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  • Day68

    Ohrid - die Perle Mazedoniens

    June 22 in Macedonia

    Unser Shuttle-Service stand pünktlich bereit zur Abfahrt. Für 20,-€ fuhr uns ein Familienmitglied von Rino nach Ohrid (oben zum Eingang auf die Burg 🏰, eine Empfehlung von dort die Besichtigung der Stadt und seiner Sehenswürdigkeiten zu starten) und wir konnten eine individuelle Uhrzeit zur Abholung am Hafen wieder ausmachen. Wir nutzen gerne solche Angebote, da wir 1. nie wissen wie der Verkehr in den Städten ist, 2. die Parkplatz-Situation oftmals sich als schwierig herausstellt (die Parkplätze in Ohrid am Hafen sind sehr chaotisch, 3. wir hassen es ständig auf- und abzubauen, 4. das Camp ⛺️ ist bewacht 😉 ...

    Wir starteten also mit unserer Besichtigung oben auf der Burg 🏰 von Ohrid. Es gab noch Überreste der Burgmauer auf der wir entlang spazierten und die tolle Aussicht auf den See, das Bergpanorama ⛰ und die Alt- und Neustadt von Ohrid genossen. Weiter ging es über Kopfsteinpflaster bergab zu den Überresten einer orthodoxen Klosteranlage. Eine tolle Anlage mit ebenso genialen Blick über den Ohrid See.

    Über das kleine Amphitheater 🏟 und weitere Kirchen ⛪️ und Klosteranlagen ging es in die Altstadt von Ohrid. Ganz besonders haben es mir die zauberhaften Straßenlaternen in Form von alten Häusern angetan ... so süß! Allgemein fanden wir die Altstadt von Ohrid sehr ansprechend und haben uns direkt sehr Wohlgefühlt. Ganz besonders gut hat uns die orthodoxe Kirche „St. John at Kaneo“ gefallen, da sie direkt an den Klippen zum Ohrid See liegt und über den Strand, einige Stege auf dem Wasser etc. zu erreichen ist. Ein Ort zum verweilen und genießen!

    Zum Schluss ging es für uns nochmal in die Neustadt ... wir bummelten über den Basar und schlenderten an vielen Cafés, Bars und Restaurants vorbei und genossen noch zwei riesige Kugeln Eis 🍦. Pünktlich wurden wir am vereinbarten Treffpunkt im Hafen abgeholt. Super Service 👍!

    Den Eindruck, den wir von Ohrid und ein klein wenig von Mazedonien erhalten haben, ist definitiv positiv. Wer durch Albanien reist und sowieso einen Stopp am Ohrid See einlegt, sollte der Stadt Ohrid auf jeden Fall einen Besuch abstatten. Wir können es zu 💯 Prozent empfehlen ... und sind sogar am überlegen, weitere Ziele auf unserem Roadtrip 🚐💨 durch Europa 🗺 in Mazedonien noch anzufahren. Mal sehen wo unsere Route noch entlang führt ... wer weiß das schon ?!?! ... wir auf jedenfall nicht 😉!

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  • Day4

    Not horrid, its Ohrid!

    August 8 in Macedonia

    After a mountainous 3 hour bus ride from Skopje, we arrived in the beautiful lakeside town of Ohrid. The lake is huge and feels more like a sea/ocean.

    After checking into our waterfront accommodations ($35cad), we found a lakeside restaurant to grab a quick bite to eat and sample some Macedonian wine, then ventured off to see the sights. Ohrid has a fantastic old town with narrow cobblestone streets to wander through that lead you to quaint authentic Macedonian restaurants and eventually to tiny pebble beaches backed by rock cliffs.

    Exploring a bit further along and eventually above the water you stumble upon picturesque orthodox churches perched atop high cliff walls that drop to the water below. Climbing even higher leads to a huge stone fortress with amazing views of the town, mountains and lake. An ancient amphitheatre completes the loop as you follow the cobblestone roads back into the old town.

    We enjoyed some more Macedonian wine at a restaurant in a pretty cobblestone lane and eventually found a stunning waterside establishment for dinner. Finished our night at a jazz club and left around midnight as we had a very early bus ride to catch.

