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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 » Skopje June 14th 2013

Skopie and Ohrid Republic of Macedonia 10 to 14 June 2013 At the Bulgaria-Macedonia border crossing, on the Macedonia side, we were nearly turned back because we did not have the International Green Card for insurance of the vehicle. In several of the recent countries we have visited (Serbia and Bulgaria), the vehicle is more important than the people, regarding official documentation. We have to show the ownership and registration papers for the vehicle, but additionally in Macedonia we needed the insurance documents. The Customs guy told us we either had to go back to Bulgaria or pay another 480 Euro for Insurance. We knew we had already paid this in The Netherlands. I suddenly remembered I had an email from the person in Holland who we had bought the vehicle through and the email attachment ... read more
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Europe » Macedonia » Bitola May 22nd 2013

More Mercedes Benz or Porches than you'll ever see in your lifetime. Welcome to Albania! I knew so little about this region before cycling through this amazing country just 5 days ago, where loyalty and integrity amongst the men rules above all else. I have cycled on the motorway, handled a loaded gun given to me by a student in an internet cafe and witnessed unscrupulous amounts of money being flaunted as the latest luxury cars drive through the streets of the capital Tirana. But before I carry on let me wind back just a couple of weeks to when I left the beautiful city of Sarajevo.... Just 20 km south of the Bosnian Capital, whilst stopping to take a photograph, I was asked to join Rafik and his Muslim family for a coffee. I had ... 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
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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
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Europe » Macedonia July 22nd 2012

Macedonia - 1 Week Macedonia is a small but very mountainous country with pleasant people and nice scenery. Macedonia is famous for Alexander the Great and poppies apparently but I saw no poppies and Alex has some statues and an airport named after him....wicked (as Ali G would say). Personally I would say that Macedonia is like a massive farm and should be famous for vegetables or farming, farming and tractors as there were tractors everywhere. There were churches and mosques with more mosques closer to the border with Albania, it was nice to see two religions co-existing. Orhid was a nice touristy destination located on a scenic lake and I decided to get a hotel room partly due to my desire to shower, have a beer and also because I couldn't resist a room ... read more
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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 » Bitola June 8th 2012

GÜN 02 GÜNLERDEN CUMA: Sabah erkenden uyandım … Hızla toparlandım ve oyalanmadan yola çıktım. Asprovalta, ana yol kıyısında olduğundan , hızla anayola ulaşabiliyorsunuz. Asprovalta' nın seçilme sebebi de buydu zaten ... Kozani' ye varınca kuzeye yöneldim ... Her ne kadar, Yunanlılar, Makedon hududunu saklamak için muazzam bir gayret gösteriyorlarsa da, daha geçenlerde buralarda olduğum için hududa sorunsuz vardım. Anladığım kadarı ile Yunanlılar Makedonlara takık, Zira maazallah Makedonya' ya gideceğim deseniz, Yol Kenarına A4 kağıdı büyüklüğünde levhalara FYRM yazmışlar ... sen, bunun açılımının "Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" olduğunu bileceksin ve olur da bu levhaların farkına varırsan izleyerek hududa varacaksın ... Zor Çamaşı... read more

Europe » Macedonia » Struga June 8th 2012

GÜN 02 GÜNLERDEN CUMA: Ohrid'e sapmadan direkt Struga’ ya vardım . Otelim Aruba yı buldum .. Otel sahibi İzmit 'i nerede bıraktıysam orada idi … Yerini bile değiştirmemiş. Bu kez tek olduğum için fiyatta indirim yaptı.. Kabul etmedim ve geçen seferki bedeli ödemek istediğimi söyledim.. Gülüştük… Zaten üç on para alıyor ...bir de indirim yapacak ...yüreğim kaldırmaz Para bozmak için Struga merkez' e gittim.. Arabayı bir Pazar yerinin yanına park edip, banka aramağa başladım .. Pazarcılardan Sevil hanım, derhal yardımcı oldu ve parayı kendi bozdu.. "Kötü adam"lara karşı beni sıkı sıkı tembihledi.. Makedonla evlenmiş bir laz kızı Sevil hanım.. Gerçekten beni kollama gayretini görünce insan duygulanıyor.. ... read more

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