Gradske priče - U šetnji sa / City Buzz - A walk with
četvrtak decembar 14, 2017
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U šetnji sa "beogradskim ambasadorom"

Karl OdburPrestoničkim ulicama poveo nas je Karl Odbur, Francuz koji već tri godine živi u Beogradu. Kako je sam rekao, nema nameru da napušta svoj stan na Zelenom vencu, sa najlepšim pogledom na grad. Njegov poziv potekao je iz želje da promoviše Srbiju, ruši stereotipe, popravi imidž države i objasni strancima zašto treba da posete našu zemlju. Godinama piše blog o tome, a sebe naziva ambasadorom Srbije u svetu.

Zašto ste izabrali da se sa ćerkom Lunom preselite baš u Beograd?

Pre 11 godina sam gledao dokumentarac o novijoj srpskoj istoriji, koji nije bio pristrasan, niti je ličio na dotadašnju negativnu propagandu o Srbiji. Do tada sam mislio da su Srbi varvari i civilizacijski zaostali. Međutim, taj film je potpuno realistično prikazao život u jednoj evropskoj državi, koji je meni izgledao drugačije od života u svim ostalim zemljama u kojima sam bio. Toliko sam bio zaintrigiran, da sam rešio da otputujem u Srbiju i uverim se kakva je stvarna slika. To se realizovalo tek 2005. godine. Naravno, dovoljno mi je bilo i dve nedelje u Beogradu da rešim da se trajno preselim iz Francuske u Srbiju. Jer, čim sam stigao na aerodrom Nikola Tesla, imao sam osećaj da ovde pripadam. Međutim, supruga je bila bolesna i morao sam da ostanem uz nju. Kada nas je ona tragično napustila pre četiri godine, spakovao sam kofere i sa ćerkom Lunom započeo novi život u Beogradu.

Šta se u Vašem utisku o prestonici promenilo sada − kada ste Beograđanin u odnosu na Vašu turističku posetu Beogradu?

Apsolutno ništa. Ljudi su bili i ostali moj najjači utisak. Živeo sam u Francuskoj, Belgiji, Italiji i Nemačkoj i nigde nisam upoznao toliko neposredne ljude. Sa svakom nepoznatom osobom možete da porazgovarate, dok su u ostalim delovima Evrope ljudi mnogo distanciraniji i više fokusirani na sebe same. Mislim da je Beograd odlično mesto za odgajanje dece. Moja ćerka Luna, za razliku od mene, govori srpski kao da je ovde rođena. Ona, iako je desetogodišnjakinja, ima bogatiji socijalni život od mene. Trenira hokej, redovno idemo u popodnevne šetnje, u parkove. U Parizu nismo smeli posle 20h da izađemo iz kuće. Ovde je mnogo bezbedniji život za decu.

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A Walk with „Belgrade’s Ambassador“

We walked through the streets of the capital with Karl Haudbourg, a Frenchman that has lived in Belgrade for three years. As he told us, he has no intention of leaving his apartment at Zeleni Venac with a most beautiful view to the city. His vocation is to promote Serbia, demolish stereotypes, improve the image of the country and explain foreigners why they should visit us. For serveral years he has been writing a blog about that and he calls himself Serbian Ambassador to the world.

Why did you decide to move to Belgrade together with your daughter Luna?

Eleven years ago I watched a documentary about recent Serbian history, which was not biased and did not even look like the propaganda about a negative Serbia. Until then I thought that Serbs are Barbarians and backward from the standpoint of civilization. However, that film showed in a realistic way the life of a European state, which look different from all other countries, where I have been. I was so intrigued that I decided to come and see what the real picture is. I succeeded in 2005. Of course, it was enough to spend two weeks in Belgrade to decide to move permanently from France to Serbia. In fact, from the very moment I arrived to the Nikola Tesla airport, I had the feeling I belong here. Unfortunately my wife was sick and I had to be with her. When she passed away four years ago, I made my luggages and began a new life with my daughter Luna here in Belgrade.

How has your impression about the city changed now that you are a Belgradian compared to that time when you were a tourist?

Absolutely nothing. People made me the deepest impression and they still do. I have lived in France, Belgium, Italy and Germany and nowhere I have met so warm people. You can talk to any unknown person, while in the rest of Europe people are much more distant and focused on themselves. I think that Belgrade is an excellent place to raise children. Unlike me, my daughter Luna speaks Serbian as if she were born here. She is only 10 years old and her social life is much more important than mine. She trains hockey and regularly takes afternoon walks through the parks. In Paris we could not go out after 20:00. Here it is much safer for children.

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