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Triple spy in the making…

While other children collect stamps, Una collects passports
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Dok druga deca skupljaju markice, Una skuplja pasose

Truth be told, even though she holds the three citizenships, Una does not actually have any of the three passports shown above. Here is why:

1) The Serbian passport – the passport shown above is the new biometric version that both Una and I yet have to apply for. We still have the old blue passport valid until the end of the year. We’d better hurry I guess although none of my friends/family have the new passport. Serbians are in no rush. Ever. Ask Mark.

2) The Dutch passport – about a week ago Una and I officially became Nederlanders. The ceremony is the main topic of this post, so more about that later. On Wednesday we are going to actually apply for passports. Again, in no rush (we are still the Serbian citizens too).

3) The South African passport – we hope Una gets this one before she turns 18 and has to give it up in any case. It took the SA authorities ~16months to acknowledge her birth and it will take most likely as long to get her passport or so we are told.

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Iskreno receno, iako ima sva tri drzavljanstva, Una ustvari nema ni jedan od pasosa prikazanih na slici. Evo i zasto:

1) Srpski pasos – Una (i ja) i dalje imamo plavi pasos. A posto smo culi da oni vaze do kraja ove godine, bolje da posetimo dobru tetu u ambasadi i zavrsimo posao. Opis Srba iz engleske verzije ne treba da prevodim :).

2) Holandski pasos – Una i ja smo pretprosle subote dobile drzavljanstvo, vise o ceremoniji u nastavku teksta ali jos nismo podnele zahtev za pasos. I tu nam se ne zuri :).

3) Juznoafricki pasos – nadamo se da ce ga Una dobiti pre nego napuni 18 godina (tad mora da izabere jedan od 3). Registracija rodjenja je trajala vise od godinu dana a otprilike toliko ce i pasos.

And now more about the naturalisatieceremonie
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A sad malo vise o samoj ceremoniji

The ceremony was held in the Delft city hall which is a beautiful building dating all the way back to the 13th century.
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Ceremonija je odrzana u gradskoj kuci u Delftu, predivnoj zgradi iz 13-og veka.

The whole thing started with a small reception with tea and coffee in the entry hall. We used the opportunity to take some photos.
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Pocelo je sa malim prijemom sa kafom i cajem u ulaznoj dvorani.

Una between the EU flag and the flag of Delft
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Una izmedju zastava EU i Delfta

Una being her usual self – naughty.
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Una nestasko, kao i obicno.

The actual ceremony took place in de Raadzaal which is the hall where the Delft’s parliament sits (check out the cheese on the table for the new Nederlanders). Right above all the cheese is the portrait of Queen Beatrix.
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Sama ceremonija se odrzala u tzv Raadzaal gde zaseda parlament Delfta (obrati paznju na kolutove sira pripremljene za taze Holandjane). Odmah iznad svog tog sira je portret trenutne kraljice Beatrix.

The mayor of Delft gave a nice speech, welcoming everyone into their Dutchdom :), especially “the young ones, who seem to already have a very formed opinion and are not shy to express it”. Yes, he was referring to Una, who thought that her newly learnt words in the EnDuSe language (English-Dutch-Serbian for those of you not familiar with this widely spoken language) are way more important than the mayor’s speech.
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Gradonacelnik Delfta je prvo odrzao govor, pozelivsi svima dobrodoslicu u drzavljanstvo, posebno “one najmladje, koji ocigledno imaju vec formirano misljenje i ne stide se da ga izraze, cak i u tako mladom dobu”. Naravno, mislio je na Unu, koja je procenila da su njene nedavno naucene reci na SrEnHo jeziku vaznije od toga sto gradonacelnik ima da kaze pa se nadvikivala sa njim.

Our turn to get the certificates (and the cheese!)
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Nas prozivaju da preuzmemo sertifikate (i sir!)

Mark made us take a photo with the mayor. Una was not impressed by his cool chain and kept pointing the mayor to Mark while yelling “Daddy, Daddy!” She obviously thinks that her Daddy is way cooler. And so do I 🙂
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Mark nas je nagovorio da se slikamo sa gradonacelnikom. Una uopste nije bila impresionirana njegovim lancem i non-stop mu je pokazivala u pravcu Marka i drala se “Daddy, Daddy”, po sistemu “to je moj tata i on je mnogo veca faca od tebe”

With all said and done, Una seems to be happy with her third citizenship! Gefeliciteerd!
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Kad je sve zavrseno, Una je ocigledno bila srecna sto je postala Holandjanka. Gefeliciteerd!

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