Guy is 60 years old. He lives in Serbia for almost 10 years. He worked as a newspaper illustrator, and for some time he was a writer.
What Guy would like to see in the future in Serbia is the people who have a fair and normal life. “I wish people lived properly and normally. This means that everyone had a job, not that hard, because working 10 hours a day does nothing for you, they could pay their rents and not stay with their parents until they are 40, they could have their own apartments, their own cars, they could get married, have children and go on vacations. I wish it was that way.”
Space and people are the things that delight him in Serbia. “The thing that is remarkable, which I have seen in Serbia from the very beginning is that people are not in a rush here, they are calm and have time. I remember when I first came here, I wanted to buy something in the store, but they didn’t have it. In France, if you are looking for something they don’t have, they will tell you “come back tomorrow, come back tomorrow”, trying to sell you that thing. Here, the salesman came out of the store and told me: “you go straight, then you turn right, then left, and there you will find what you’re looking for.” I’ve never seen anything like it. There is enough space here. You can’t see the sky in Paris, here, you can. Also, when you are a foreigner in Serbia, people are interested in you, they ask you where you are from, they are happy to see you, they take you on a tour of their city, they are happy that you can be a part of their life.”
What doesn’t make Guy happy in Serbia is the loud music. “What I don’t like, the only thing that annoys me here is the noise. Music in cafés is a good thing, but one has to go to the end of the street to be able to talk to someone. I know it’s a cultural thing, but still…” Serbia as a small country, has fewer opportunities for development, says Guy. “I know that Serbia was powerful, Yugoslavia was producing its shoes, its cars, its food and what it needed in Serbia. Now that it’s become one small country, and it’s been one big country, it’s much harder to make progress.”
Guy radiates positive energy, loves people and loves to hang out, which is why people come to him. He could talk to a president all night, and he could talk to a homeless person as well, as long as these two were interesting and nice people.