This undoubtedly stems from the very defined gender roles in Serbian culture, which are also particularly noticeable when it comes to the dating dress code.
Here, it seems you are either a masculine man or a feminine woman. Men tend to have a rugged edge and would never be seen wearing skinny jeans, while women don't hold back on anything, their appearances meticulously put together with hair done, nails painted and makeup perfectly applied.
On that note, she wanted to know if we had any single male Serbian friends interested in taking her out. With no 'data collection samples’ to suggest, we watched her wander off, no doubt in search of an eligible case study.
He will eat a lot of rich foods, but maintain a fit body. He will be accustomed to strong liquor shots, and will like to toast before, during, and after, a meal.
(Americans – don’t forget that European etiquette requires making eye contact and clinking glasses with everyone separately while toasting) He will kiss others (both men and women) on the cheeks daily and think nothing of it.
It got me thinking about my own experiences when being courted by Serbian men, and how different, if at all, it really is. Locals are mainly interested in how their fellow Serbs have behaved and whether they have shown themselves in a good light, largely because of their consciousness of their international image.
Countless times, I have been told by Serbs that they believe they are perceived globally as 'the bad guys', a possible legacy from the wars and one allegedly propagated by film.