Monday, August 2 — Scopje
Cross border, drive to hotel, check in to room 206. Walked through the massive and up to the Skopje Fortress for excellent views and very serene and sentimental sunset. As I was leaving the fort, the call to prayer began, and by chance I wolked through the grounds of mosque once the prayers ended. I hear boom, boom bass and find a wedding going on at . I then walk around the Turkish bazaa and find a very local-looking spot called Kebapcilnica KOSMOS, where I order what everyone else is having: sujic/sucuk kebab. I continue walking around more and see many people in festive moods. There are also many Roma people begging, playing music and letting their kids run free. They seem quite happy yet living a tough life at the same time. As I begin to walk back to my hotel, I see so many poeple heading into the Turkish bazaar. I am very impressed, being a Monday night, but I later learned it was the evening of the national holiday called Ilinden, or Republic Day.
Tuesday August 3 — Scopje
Chill day in the morning. Long bike ride in the afternoon inlcuding a stop at the bus station to suss out the next parts. There are buses that go everywhere form this bus station. There is an hourly to Lake Ohrid. To Prizren, it’ a 4-hour bus ride that leaves at 11:30am and 4:00pm, daily. (The return to Skopje is at 9am and 3pm.) Tirana (580 denar) is eight hours away at 8am, 9am and 9pm. Podgorica bus leaves at 9pm and lasts 10 hours. The Istanbul bus departs at 7pm and arrives there at 7am. I decide on the Kosovar bus, but they tell me to simply buy the ticket on the bus the next day, "No sell out."
In the evening, I hit up the Turkish bazaar again. I just love it there.
Wednesday, August 4 — Bus to Prizren
One last wonder to the Turkish bazaar to buy my shirt and the national museum in the old Ottoman baht house. Very impressive. Then I taxi over to the bus station and we take off at 11:30am. The border crossing goes well, but apparently there's no record of me entering the country. No big deal as I say the system was down and they handwrote my entry status. No biggle! What a chill country!
Friday, August 6 — Lake Ohrid
Drive from Prizren to Ohrid, Check into room 302 with excellent balcony, Chill. Sunset walk along the boardwalk, Outstanding DJ with violin player
Saturday, August 7 — Lake Ohrid
Breakfast at hotel, check out. Check into room 103 at Villa Urbana. Walk around town, mushroom pizza for lunch. Swim and epic sunset walk along boardwalk passed wedding and acoustic band. Played stir it up in the stand up bass. Dinner with excellent Macedonian band called Select Band, at Hotel nova riviera. The audience was singing and dancing along to all the Balkan classics. The food was terrible though, with a super salty country pork in salty broth and so/so Macedonian salad.
Sunday, August 8 — Lake Ohrid
Move back to City Palace, room 404. Lunch of Fish soup and Greek salad at royal view restaurant. Sleep. Swim at jetty. At some fried local small fish, 15 with galric and curry sauce. Walk up to the fort, but it was closed, walked to the Serbian church, Saw Jazz band, walked aroudn town. Had excellent chicken gyro.