We traveled to
Once again, we arrived at the station without any local currency, assuming there would be an ATM and it would be easy to exchange some money. I was wrong. There was no one to exchange my few remaining Bulgarian levas for Macedonian denars. I eventually found a money changer who would accept Bulgarian money, but he admitted his exchange rate was so unfavourable he wouldn’t give me a receipt. But I could have my money back. There was a bank machine. However, it only dispensed large bills. Life on the road would be so much easier if ATM machines dispensed smaller denominations. It’s hard to pay for the toilet or negotiate a cab fare with a 1000 denars note! (even though it’s only $23.
Unfortunately, none of our favourite hotel web sites had any suitable listings for
When we arrived and saw the available rooms, we wished he had been born in Sheraton!
We had a late lunch and spent the afternoon walking around the old and new towns. Unfortunately, the temperature was in the low forties, and it felt a lot like being back in
We climbed up to an old fortress from where there were some impressive views of the city. But the heat made it difficult to enjoy the experience.
Mr. Tange would not be pleased with how his ‘
As we wandered around the old town, there was a surprising number of jewelry shops; reminiscent of
Since we didn’t have lunch until 4, we went out for dinner around 10:30. We were astounded to find the street outside our hotel teeming with people. It seemed like
Around midnight, it was just as busy. I asked the couple at the next table why so many people were still eating and drinking. “Don’t people have to go to work in the morning?” I asked. The young man responded in excellent English that it was too hot to go home. Moreover, he said, Macedonian people like to be out with other people. “It’s our culture”
Everyone we met was curious to know why we were in
When we told people we were on an around-the-world trip, they all said we had to see Ohrid in southern