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Published: December 12th 2008
A mosque at dusk
We had another slightly stressful trip on our way to Ohrid, Macedonia. Thanks to another inaccurate Lonely Planet map, we were unable to find the tourist agency in Tirana where we were supposed to buy our bus tickets. No one told us that you can just buy them on the bus! We ran around looking for this place while also trying to exchange our money, as Albanian Leke is virtually worthless outstide of the country. In the end, we were reassured by a couple americans waiting for the same bus that tickets were sold on board.
We got in to Ohrid in the afternoon and found our guesthouse. We went out for food but it was starting to get dark so we retired to our room to spend the rest of the night watching Animal Planet (our new favourite channel). Ohrid is set on the shores of the massive Lake Ohrid. The lake is supposedly ancient so there's a lot of really unique fish in it, including the Ohrid Trout. This almost-extinct fish is now officially illegal to catch but can still be found at local markets. We were told not to buy it for ethical reasons, but the 30
A mosque in the afternoon. This one was from the 16th century
euro/kilo price tag scared us away anyway.
After Ohrid we moved on to the capital city, Skopje. There really wasn't much to see there. We walked around one day but didn't see anything of great interest. We did see an older gentleman pushing a wheelbarrow down the sidewalk with a bloodied, dead sheep inside. That was pretty surprising. We spent a lot of our time relaxing at the hostel which had a nice wood stove (perfect for the Eastern Europe autumn). The women's European Handball Championships were happening in Skopje at the time but, sadly, the tickets were Olympic-priced.
We're pretty excited to move on to Istanbul soon. We've been in the Balkan countries for a long time now and it's time to see something different. Next stop is Sofia, Bulgaria where we'll stay for a couple days before taking an overnight bus to Istanbul.
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