Skopje is Macedonia's capital city, pronounced Skop-yay. It has an identity crisis for sure. It has double decker red buses like London, an arch just like the Arc De Triomphe in Paris & crazy huge statues with dancing waters like Vegas. I LOVED it.
Macedonia Square is in the centre of what seemed like quite a small city. It has a huge statue of Alexander the Great called Warrior on a Horse that is also a fountain. As we got there we marvelled at the size of it (24 metres high) & I said I'm sure there's supposed to be water. A few minutes later the water started and it was almost like being at the Bellagio in Vegas. I never expected dancing waters in Macedonia. We watched for ages and I was fascinated, it was just brilliant.
As you go over the old bridge there are 4 more fountains, not as impressive as Warrior on a Horse but still brilliant.
Something else we learnt - Mother Teresa was born in Skopje however her family came from Albania and her parents were born in Kosovo so Albania & Kosovo also try to claim Mother Teresa. Unsurprisingly there are a few statues of her and there is a Memorial Centre on the site she was baptised. This was also free so we had a look around. It was very small and a bit random - there was a bed in the room that would have "looked" like her bed?! Russell did something really funny. I was stood next to him but then moved on to to look at the next bit. Russell turned to where I was stood & said "I'm guna have a lay down" he mistook another lady for me!! haha! She looked a bit shocked. But he didn't make it any better by saying "hey its a good job I didn't pat you on the bum eh"?
On a more serious note I'm sure everyone already knows how ace Mother Teresa was but I was amazed to learn she went to India at the age of 18 - even now a lot of 18 year olds wouldn't go to India to help the less fortunate but in 1928? That is quite something.
We had a really cool hostel in Skopje, we were in an 8 bed dorm but each bunk bed had curtains round so you had a bit of privacy. The best bit was there was a garden where everyone would sit drinking beer from the local shop. We met a couple of British guys called James & Andrew and the best Australian we have met called Aaron. James & Andrew loved Peep Show, I love anyone I can talk about Peep Show with. We had some beers and once the shop stopped selling beer went for a bit of local food.
One night sat in the garden a cute little dog squeezed in through the gates. She was lovely and I called her Shanti (the name of the hostel). She really loved me but was terrified of males, even Russell who was feeding her beer soaked bread.
|1.5L of beer for £1.66|
On our last night I really wanted to see the fountains at night so after some beers in the garden me, Russell & Aaron went into town (unfortunately James & Andrew had left by then) and saw the fountains in all their lit up Vegas style glory.
|We found an antique shop & Russell made me put this hat on|