Jacob Sackett-Sanders - Bridge Year Serbia
I am a soccer playing, Russian loving, philosophy discussing poet who enjoys historical narratives and political commentary. Though raised as a Christian I identify as a Newtonian deist who synthesizes the Koran, Bible, and the verbal tradition of the Tao into a way of life. I am an intellectual and an artist, a rare male flute player, and an avid supporter of cellos. An optimist at heart, I’ve tried masquerading as a cynic but always come back to the fact that “the sun’ll come out tomorrow.” Annie has always been my favorite musical, but I actually prefer steel giant Andrew Carnegie to the fictional robber baron Oliver Warbucks. My mind is like a spider web that catches everything it possibly can in its sticky thread. I love life and the acquisition of knowledge. “Please, sir, can I have some more?” There’s still too much I don’t know. My top three goals are thus: change the world, start a family, and catch big air on a snowboard at least once. At Princeton, I plan on studying Slavic Studies, because Cyrillic is just more fun. And if I seem a little quirky, blame it on seven years of art school.
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Posted Apr 02, 2012
In case you should ever find yourself in Serbia, there are a few things you should know. Firstly, the people are amazing. All you need do is say your name and choke out a few words in Serbian and you’ve found yourself a new best friend. People are always willing to show you what Serbia is really like, (which is awesome). Secondly, rakija (the Serbian national drink) is delicious, and it’s made for trying in a kafana (a sort of restaurant where you can relax and enjoy life...
Posted Feb 08, 2012
It’s obvious that language is an important part of our lives. Most people understand that we speak one or possibly two languages natively, and that some of us learn a few more on top of that. Travel, adventure, and self growth are what we usually associate with the acquisition new languages. The appeal is clear; think of language as a window, through which we can see and experience the world. No window, no matter how big, can offer a complete view of life outside its panes.
Posted Nov 16, 2011
Before there was Novi Sad, there was Petrovaradin. While now just one part of the second largest city in Serbia, it began as a small town on the east bank of the Danube, with a history highly defined by its relationships with the fortresses it had grown around through the years. The first was built as a border post for the vast Roman Empire; the last and current was built by Austrians in the 18th century. Sometimes called “Gibraltar on the Danube” for its domination of both the skyline and the river below...