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Ohrid, Macedonia

sunny 28 °C

I needed a few days to recuperate after my first six weeks on the road and Ohrid provided the perfect venue for me to sit back and do nothing for a bit. There is a fair bit of culture here, with some beautiful small churches in the old town area perched high on a hill overlooking the modern city which surrounds it. Attached there should be a few pics to show you how peaceful and serene the location truly is, one of the church, and another of the lake from atop the hill. It is Europe's deepest lake and one of the five oldest in the world. On a clear day one can see across - a fifteen km distance - to Albania. Most people who I met at the hostel had actually come from that direction, tempting me to again go out of my way. But instead I used whatever free days I felt I had to extend my stay here, and really with no end in mind but to sit on the third floor balcony of the hostel, reading my book and admiring the lake view before me. It really felt great to be lazy again, to not feel pressure to see x museum or y church but to simply be for a bit before returning to the grind of the road. The people again were great, including the guy who owned and ran the hostel, a 24 year old Finnish dude who liked to show everyone where to go out at night, to hang out like one of the travelers most of the day. I even spent one evening out at a bar with three guys from Kosovo, and though I tried to limit the conversation about their home, I did acquire a pretty healthy awareness of what its like there. In truth, I now regret not having gone that direction. My mom just cringed I think. Anyway, had a blast sitting back, hanging out, doing very little, and putting off my next move for a couple days and really feel ready to tackle the next portion of my journey. It was sad leaving the former Yugoslav republics, but Bulgaria and Romania should be pretty cool. Enjoy the photos...



Posted by AAY 02:17 Archived in Macedonia Tagged backpacking

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