Ben Around the World Diary – 4th June 2018

Ben Around the World Diary – 4th June 2018

  • ODO 2179km
  • Location Serbia
  • Weather 22-33℃ Hot
  • Feelings Happy after a day of friendly encounters

After a couple of days in Croatia I realised that standing still is better than walking to keep mosquitoes off you. The problem with walking is you attract new followers and kick up others from the grass until you have have the whole districts mozzies on your tail.

Over the course of my day I’ve had friendly encounter after friendly encounter. From a couple in white van pointing me in the right direction to chatting to locals outside the ubiquitous NTI supermarket. Most think I’m German. My greeting of Bolk gets me a long way.

Crossing the river Drava that I’d been following throughout the lowlands into Serbia the scene changed but the friendliness continued.

Every 10th car would give me Beeps of hello. I passed through communities with colourful shops and business and winding grids of streets. Very different to the lone farms and endless one street villages across the border.


Ben Bowler is the Co-Founder of Chew, the live streaming community that connects a new generation of DJs, producers and personalities. Having built his career in music and media companies AEI Media and Vice, he noticed young fans today are no longer passive consumers but content creators as well. Launching Chew in January 2015 the community has exploded internationally in the first year and Ben has received press and industry notice, being awarded the IMS Visionaries award last year. Ben continues to build and expand Chew internationally throughout 2016.
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