Category Archives: REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA

Republic of Macedonia: The Hidden Cave on the Lake

Location of The Republic of Macedonia in Europe
Location of Republic of Macedonia in Europe

 

Theme: West Balkan & Turkey War Tour  Country: Republic of Macedonia  Language Macedonian  Unit of Currency: Macedonian denar   Location: Matka & Skopje  Year: 2013   Bucket list: Signature jumpin’ photograph in a lake cave

Pathways; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Pathways; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

DO:  SAIL TO THE CAVE ON THE LAKE

Matka:
  • Visiting a cave on the lake only by a boat
Welcome to Matka; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Welcome to Matka; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Boat Captain, Amet; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Boat Captain, Amet; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Church St. Andrew; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Church St. Andrew; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

History of Church St. Andrew; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
History of Church St. Andrew; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Church St. Andrew; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Church St. Andrew; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Mate's House on the Lake; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Mate’s House on the Lake; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Lake View; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Lake View; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Lake in the Cave; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Lake in the Cave; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Signature Jumpin' Photograph; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Signature Jumpin’ Photograph; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Map of Cave; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Map of Cave; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Boat Captain, Amet; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Boat Captain, Amet; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Reflection on the Lake; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Reflection on the Lake; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Barrel of Wine; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Barrel of Wine; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Church St. Andrew; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Church St. Andrew; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Nature of Matka; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Nature of Matka; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Macedonian Beer; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Macedonian Beer; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Cave Restaurant; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Cave Restaurant; Matka, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

DO:  TAKE A STROLL AROUND THE CITY

Skopje:
  • Walking around a populated city, encountering a small taste of Turkey’s culture, and exploring the city’s creativity
Shanti Hostel Entrance; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Shanti Hostel Entrance; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Martina, me, and Rosalie; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Martina, me, and Rosalie; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Great Mates; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Great Mates; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Strike a Pose; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Strike a Pose; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

City Center; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
City Center; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Night Photograph; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Night Photograph; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Art Street; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Art Street; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Turkish Flag; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Turkish Flag; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Old Building; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Old Building; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Fortress Closed; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Fortress Closed; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Balkan University; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Balkan University; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Fortress; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Fortress; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Balloon Messages; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Balloon Messages; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

A Touch of Turkey; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
A Touch of Turkey; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Landmarks; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Landmarks; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Mother Teresa House; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Mother Teresa House; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Mother Teresa House; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Mother Teresa House; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Mother Teresa House; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Mother Teresa House; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Landmarks of City; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Landmarks of City; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Creative View of Church; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Creative View of Church; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Creative View of Church; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Creative View of Church; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Church; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Church; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

City Center Night; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
City Center Night; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Bridge Night View; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Bridge Night View; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Bridge Night View; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Bridge Night View; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Night View Under Bridge; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Night View Under Bridge; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Bridge; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Bridge; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Statue; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Statue; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Bridge Opening; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Bridge Opening; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Skate Grind House; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Skate Grind House; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Art in the City; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Art in the City; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

 

Bicycle Path; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
Bicycle Path; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013

The Best of Republic of Macedonia:

First impressions of Skopje at night: After the 4 hour bus ride from Pristina, Kosovo I was relieved to arrive in the early evening. Once set on exploring the city’s nightlife, I quickly checked-in to Urban Hostel. My quest for the night was to view the silhouette of Fortress Kale. To my surprise, the shape of the fortress stood out against the light-shaded moon and background. It was definitely a beautiful, and unexpected sight!

There were a lot of great highlights during my time in Republic of Macedonia, but these top three are the ones that stood out the most:

1) It really is a small world – Consequently, I met up some girls in Pristina, Kosovo who were living in Macedonia for quite some time. Since Skopje was on my list, it was only natural to take the opportunity and visit with them during my travels. Once I was introduced to their international friends, I had my first Macedonian dinner. And that started the tale of how I lost my favorite purple-collared shirt! 

2) The cave hidden in the mountains – Since I love caving, it was penciled in my itinerary to journey to Matka (roughly 45 km outside of Skopje). During this time, I was the only tourist located on the mountain, but my tour guide definitely made it worth my while when we went by boat to enter the cave. In the end, I even took a signature jumpin’ photograph and managed to not disturb the bats lurking in the cave! 

3) High energy of the Old Bazaar protesters – The trek across Stone Bridge with the whispered warning of protesters in the area made it an interesting experience in this unique location. Not only did this place help create the “Turkey” experience that I longed for, but on this particular day, I had also gotten a taste of the hate within the Macedonian and Albanian groups – fortunately, many civilians came together and wrote positive messages on balloons expressing their love and devotion on ending war between the two parties.

Next stop: Tirana, Albania!

War is Over; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013
War is Over; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 2013