This post really dates back to July 6 when we went to the Rtanj Mountain festival, but I just got a chance to put the music files together that I recorded of the band. They're an awesome trumpet band called Timocani and when you listen to them play (and yes -- drink still more rakija) it's hard not to feel just a little Serbian.
The Rtanj Festival started as a religious celebration, and morphed into a celebration of the flowering season on Rtanj Mountain, near Sokobanja. Rtanj is famous for the plants that only grow on that particular mountain. They are used for medicinal teas and oils and other things -- including wreaths for girls big and small. People from all the surrounding villages hop in cars, or on tractors and ride up the mountain -- some to pick flowers, and some to party. Some camp out the night before -- some arrive the day of. So if you happen to have a lamb roasting on a spit and a bottle of homemade plum brandy nearby, you can listen to these recordings of Timocani and have your own Rtanj festival wherever you are right now.