    It's hard to think of a more perfect place. Mountains that drop to the azure waters, a gorgeous cobbled street old town, waterfront establishments, and ancient fortifications. A bit sad to leave after such a perfect day and place. Fantastic last day in Macedonia. SP
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  • Day10

    A walk around Ohrid

    August 13, 2016 in Macedonia

    Walks are what we do best :) Today, it was the first day we walked around Ohrid in sunlight. I'm falling in love with this place more and more every second. It really is special. (Unfortunatelly we are leaving early tomorrow morning.)

  • Day10

    Makedonia

    June 19, 2017 in Macedonia

    Heute hat es uns in die UNESCO Weltkulturerbestadt Ohrid verschlagen. Grenzübertritt Albanien - Mazedonien problemlos. Eine völlig andere Welt erwartet uns schlagartig. Viel mehr Verkehr, größere, schicke Häuser, Tourismus. Letzterer augenscheinlich im Rahmen des erträglichen. Ohrid ist der Hammer. Eine kulturhistorisch hoch interessante Stadt mit einem coolen Beachflair ala Ibiza. Ein Reiseziel für die Tiger!
    Ein Stadtführer spricht uns an und führt uns 4 Stunden. Eine unfassbare Historie hat diese Stadt. 10 % Muslime, 90% griechisch Orthodoxe Menschen leben hier. X Kirchen, Ausgrabungen, Historische Gebäude,eine interessante Universität. Eine am See beginnende , in den Berg aufsteigende Altstadt.
    Wir überlegen im Hafen für eine Nacht stehen zu bleiben und uns ins Axellike😀 Nachtleben zu stürzen... Mal sehen!?
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  • Day23

    Lake Ohrid

    April 26, 2017 in Macedonia

    Woke up and packed up our final things, returned our key, payed and had reception order us a taxi.
    We probably should have left a little earlier because there was way more traffic than expected.. but we made it onto the bus in time
    :)
    Ew, what a horrible journey. The driver should be fired. Not only were the roads so bendy but he was thumping the break pedal.
    Me and Will both felt so sick. And sleepy.
    We had a 10 minute stop essentially for the driver to eat because I'm quite confident he would have driven off without us had I not been watching him. We sped back to the bus just in time.
    The food was good but we didn't get to finish it. We asked for lemonade but we're given a bitter lemon which was disgusting and tasted exactly as the name suggests.
    I think I slept for maybe 30 mins out of the 3.5hr drive. I kept banging my head against the wall with his terrible driving.
    I was getting very agitated but nothing compared to Will. He was quickly losing it.
    We did finally arrive - at which time the bus driver nearly ran into us - he was a real dick.
    We needed to sit for a while because we both wanted to vomit. Will had a cappuccino in a local store so we could sit and have access to the toilets.
    After, we caught a taxi from Ohrid to our hostel.
    Our taxi driver was great - we are possibly going to call him later in the week to take us for a private tour around the lake which crosses into Albania.
    Our hostel is cute, like little handmade cottages.
    We had a 4 hour sleep then finally were ready to get going.
    We met an English guy (not really fussed by him) and went to dinner at a local resturant together - pretty uneventful. The lake is STUNNING. And huge. Over 300m deep.
    On the way to the resturant there was a dog i patted so it happily followed us for a long while.
    Back at the hostel I had a shower and FINALLY washed my hair. The shower is a little bit better than the last place but still not great. Will doesn't fit this one either hahaha.
    We then went up and sat with a few people around a table. One girl was polish and the others worked at the place.
    The others went on a hike today and picked some thyme so we all had a pot of thyme tea :) I quite liked it. Will hated it.
    We then went inside and watched a terrible terrible Macedonian movie. It was so bad I couldn't look away.
    The polish girl has given us some spots to visit in Poland so that's exciting :)
    There is a dog here who I had a play with - Labrador :D
    There is a bee in our room but we have lost it now :S I don't want to get stung.
    Our room is small but cosy.
    Today was another waste day. Tomorrow we will hopefully pick up the pace again :)
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  • Day24

