German in Serbia is making the best brandy: He fell in love with Jela and "blue gold" (PHOTO) (VIDEO)
Maybe the modesty and the kindness of this woman is the reason one German fell in love with Sumadija and decided to spend his retirement days in the center of Serbia
In the time when many want to go from Serbia to Germany, one German came to Sumadija. It is not unusual for someone to come and live here, but to cultivate plums, and in the village which is one of the most famous makers if the "blue gold", that is considered to be courage. And lets think that he came to make money from plums, but not, that is not the case. Hanc Balfans arrived to Sumadija because of the love for a woman.
Hanc came to village Cumic, next to Kragujevac. From the German city Pasau. This is where he met Hela, who was born in Cumic and spent her entire working life in Germany. This is where she fell in love and married. When she finished her working years, she returned to Cumic.
- I returned to build a house and to wait for my husband from Germany. I still works there. When he saw the village where I was born in, he fell in love with it and with the people living there. We decided to spend our retirement days here - Jela explains.
Hanc is a consultant by profession, whose specialty is organization of work and finances. He was an advisor to the world-famous automotive companies. His advisers hour is charged many times more than the daily wage in Serbia. However, it seems, he is not so bad in organizing the plum orchards.
On the property of his wife Jela, he planted 100 plants of plums. In the time of harvest, Hanc comes to Cumic to check if they are ripe and everything is ready for harvest.
- I decided to come here and to plant plums because if my wife Jela. Love brought me here, and I saw that a man from Cumic is cultivating plums and makes brandy on traditional way. That amazed me. I let my self to the locals to give me advices what kind of plums should I plant and how to take care of them - explains Hanc why he spends his expensive consultant time in Sumadija.
He said that he will make brandy from this year's batch because the fruits are in different color and the price of purchase is low.
- That does not disturb me, on the contrary. On the meetings around Europe, instead of some expensive and known whiskey, I carry my brandy. Partners try it and they are speechless. This is where I first saw a fired up cauldron and gathered people, crowds to pick plums. That "bought" me to love Sumadija this much. It is different in Germany, people gather much less - he said.
This foreigner treats his plums like a hobby for now, but he can't wait for his retirement days. He will move to Sumadija and completely devote himself to make plums and to process them . He plans to build a brandy basement where he will organize tastings, to at least try to compete with people from Sumadija in making brandy.
Jela Belfans, the reason why a German came to Sumadija, is known to the Telegraf readers from April this year, because, as well as her husband, are greatest benefactors and humanitarians in this part of the Sumadija. Jela donated a lot of money to restore the village school in Cumic, who has tendencies to deal with educational tourism.
Last years, locals from Cumic moved old school building from 1792 and set it next to the new school. Children from entire Serbia, when they come to excursions, will be able to "travel through time" in that school - written on the wax plates and to deal with art and science in a way they never had the opportunity. Jela said that her husband donated 2.500 euros to school and landed at least that much more. Later locals told for Telegraf that Jela donated much more in machinery and other needs.
Maybe the modesty and the kindness of this woman is the reason one German fell in love with Sumadija and decided to spend his retirement days in the center of Serbia.
Watch this jewel in Sumadija:
(Telegraf.co.uk / Marija Raca)
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