100 | / prošlosti. Svaki manastir je bio poseban, ali sam u Manasiji dobio neki neopisiv osećaj. To me je motivisalo da slavimslavu Svetog despota Stefana, koji je, između ostalog, pokrovitelj Beograda. Još jedna veza sa Srbijom za mene je da mi je kum polusrbin, a to sam saznao tek kasnije u životu. Džejson kaže da mu Beograđani stalno prenose koje su razlike i sličnosti između naša dva naroda. – Ja mogu da posvedočim da nam je smisao za humor isti. Oba naroda vole ’crnjak’ i stalno se šale na svoj račun. Takođe, mi, isto kao i vi, volimo lep provod uz dobro žestoko piće, živu muziku i tradicionalni ples – kaže Džejson. A kad smo kod provoda... – Živeo sam u različitim zemljama Evrope i primetio sam da ovde mladi ljudi provode mnogo manje vremena s telefonima u rukama. Ja mislim da je to još jedan dokaz da Srbi umeju da uživaju u realnom životu i da su veoma komunikativni. Takođe mi se sviđa dinamika odnosa između devojaka i momaka jer je potpuno prirodna i razigrana, što je sada retkost naZapadu. Ovde seflert oseća u vazduhu i svi sumnogo opušteniji. U Engleskoj, na primer, svi se plaše da budu spontani i opušeni. Definitivno, u Srbiji se mladi bolje muvaju – zaključuje Džejson. Young Irishman Jason McCarthy came to Belgrade from London after falling in love with our country by listening to stories, watching lms and listening to the music of these lands. After visting several times, he decided to spend a year at the Belgrade Faculty of Philosophy and to study Serbian history. He speaks the language excellently and likes to write in the Cyrillic script. “It was back in secondary school that I discoveredSerbia througha friend who loves Serbia verymuch. Since then I’ve listenedtothe tamburitzamusicand the Belgrade Syndicate, and watched the lms of Kusturica and Slobodan Šijan. Several years later, in Rome, I met one of my current best friends, who invitedme to come to Serbia. That trip really –without exaggeration – changed my life and leave its trace on my soul. Because if I know this country exists, then I must be here!” Like many before him, Jason was delighted with Serbian hospitality the most, but also the attentionhe received in abundance. “I’d never felt what it was like to receive somuch attention fromunknown people, everybodywanted to showme their city, to feed me, to nd me a girlfriend and even adopt me. I was surprised in Belgrade by the contrast between the chaos of the bus station and the tranquillity inside Saint Sava Temple,” says the 22-year-old Jason. The child of a mixed marriage, his mother isRussianandhis father Irish. His Irish great-grandfather fought alongside the Serbs against the Central Powers inWorldWar I. He says that, despite not having Serbian roots, he feels that his soul is fromSerbiaandheoftenwrite about important dates in Serbian history on social networks. “I feel intimacy with the Serbs, because I share the same values, principles and ideals with them. Just like the people here, I lovemy own history, am proud of my origins and I think that roots are important. It often happens that I feel like I’ve long been friends with someone after a single conversation,”says Jason, stressing that he feels as though he came to perceive his own identity and spirituality in Serbia. “When I travelled around southern Serbia, I visitedmanymedieval monasteries and fell even deeper in love with Serbia, seeing the traces of your amazing past. Every monastery was special, but in Manasija [Resava] I had an indescribable feeling. Thismotivatedme to celebrate the saint’s day of Saint Despot Stefan, who was a benefactor of Belgrade, among other things. Another connectionwith Serbia forme is that my godfather is half Serbian, and I only discovered that later in my life. Jason says that Belgraders are constantly recounting the di erences and similarities between the Serbs and the Irish. “I can testify to the fact that our sense of humour is the same, both nations love‘blackhumour’andconstantly make self-deprecating jokes. Like you, we also love a good time with good, strong drinks, livemusic and traditional dancing,” says Jason. And while we’re on the subject of good times... I’ve lived in di erent European countries and I’ve noticed that young people here spendmuch less timewith their phones in their hands. I think that’s yet more proof that Serbs are capable of enjoying real life and are very communicative. I also like the dynamics of relationships between girls and boys, because they are completely natural and playful, which is a rarity in theWest nowadays. Here irting can be felt in the air and everyone is much more relaxed. In England, for example, everyone’s afraid of being spontaneous and relaxed.Youngpeople inSerbiaarede - nitely better at chat-ups,”concludes Jason. Ovde mladi ljudi provode mnogo manje vremena s telefonima u rukama Young people here spend much less time with their phones in their hands