I’ve been hanging out in Skopje for a few days
It feels fairly small, but it’s the largest city in Macedonia, and it’s the capital. There is an interesting (re: disturbing) thing going on in Skopje within the last few years. The government decided to pour millions of dollars into some redevelopment in the main square area, primarily to add several huge statues that are a little Vegas-esque. The problem is that none of the citizens wanted this done, so they are kind of standing around with their hands in the air like, “Um, could you have used that money on something that will actually help us instead?”
It was meant to bring more tourists, and I think that is happening possibly. Had I not known about the history behind most of the statues, they wouldn’t have seemed as near as gawdy to me😆 I liked it here, very slow, laidback, quiet place. At any rate, here are some pictures of Skopje (pronounced SKOPE-yeh).
On the north bank (north of the Vardar River), the Kale Fortress, other important buildings, and the Old Bazaar are located. Apparently, the Albanians live on the north bank, while the ethnic Macedonians live on the south, and a lot of them don’t intermix… so there’s that.
The Kale Fortress overlooks the river and city, and it was built in the 6th Century.
Mother Teresa was born in Skopje (or, whatever the town was called 100 years ago), so they have a cool memorial house for her, where her former house she lived in stood.
I stayed at this little 8-room hotel that I really liked. It was actually inside a shopping mall and right by the square, so a close walk to everything. The room was pretty big actually, it was perfect for me.
This place is superrrr inexpensive. Loved it!
I also took a day trip to see Lake Matka, which is a lovely place, in the nature:), with hiking paths, and it’s only 30 minutes outside of town.
Skopje is fairly small, but it is Europe, so nice cafes (re: coffee) and restaurants were plentiful. I didn’t have tons of stuff to do, but it was relaxing, and if all I have to do all day is decide which coffeeshop to go to, then I am perfectly happy with doing just that, so no complaints😊.
Next up: Croatia