Liza Shoenfeld: Serbia, the way life should be

Liza Shoenfeld: Serbia, the way life should be

In 3 months of travel, the most blissful time I’ve had has been my two weeks at Mokrin House.

There are 6 of us staying here longer term, plus several groups that come in and out for a couple days, including the vodka company Absolut who filmed a commercial here (but did not invite us to this staged music festival party…)

The original house on this property was built in 1925, and since then the site has been through development by a wealthy family, two world wars, the rise and fall of communism, and total abandonment before being resurrected by its current owner and a group of first time student architects.

I am pretty sure I’m living inside the architectural design magazine of my dreams.


Life here is nearly as good as it gets. Most days I meditate before breakfast and a cappuccino, get down to work for a couple hours, swim against the pool jets to build up an appetite for lunch, work in the afternoon with a break for the gym, and enjoy a poolside aperitif before dinner with the wonderful people who work and live here. All meals are provided, and largely sourced from their farm a couple blocks away. Here’s Dragan, showing us the new crop of peppers.

In the evenings we’ll have a movie night or play frisbee until it gets dark or sip rakia and swat mosquitos under the big oak tree.

And the staff are always putting on events that integrate the local community. We’ve been to a Serbian party (ok, I bailed early) and a children’s dance festival. Archers and musicians have come through. I even learned how to embroider from sweet Serbian ladies!

I am in rural northern Serbia for two weeks! I came here to stay at Mokrin House of Ideas, an exquisite co-working/co-living center nestled in a small railroad town. When I’m not working here you can find me (finally!) tossing a frisbee


This article originally appeared at Liza’s tumblr account called lizastravelnotes:




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