of the most 'out of left field' experiences I had in Serbia came about
because I went to a play. Every year the school holds a "Shakespeare in
the Park" production in May, which is held outside in the evening. People
drink, eat, and walk from set to set constructed all over the high school
campus. This year (2006), Susan was at home with the kids, so I went alone.
As the night wore on, I found myself in conversation with one of the heads
of the largest beverage distributors in the country. He was telling me
about his company's upcoming trip to the World Cup in Germany.
As the conversation progressed, he was
lamenting that some of the Serbs had been unable to get visas, so there
were some empty seats on the charter flight and extra tickets. He stopped
mid sentence, looked at me, and said, "Americans don't need visas to Germany,
do they? How would you like to go to the World Cup in 2 days and watch
Serbia play Argentina?" Well, when given a beautiful offer like that, how
could I say no?!!! It was on the last day of school, and once I got permission
to go, I could hardly wait!