    Lake Ohrid

    April 27, 2017 in Macedonia

    Asked for directions on how to get to town (supposedly 8km away) then caught the bus in. The bus is more like a school bus and the driver didn't give us our change but oh well. It was like 20c. We dropped most of the bus people off at a school, it was like 12:30.. not sure what the go is but it looked like they were just about to start school?
    If school in Australia started at 12:30 I would have been on time more often.
    The town is friggen stunning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I am in love.
    Cobbled streets, cute stores and trees that back onto the most beautiful scenic lake. Can't deal. STUNNING.
    We first had crappy breakfast (that's the one thing Greece does better - food) then went for a walk. We walked onto the dock - amazing! We were pestered a lot for boat rides though which was annoying.
    There was so many fish in the bay and one very clever but extremely random swan.
    We kept walking and came across St Sophia's which was a nice church with frescoes, a lot have unfortunately been destroyed with time but still lovely all the same. It cost 100 denars to get in for international visitors and cheaper for domestic but it didn't annoy me cause at least they had a sign specifying it rather than some cheapo door man seemingly making up his own rules. We kept walking with no real aim up steep hills and came across another church - St Clements monastery of St Paneleimon. It was pretty dull, the highlight was that a stray cat caught a lizard to eat. I walked over to have a look at the gift shop outside and instantly regretted it. The man came to life, he was probably so excited to have a visitor. I walked away awkwardly. I felt bad for him.
    There are so many lizards it's weird.
    What's even weirder is the ticket guy gave us student discounts for no reason. He was like
    " are you students" and I said " super technically I am but can't prove it" and he said " naaa you look like students" and gave us half price entry.
    It's not usual for a discount here, normally the complete opposite where they try to rip you off. It was refreshing.
    We then kept walking us the hill to St samuels fortress which was boring itself but the views were S.P.E.C.T.A.C.U.L.A.R.
    We walked back down the hill and came across an "antique theatre" not ancient but antique haha.
    It looks as if it might still be used. I just thought it would be a great stage to dance on. It is super old though so we think the holes in some of the rows might be for pooing into, then someone collects your bucket hahah.
    On our stroll down the hill I bought a macedonia T-shirt and made a dog friend. I gave him a shmacko. He doesn't belong to the shop owner but has basically been adopted - they feed her and she hangs out with the' everyday :)
    We went for a quick shop with the intention of buying pegs, a drink, sunscreen, cereal and hair detangler cause I had a hissy fit this morning cause my hair has lost the plot.
    We finally found pegs but sunscreen seems to be an impossible task.
    I can feel my face turning into a giant cancer.
    We then went and sat at a resturant for hours chatting and looking at the view. Will has beer and I had dessert :D
    We got chatting to this English couple next to us. The man had me in stitches several times.
    Mainly when another man appeared wearing a silver leather jacket. The commentary for that particular Moment was hysterical. He looked liked he'd been wrapped in alfoil.

    We caught a taxi home and are now having some alone time. We chatted to them for hours.
    We had a wonderful day.

    Omg yuck Will was holding my hand for ages and I thought he was either scratching or cleaning my nails but he was using my nails to clean his nails. Not cool.
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  • Day25

