The Road to Ohrid

Lake Ohrid is a popular destination in Macedonia. The entire town is a UNESCO site, and the lake itself is over 1 million years old. The waters of the lake are clear, not as clear as some parts of the Caribbean, but you can still see down to the bottom.

But enough about that. Let’s discuss my trip there. After a 2 hour bus ride to Skopje from Prishtina I found myself stuck in the Skopje bus station with a several hour wait. A taxi driver approached me and offered me a ride for 13 euros. The journey from Skopje to Ohrid takes approximately 3 1/2 hours. I was suspicious, but there was another girl waiting to join in as well. Then of course my mind went to the possibility that maybe they were a criminal team that lured tourists into a taxi and then killed them for their money, but then I realized I don’t really have any money so I wasn’t too worried.

A short time later myself, 3 Macedonians, and the cab driver piled into the taxi and set off for Ohrid. It was an interesting ride to say the least, but completely safe. One of the women even offered to Skype with my classes back home about the history of Macedonia.

We stopped halfway at a rest stop that had a delicious snack. If you ever find yourself on the road from Skopje to Ohrid, you need to stop and have this snack. It is a delicious fried bread, and they give you a block of cheese on the side to eat with it. And, per usual around here, they recommend you drink yogurt with it. Get it. You won’t regret it.

After the snack stop things got weird. The taxi driver got fed up with us talking about history, and told us that only a few things in life matter. Sport and Love. But not family love. He said history, books, family love, travel, none of that matters. He proceeded to tell me that I need to stop traveling, go home, and get married. So that was fun. I didn’t say anything back to him though because I did not want him to drop me off in the middle of nowhere Macedonia.

All of that was worth it though when we finally reached Ohrid…

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