Idvor is 40 km distance from Novi Sad, an ideal destination for a one-day excursion…
A little place in the south Banat wasteland, on the border between the two empires, the Austro-Hungarian and the Turkish… It was so undeveloped that the first church was a monument in whose depression was just an icon and an cresset, and the population lived in earth houses, because they were easier to defend…
Why did I come to Idvor?
Because in Idvor something happened that will forever put it on all maps of the world. Pupin was born here.
He was born in a family of ten children, to the mother Olympiada and father Kosta. The mortality of children was very great at that time, so as soon as he was born he was immediately placed in the hands of his grandfather to carry him to the church and baptize him before something bad happened.
On the left side of the main road through the village is the birth house of Mihailo Idvorski Pupin.
Totally unannounced, which was against protocol, we entered the yard.
Here we were welcomed by the kind museum director, who, with great enthusiasm, told us in some small, unobtrusive house some very important stories.
The furniture is not genuine, but it is from that epoch, except the icon that has remained preserved.
There is also the original furnace, which Pupin mentions in his famous memoirs, for which he was the only Serbian to receive the Pulitzer Prize.
I felt very welcome and I have to praise everyone working there.
Which providence led the illiterate Olympia Pupin, we will never know. Basically, after he sold his coat and books, she sent a young Michael with one baked chicken on his way to America.
His chicken was stolen, and, so as not to freeze to death, he hugged the boats chimney on a journey that lasted for 14 days. For the only dollar he had, he bought a piece of pie. He had been doing the hardest physical tasks for five years, then he was admitted to the University of Columbia and left it as a legend.
Pupin carred a lot for his homeland, and when he talked about his mother, he did it with a lot of respect and while always standing. In his hometown he built an endowment, which he planned to convert to a university.
The main hall was ahead of its time and it had a generator and a village announcement.
Pupin helped educate many children. We can thank him for all the preserved pictures of Uros Predic, his school friend. He helped many poor girls to get a dowry, and he founded a fund for single mothers.
Thanks to Pupin, the Serbian tricolor flag can be found on the American Capitol. Bijo was also credited with joining Banat in Serbia, the owner of 34 patents, the winner of Pulitzer and Edison’s medal, proclaimed one of the 50 fathers of the nation in America … hi did much for one human lifetime.
But Pupin was still just a man, which was proven by his fight with Tesla. He sided with Markony’s and he did not speak with Tesla for the next 30 years. When Pupin was on his deathbed, he invited Tesla to apologize to him.
Near Pupin’s museum, there is also the church in which he was baptized.
The locals seem to know that they have given the world a scientist without whom it would not be possible to call from one end of the world to another, so they devoted themselves to the watermelon cultivation and competition in rolling them. Here you can choose the largest and sweetest watermelon every August. If it is said that the watermelon is from Idvor, it is immediately carried home to a cooling without checking if it’s good or not. Pupin grew up on such watermelons as well. As he says, neither he nor Tesla would become what they were if they, as children, didn’t enjoy observing the starry sky of their homeland.
On our way home, we passed through Titel. It is a shame not to experience the evening by the river Tisa. Where there is a river there are also restaurants, so this trip could only end in one way.
The smell of fresh fish soup is ‘heard’ far. I also made a new friend.
A large number of fishermen visit Tisa, so it’s no wonder that there are so many boats here.
What do you think about Idvor an Titel?
Did I miss anything?
Traveled and enjoyed,