Strolling through the grounds, Sister Anastasija reflects on life at Gorioc. “It is hard sometimes,” she admits. “There are not many of our people around. No police, no government. We are surrounded by barbed wire.”
She plays with the monastery’s dog, Chica, tossing up snowballs for her to catch in her mouth. Spanish NATO soldiers guarding the grounds named the dog.
Though Sister Anastasija denies feeling lonely, she does wish another young woman would come to Gorioc. When she first arrived, another young nun lived at the monastery. However, unable to adjust, she left after only a few months.
Sister Anastasija, on the other hand, intends to remain in Gorioc for the long haul. “I’ve made my choice and I’m not leaving,” she says. “We will see what the future brings.”
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Based in Serbia, Joost van Egmond reports on events in southeast Europe.
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