About markowe

I am a Brit, but of Yugo origin. Well, we have to say Serbian now, though when I was growing up in the UK, it was just “Yugoslavia”. We won’t get into the national identity or history side of things – the long and short of it is that after graduation from Nottingham University (Slavonic Studies, of course) I ended up working for the British publisher Longman in Belgrade in 1996. To cut short the intervening 15-year (and counting) period, I am now in Novi Sad, Serbia, and own a growing Serbian-English translation business called Odista. I am also married to the lovely SlaΔ‘a and have a wee toddler called Luka.

And that’s about it! Apart from that, I have recently started to build a little net presence, which you can also start to explore via my links. In particular, I wanted to start a blog that was about something very few other people could write about, at least not from my standpoint, and that’s mountain-biking in Serbia! There is also SPD Shoes, which is an ongoing project – a site dedicated to bike shoes!

I am also involved in working with young people in a local church, which means spending time, and investing myself (hard work) in teenagers. But that’s for another blog!

If you want to get in touch, I am sure you will find a way! Or just leave a comment. I look forward to hearing from you!

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11 Responses to About markowe

  1. Milan says:

    Zdravo Marko,

    Video sam tvoju poruku na freebiking forumu, pa mi je bilo zanimljivo da upoznam nekoga iz Britanije, da jos vozi i bajs. Trenutno zivim u Zemunu i obisao sam celu okolinu Beograda bajsem (uzu i siru). Jedino sto mislim da ce biti problem u narednom periodu to je vreme. Mislim na weather ne na time. Prognoze su malo lose za voznju bajsem. Ali svejedno ja sam na raspolaganju. BTW-engleski nije problem.

    Hi Mark,

    I saw your message on the Freebiking forum, and I thought it would be interesting to meet someone from Britain, especially someone who is a cyclist. I live in Zemun at the moment, and have been all round Belgrade by bike, (both near and far). I think the only problem in the near future is going to be the weather. The forecast isn’t too good for bike rides. But anyway, I am happy to help out. BTW English isn’t a problem.

  2. Ana says:

    Sta da ti kazem ali vec vidim koja je tvoja zamisao u vezi svega ovoga.>) Super je, svidjami se.
    srecno na putu (mislim da ce vam trebati)

  3. Sladja says:

    “That’s about it”?! What about me? πŸ™‚

  4. Alfonzo Kemp says:

    good luck

  5. Marios says:

    Hi there!

    I’d like to ask you about some info I cannot find anywhere else: Can you help me find some information of any Urban Cycling Clubs in Belgrade??

    thanks in advance!

  6. Mark says:


    I am pretty sure there are no official clubs as such – I think there are just some individuals who you could hook up with. The best suggestion I can give is to post something on the Cikloberza Trials/Street/Dirt forum here: http://www.cikloberza.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=36 (just use English, someone will reply, don’t worry!) and see if you can get any more info.

  7. Edd Carlile says:

    Hi there
    I just recently moved to Novi Sad (with my serbian wife and two small children)from Budapest and stumbled on your blog.
    I was interested to see you mentioned publishing and languages and that grabbed my attention.
    (my day job is teaching English)
    As my Serbian language skills are kak at this point in time I couldn’t make heads nor tails of your website…….can you clue me in to what’s it all about?

    Edd. πŸ™‚

  8. markowe says:

    Hi mate, welcome to Novi Sad!

    Which website do you mean? This one is definitely in English πŸ˜€

  9. Edd Carlile says:

    You mentioned a business by the name of “bookstream” involved in publishing and language.
    I really like novi sad a lot.
    (I lived too long in Budapest)

  10. markowe says:

    Oh, crumbs, this post is really out of date πŸ™‚ Haven’t been involved in Bookstream for several years – need to change that – this is my translation company: http://www.odista.com. Are you going to be teaching English here?

  11. Ruth Overend says:

    Hi there,
    Bit of a weird one and a little out of the blue, but I hope there’s no harm in asking…
    Might you guys know of any Brits living off-the-grid in Serbia? As in expats who’ve built their own place in a remote spot, without being hooked up to mains power. People who’ve quit the rat race and gone ‘back to the land’ – that kind of thing. Maybe a family growing their own food and hauling water from a spring?
    I work for a television production company in London, where we’re making a new series for the UK broadcaster, Channel 4. We’re looking for people and stories to feature in a new, primetime series (fronted by a British presenter called Kevin McCloud) about people who’ve emigrated to a remote or challenging location.
    Thanks for any suggestions – ruth.overend@optomen.com

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