October 20, 2008: Novi Sad, Serbia
Today I walked across the Varadin Bridge in Novi Sad. As far as bridges go, it’s nothing amazing. But it’s a moving experience all the same because it’s not the original Varadin Bridge. The original was bombed by NATO on April 1, 1999, as part of Operation Allied Forces during the Kosovo War.
The day after Varadin Bridge was destroyed in 1999, I turned 22. I had been accepted into Poli Sci at Berkeley so I was living back at my parents’ house and working double shifts as a waitress to save money. I’d hurtle up and down the Great Western Highway seven days a week in my rusty old Dato, immersed in dreamy thoughts of California.