My English left much to be desired. Only simple conversation was possible. When you are abroad and no one speaks german it‘s an imposition. Something had to be done. Then I got the perfect idea: private lessons on skype. Preferably with a teacher who doesn‘t speak German. So Dragana Markovic and me met for the first time.
Dragana lives in Novi Sad, Serbia. She‘s confined to use a wheelchair, because she suffers from spinal muscular atrophy. You can‘t recognize it on Skype. I saw that in pictures on Facebook, but I was not sure if she had an accident or if she‘s disabled. First I hesitated, because I didn‘t want to offend her. But later I asked her.
Meanwhile we became friends and I visited her in Novi Sad.. We spent a day together with her friends. I took part in one face-to-face and in two Skype lessons. It‘s funny to be a German in Novi Sad who Skypes to a woman in Dubai who says: „Germans are cold, present company excepted!“
Dragana needs help day and night. She has different assistants. One of them is Maja. They are like sisters, because they have to spend a lot of time together. Maja is half Serbian and half Hungarian. She is a vet, but it‘s hard to find a job in Serbia.
It was a diverse crowd of people I met in Novi Sad. Together with three others Tatjana has a language school. Liljana from Sombor and her russian husband are married and they were expecting a baby. I enjoyed.
I think Dragana is worth a story. I‘ll ask her if there‘s something she wants to tell to the people. We take it from there...