    Lake Ohrid

    April 28, 2017 in Macedonia

    Woke up and turned the alarm clock off before Will could hear it muahaha.
    Dad called this morning to make sure the number I gave him worked so that was good :) was nice to hear his voice but we had to hang up or else it would have cost a fortune. I had a shower and washed some of my clothes in with me then hung them out to dry.
    We went and had breakfast over in the eating area which had a nice vibe. There are 2 new German girls but we didn't talk.
    We wanted to go on a hike in the mountains so we filled up our camel packs and put shorts on.
    There is an ongoing disagreement about this but just for the official record - my camel pack is better than Wills.
    We found the hostel owners and asked them where the trail started - instead they organized to drive us up the mountain to meet up with a group that had already begun.
    We met up with the two male workers and 2 new Swiss girls at the spot which was what felt like miles up the mountain through twists and turns. It was a cafe of the most basic kind. Will got a coffee and I got a tea but they weren't normal either. Mine was organic and made from some herb with lemon and Wills was just odd in appearance but tasted alright.
    The Swiss girls are nice. Clear English. I like listening to them speaking French to each other.
    I was given a walking stick but it's annoying to hold.
    After a long time we started walking and ended up at two old peoples house (one of the workers - Michails - adopted grandparents) in the middle of an amazing, abandoned tradition village. Only 7 people still live here. It was awesome! It reminded me a little of the Kenyan villages.
    It was thatched house styles and lots of barns with holes in walls. I loved it. I think Will loved it too. It was authentic. There was realness that can't be faked.
    The 2 people didn't speak English but god they were cute. The woman was so small and wrinkly. She came up to Wills belly button hahahah.

    So Macedonia has this thing called radka** and a bottle got pulled out at the house along with a sandwich. It was in a vodka bottle and I was originally pleased to learn it wasn't vodka... that was until I had a sniff. It was nail polish remover. O.o
    Me and Will were quietly trying to psych ourselves up to be able to shot it.
    Everyone was given a shot glass - we were suppose to sip it not shot it. We both managed to finish it but it nearly killed us. It was so horrible. If there hadn't have been bread to scoff down afterwards I would have puked for sure.
    I've been having the most awful burps ever since.
    We stayed for around 40 mins. I had a lot of fun. It was wonderful to watch them interact in their native tongue and see how these people live. Most people have left the village due to lack of water. I asked how the couple survives and apparently one of there son visits every 3 days with food.
    The old lady had the littlest but broken hands. They were cute to look at but probably have caused her a lot of pain.
    I wanted to put her in my pocket.
    They had a dog in the shed tied up that I went and patted because I think it was getting stressed it couldn't get to us and wanted to say hi :)
    "Booba" the dog had come on the hike with us. They call her boobie. :)
    She is so well trained.
    We walked through the village - I would like to re highlight how much I loved it.
    And through this field with flowers that came up to just below my knee. I'm genuinely surprised I wasn't stung by a bee because it's spring at the moment and the amount of pollen and BUGS is ridiculous.
    We saw a donkey carrying a lot of wood down the street and walked past a small cemetery. There was also the most random church/alter in the middle of nowhere.
    The hike was easy - all downhill. Woohoo!
    We came across a patch of thyme and collected a lot for more tea.
    We also came across a snake. The workers blocked the path until I reminded them we were Australian then they let us pass hahah.
    There is a dead animal down by the side of the road near the entrance to the hostel - I asked them what it was - it's a badger. I hope I see a live one at some point.
    The views were of course breathtaking.
    Will has taken my walking stick so I don't have to carry it anymore :) it wasn't doing anything to help.
    We have arrived at a place for lunch. They have cooked a traditional Macedonian Lunch. Moussaka, a tzatziki type duo, chilly/egg dip and breads. It was tasty but Will LOVED it and cobbled down 2 massive serves.
    We have only walked about an hour ropes and this is our 4th break...
    typical Macedonian people we have eating and everyone else is currently having a siesta before dessert - they will probably have another one after that too hahah.
    This is why nothing gets done. At the start of the hike we were told it would take 5 hours and they questioned our level of fitness.
    Overall we ended up walking for 75 mins then sitting/eating for 300 minutes.

    We were offered dessert of baklava which was yum, walked some the mountain for a bit and then got picked up and driven back to hostel. Will got out at the bottom to buy beer with the workers and dog. I got driven up with the Swiss girls. Until I got to the room and realized Will had the key -.-
    so I waited 30 minutes for him to get back to be told he didn't even lock it to begin with......... gah!
    We both showered and checked ourselves for ticks - all clear!
    We then sat up at the eating area cause I think Will is really keen to make friends but there was no one there really. We ended up playing cards and I'm now going to read some of my book :)
    Will just moved and knocked the laptop off the bed - it's a bunk bed type setup so the fall was extra large. If I had done it he would have lost his shit.
    Thankfully the laptop is fine.
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