and wine, which made the second extra nice, accompanied by a dialog with a pleasant Portuguese from Belgrade. He informed me that he had roots in Alentejo, however his dad and mom moved to the outskirts of Lisbon early on. He left for Belgrade with a befriended household of Portuguese bakers who opened a enterprise there, however within the meantime returned to Portugal. Raimundo stayed as a result of he married a Serb. The 2 run a enterprise that isn’t restricted to this institution as he has opened 5 extra on the outskirts of the capital. I didn’t make the deliberate buy and after this scrumptious snack, the three of us agreed to exit within the night. It was instructed to go to the so-called “Silicon Valley”, which has nothing to do with its North American Silicon Valley. It is a road in Belgrade with bars and golf equipment. I requested Raimundo why that title. “Sarcastically, they are saying that is as a result of abundance of silicone breast implants amongst Serbian girls who, by the best way, typically go to this purchasing road.” Silicon is successfully used within the manufacturing of silicones. We had enjoyable among the many current stalls with souvenirs, bars and meals and drinks. Raimundo would inform me that “within the metaphor of politics, silicone appears to be used to cowl weak spot. Character, willpower and intelligence are rather more fascinating than errors.” I agreed with him. The potential orthodoxy of youth not manifested itself. It’s typically mentioned that bakers promote bread, not donuts. Raimundo might not change his bread, however he has already modified his desires. His automotive is proof of his success: the California electrical Tesla: “The title of the automotive is a tribute to {the electrical} and mechanical engineer Nicola Tesla, of Serbian descent, who went to America younger.” There usually are not lots of them in Serbia. And since bakers additionally work at daybreak, the couple returned to the bakery to accompany their co-workers, “whereas the solar sleeps,” he informed me in parting, “and revolutions are being made,” I replied.

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