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Europe » Macedonia » Ohrid July 23rd 2013

From Blato border near Debar, Macedonia to Skopje via Ohrid. Ah to be in Macedonia again. A homecoming of sorts and for me a place where wonderful childhood memories were made – learning to blow bubbles, donkey rides, long grass, catching fire flies, sunshine. The reality of returning to Macedonia was not quite like that. In fact, not at all. Yes there was sunshine (a little too strong), yes there was long grass and I may have even seen a horse and cart. But that is where the comparisons end. Debar, the first town I got to after the border is a small, bustling, down-at-heel place and, to my eyes at least, in need of some government intervention of the monetary kind. Then again, my childhood memories were not made in this place and to be ... read more
Kachamak
Another flower
Mountain road to Galichnik

Europe » Macedonia » Ohrid » Ohrid June 26th 2013

Around 9am, I woke up from a nice sleep. It's my last day in Ohrid and I had to check out of the guesthouse by 11am (Valentin Apartments, around $7 for a single room/shared bath). I am already feeling a bit saddened since I really enjoyed my stay in Macedonia and I greatly appreciated all the the hospitality I encountered, not to mention the country as a whole, including Ohrid, is relatively inexpensive. My bus to Budva, Montenegro does not leave until 10:40pm (around 1400 denars one way) so I have another full day to enjoy the town one more time for the road. I packed all of my bags and kept them in a friend's room and returned to the home of the family I had met the night before! While waiting for one of ... read more

Europe » Macedonia » Ohrid » Ohrid June 25th 2013

Hello again! It has been a while since I have last typed up anything so I decided to free myself from the laziness that has been preventing me from contributing to this site! I actually landed in Skopje June 20th so I'll have to catch up on the previous days! Fast forward to June 25, 2013. After a long day in Bitola, I returned to my base of Ohrid. Feeling hungry I decided to catch a bus to town to grab a bite to eat. As I was pondering over which direction I would take I stopped in front of a house and asked two young teens in passing where I need to catch the bus. After a few hand gestures they pointed behind me (to the house I was standing in front of). Confused, I ... read more
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Europe » Macedonia » Ohrid October 2nd 2012

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is now fortunately known simply as Macedonia. After achieving independence from Yugoslavia in the 1990s, Macedonia was forced to adopt the lengthy moniker in order to avoid tensions with Greece. I only visited Lake Ohrid which many say is the highlight of Macedonia. Hard to disagree as it is beautiful. I am currently in Shkodra, Albania and heading to Budva, Montenegro via Ulcinj tomorrow morning. Albania has been a pleasant surprise. $US ≈ 48MKD (Macedonian dinars) but accommodation and much transport can be paid for with euros Accommodation and food After arriving from Istanbul on a 16 hour bus ride I was not up for a long search for a place to crash. By chance I met a very nice Albanian political organizer who took me around to an ATM ... read more
Roman Amphitheater
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Europe » Macedonia » Ohrid » Ohrid September 17th 2012

Resumo: Opção b. Tive um dia maravilhoso. Estou bem. Hora de ir embora. Sair da Albania para a Macedonia. Opção a) taxi 5euros + ônibus 2euros OU b) caminhar+van 0.4euros+caminhar+cruzar fronteira a pé+caronas? A vida é a soma de nossas escolhas e as minhas são, na maioria das vezes, as menos óbvias. Opção b. Segue abaixo o que para muitos pode parecer banal, mas para mim foi um dia maravilhoso. Caminhei quase 10 minutos ate conseguir encontrar uma van que fosse até Tushemist (última cidade antes da fronteira). A viagem em si foi curta, mas prazerosa ao longo lago Ohrid. Como ninguém aparentemente falava inglês eu disse: “Me, Tushemist, border, Macedonia, walk”. Me senti uma debiloide falando. Rs. A moça do lado parecia ter entendido, falou com o motorista e depois desceu da Van: “mirupafshim” (bye). ... read more
Tks Peter & Vije
Visiting Sveti Naum
Ok .. no bikini

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Europe » Macedonia » Ohrid » Ohrid August 31st 2012

We decided to catch a flight from Belgrade to Ohrid to both save time and border problems between Serbia and Kosovo. What I didn’t realise was that the plane was so small it had propellers, this may sound ridiculous but I am terrified of flying and the smaller the plane is, the more it moves around in the air and the more my irrational fear shows its pretty face. The flight ended up ok…I only left Mikaela with minor bruising on her legs. Lake Ohrid it turns out has an airport so small it does not have an ATM so our first problem was that we couldn’t get any money out for a taxi. The second problem was that in our laziness of travel lately we decided not to write any directions down in the local ... read more
Beautiful Lake
Ready for some swimming
Ancient church St.John Kaneo

Europe » Macedonia » Ohrid July 4th 2012

Macedonië 1 juni t/m 8 juni 2012. vrijdag 1 juni 2012. Vandaag nog de dagelijkse zaken gedaan en om 15.08 uur nemen we de trein naar Schiphol vanaf Geldermalsen. Na een traditionele cappuccino bij Starbuck (nu is onze vakantie begonnen ) vliegen we een kwartier te laat weg maar komen op de geplande tijd aan in Ohrid. We worden opgewacht door Corendon en om een uurtje of 22.00 uur zijn we in ons hotel. Hotel Makpetrol compleet met mooi zwembad, voetbalveld annex tennisbaan en aan een groot meer ( meer van Ohrid ). Het is donker dus veel zien we er niet van. Na een biertje en een verse jus zoeken we ons bed op. Morgenochtend is er een excursie uitleg. Zonde van de tijd en wij spreken met de reisleider af dat wij de 4 ... read more
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Europe » Macedonia » Ohrid August 6th 2011

After the capital in Skopje I headed out towards the Macedonia/Albanian border and arguably the delight in Macdeonia's crown - Ohrid. The town of Ohrid lies beside the beautiful lake that also bears its name and in the summer it is awash with tourists. I couldn't find anywhere to stay in advance as all the hostels were booked up, however, I had heard that on arrival at the bus station you get mobbed by residents offering you home-stays so I chanced my luck and hoped there were some waiting for me when I got there. As it happens there was a reception party waiting and one of the most vocal was a huge bear of a man offering me a room but I wasn't that comfortable with the prospect of sleeping under the same roof as ... read more
Lake Ohrid
Hot spot for weddings
Lake Ohrid

Europe » Macedonia » Ohrid July 26th 2011

Yes I know, I had to look up on the map where it is too!...east of Albania and North of Greece. It’s a small country, with a population of only 2 million. So why did we head there? Well the roads heading south in Albania were reportedly worse than the ones we had already experienced! Hard to believe! We thought it would be good to visit a new country and had heard that Lake Ohrid was nice, so we went to find out. No problems at the border, only they did not have electricity at the time and had to log all comings and goings manually which took time. We also got stung for 50 Euros for the car insurance. We eventually found a campsite 15 km from Ohrid town alongside the lake. They had recently ... read more
Lake Ohrid
Ohrid Ampitheatre
Lake Ohrid

Europe » Macedonia » Ohrid June 27th 2011

I am going to start off by saying that I think this is the tannest I have been in my entire life. We just got back from five days in Ohrid, a lake town about two and a half hours away from Skopje and the most popular vacation destination in Macedonia. Hotels are rather expensive there, so most people opt to rent rooms in a house, which is what we did; Natalie and Nina stayed with family, but David, Leo, Sean, Filip, Sashka, and I all stayed in a house with rooms for rent. The days we spent at th beach, for the most part, and at night we went out, sometimes until very late. On some days we slept past one and didn't get to the beach until after four! It was a blast, and ... read more




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