Sunday, July 26, 2015

ohrid and skopje, macedonia

What's the best part about Macedonia? It's the perfect base for discovering the Balkans. Our trip started and ended in Skopje, with a stop also in Ohrid.

Firstly, Ohrid by the lake... Ohrid. Being probably the most scenic city of the country, it was by far the most touristy stop on our route. Streets packed with random shiny clothing stores, a group of old Latvian ladies with their tour guides at every corner, and cafes putting up as many Coca-Cola sunshades as possible to keep anyone from actually getting an idea of the main street's architecture. I'm actually a little sad that we didn't have more time to invest in exploring this place, cause i'm sure the lakeside has a lot more to offer. Thankfully I managed to convince Matt to take a short walk with me to the Church of St John at Kaneo, at least. We got there right at sunset and it was absolutely beautiful! By the way, fun fact: Ohrid supposedly once had 365 churches, one for each day of the year, making it the "Jerusalem of the Balkans".

We arrived in Skopje super late at night and our always loyal Google Maps estimated our accommodation location wrong by about 5km. Macedonia treating us with a middle-of-the-night adventure again. But after an hour of wandering around, spending all the phone credit from Kyle's as well as my phone and making the administrator guy run through the whole city centre (according to him) we finally arrived at our apartment. Have to say, an aparment in the centre for 10 euros per person was a pretty sweet deal by our judgement. The same can be said about our glorious breakfast next to the Alexander the Great statue at the main square. And i have to give Skopje some credit for them seeming to have every single thing in the town centre under construction at the same time, pretty impressive. So that was our Macedonia. Oh yea, and then we managed to lose each other right before our flight. :D

Don't get me wrong, I still love crazy places more than anything.

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And a little bit of Skopje too. Statues. Everywhere.

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And well, what it really looked like. :D

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