Brian is 24 years old, he is a student at the tourism department and he teaches the English language online.
In the future, Serbia is the member state of the European Union with a complete road infrastructure. “I know that in the future I see it as the member of the European Union. I fully support the idea of becoming part of the EU, if for nothing else, it will create security for people at least as far as the tourism is concerned. Also, I would like the road infrastructure to be rebuilt completely. Not street by street, but it should be done completely at once. I think it would make life easier for everyone and would be more attractive in terms of physical communication and efficiency.”
The positive side of Serbia, in addition to the sincerity of the peoples, is that it is a democratic, safe and cheap country. “One thing I can say is good in Serbia is that the people are honest, and here one feels fine and relaxed. I have lived abroad before, and I have more options when it comes to living outside Serbia, I can choose America, France, Israel, I can live and work in these countries without having to bother about visa and such, and yet I chose Serbia. And this amazes people. Then I tell them, Serbia is a democratic, safe and cheap country. Perhaps our democracy is a little bit debatable, although various other European countries that are developed have the same problem with the far right politics and populism, so we’re not alone in this. It is cheap. It is safe no matter people say there are criminals here. These criminals are fighting against each other, while in parts of Paris where I lived, someone will start you up only because they suspect you have the latest version of iPhone.”
Aversion towards the West and turbofolk are negative sides of Serbia. “I think the people here are convinced that they have some similarities with the Russians because they are looking for some alternative to the West. But I don’t believe that Russia is the alternative to the West, nor do we have borders with them, nor we feel culturally closer to them. Being Serbian seems closer to belonging to Europe rather than to Russia. The other negative thing is turbofolk. We want to be based on some ethno values, and we have that, Gucha, trumpet players, and even tamburitza players, which I, as a Vojvodinian, love. But we allow something like turbofolk that is a total banalization, the worst possible thing. I consider myself a tolerant person, I accept differences and I am glad I accept them. Moreover, I love diversity, but this [turbofolk], it’s really crossing the line both because of the sound and because it kind of originated in the ’90s and it’s all about nationalism and all that.”
Despite the fact that he has three other nationalities besides Serbian, despite living in other countries for a long time, Brian still chose Serbia as a country where he wants to live, and where he wants to work on tourism development in the future, and especially in Vojvodina.