Mistaken Bus: Dance into a Festive Destiny

Fluent Fiction – Serbian
www.FluentFiction.org/Serbian
Story Transcript:
Sr: Bio jednom jedan sivi i kišoviti dan u Beogradu. Ana, devojka sa svetlim očima i crvenim kišobranom, žurila je da uhvati autobus.
En: Once upon a time, on a gray and rainy day in Belgrade, there was a girl named Ana with bright eyes and a red umbrella, hurrying to catch a bus.

Sr: Pogledala je na displej na autobuskoj stanici, ali slova su se zbog kiše slivala kao reka.
En: She glanced at the display at the bus stop, but the letters were running like a river due to the rain.

Sr: Uspela je tek da uhvati bljesak žive boje autobusa dok je odlazio.
En: She only managed to catch a flash of the vivid color of the bus as it departed.

Sr: Bez razmišljanja, Ana je potrčala i skočila u prvi sledeći autobus koji se zaustavio.
En: Without thinking, Ana ran and jumped into the next bus that stopped.

Sr: Vozilo je mirisalo na staro i gumu, a kroz zamagljene prozore titrali su obrisi grada.
En: The vehicle smelled of old rubber, and through the foggy windows, the outlines of the city shimmered.

Sr: Ali, kako su se minuti gomilali, Ana je primetila da pejzaž postaje sve manje poznat.
En: However, as the minutes passed, Ana noticed that the landscape was becoming less and less familiar.

Sr: Iznenada je shvatila – ušla je u pogrešan autobus!
En: Suddenly, she realized – she had boarded the wrong bus!

Sr: Nakon nekoliko sati vožnje, autobus se zaustavio u jednom seoskom mestu.
En: After several hours of driving, the bus stopped in a rural village.

Sr: Ana je izišla, gledajući oko sebe.
En: Ana got off, looking around.

Sr: Bila je u selu koje je zračilo bojama i životom, uprkos tmurnom danu.
En: She found herself in a village radiating with colors and life, despite the gloomy day.

Sr: Zvuci muzike i smeha dopirali su do njenih ušiju.
En: The sounds of music and laughter reached her ears.

Sr: Bila je to tradicionalna srpska narodna svetkovina.
En: It was a traditional Serbian folk festival.

Sr: U tom trenutku, Marko i Milica, brat i sestra u narodnim nošnjama, prišli su Ani misleći da je izgubljeni učesnik festivala.
En: At that moment, Marko and Milica, a brother and sister in traditional costumes, approached Ana, thinking she was a lost participant in the festival.

Sr: “Hej, trebali bi početi za deset minuta. Da li si spremna?” upitao je Marko sa osmehom, podrazumevajući da Ana poznaje folklornu tačku.
En: “Hey, we’re supposed to start in ten minutes. Are you ready?” Marko asked with a smile, assuming that Ana was familiar with the folk dance.

Sr: Ana je stajala zbunjena, ali odlučila je da se prepusti situaciji.
En: Ana stood there feeling confused, but she decided to go along with the situation.

Sr: “Ja… Ja sam, mislim, spremna,” odgovorila je neodlučno.
En: “Um… yeah, I’m ready, I guess,” she hesitantly replied.

Sr: Milica joj je dala raskošnu narodnu haljinu koja je kao čarolijom odgovarala Ani kao salivena.
En: Milica handed her a gorgeous traditional dress that miraculously fit Ana perfectly.

Sr: Uz malo vode i osmeha, Ana je bila obučena i spremna nepoznato za šta.
En: With a bit of water and a smile, Ana was dressed and ready for whatever was to come.

Sr: Zajedno su se kretali prema centralnom delu sela gde je muzika svirala sve jače a igrači već zagrevani plesali.
En: Together, they headed towards the central part of the village where the music was growing louder, and the dancers, already warmed up, were dancing.

Sr: Anu su primetili i pozvali da se pridruži.
En: They noticed Ana and invited her to join.

Sr: U početku je bila smotana, ali ritam i radost brzo su je obuzeli, i Ana je počela da pleše sa njima kao da je oduvek bila deo te veselosti.
En: At first, she was awkward, but the rhythm and joy quickly enveloped her, and Ana began to dance with them as if she had always been part of the merriment.

Sr: Vreme je prolazilo, a Ana je učila korake, pridruživši se plesu sa smehom.
En: As time passed, Ana learned the steps, joining in the dance with joy.

Sr: Marko i Milica bili su iznenađeni njenom brzom prilagodbom i radošću.
En: Marko and Milica were surprised by her quick adaptation and happiness.

Sr: Kako se nebo razvedrilo, Ana je shvatila koliko joj prija ova spontana avantura.
En: As the sky cleared, Ana realized how much she was enjoying this spontaneous adventure.

Sr: Nije važilo šta je planirala, već šta je doživela.
En: It didn’t matter what she had planned, but what she had experienced.

Sr: Kada je festival došao do kraja, Ana je bila puna priča i novih prijateljstava.
En: When the festival came to an end, Ana was full of stories and new friendships.

Sr: Marko i Milica su je pozvali da naredne godine ponovo dođe, ali ovaj put namerno.
En: Marko and Milica invited her to return next year, but this time intentionally.

Sr: Ana se vratila u Beograd sa osmehom i pričom koju će celog života prepričavati: o danu kad je greškom ušla u pogrešan autobus koji ju je odveo do najneobičnije i najzabavnije avanture u njenom životu.
En: Ana returned to Belgrade with a smile and a story she would recount for the rest of her life: about the day she accidentally boarded the wrong bus, which led her to the most unusual and enjoyable adventure of her life.

Vocabulary Words:
svetlim : bright
kišobran : umbrella
žurila : hurrying
pogledala : glanced
displej : display
odlazio : departed
zamagljen : foggy
obrisi : outlines
titrali : shimmered
veselost : merriment
zračilo : radiating
tmuran : gloomy
prišli : approached
učesnik : participant
razmišljala : pondered
neodgovarala : misfit
slivala : streamed
svetkovina : festivity
narodna : traditional
nošnjama : costumes
namerno : intentionally
prepričavati : recount
greškom : accidentally
prilagodbom : adaptation
spontana : spontaneous
prija : enjoying
planirala : planned
doživela : experienced
namerno : intentionally
vratila : returned