Skopje – Скопје

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My trip to Skopje, the capital of Republic of Macedonia was split into two days of riding. In total just under 230 kilometres. On the first day I climbed the hills, pedalled in the rain, fought the headwinds and reached another milestone – 10,000 KM mark. It is really hard to believe considering I have never bike toured before. Perhaps, the bragging about is not a good idea in case some hardcore cyclists may read this😎. Anyway, if I can do it, anyone can…

It took one patient hour of waiting to meet with an owner and get a green light to pitch my tent behind his thriving truck stop business. It was 5 PM and I was only 8.5 KM away from the border with Macedonia. In my appreciation I ‘invested’ my leftover 2.10 Lev (€1.70) and ordered a meatball soup with a bread in the restaurant.

Following day… “Dobredojdovte vo Makedonija” or if you are really into the languages… “Добредојдовте во Македонија.” To omit any border crossing paperwork or possible fees I travel with my Polish ID card on me rather than using my Canadian passport. Having said that, I should carry with me a Polish passport as well, but I left it in Gdańsk. Luckily enough, neither Serbian or Macedonian border authorities brought this up with me yet.

My second day of riding was long, but overall manageable, in total 123 KM. Sure there were few bumps on the road, but at least dry along the way. I arrived to Skopje shortly after 3 PM. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon. My first impression from the 20th capital could be summarized in one of the Will Rogers quotes;

“You never get a second chance to make a good first impression”

I was really pleased with the centre of the city. Generally clean, fairly modern and packed with the endless gigantic bronze statues of the famous Macedonians. They are everywhere, you cannot miss it! On a fairly new bridge known as “The Bridge of Art” completed with 35 bronze statues I was stopped by a gentleman in my age. I bet my fully loaded two wheels caught his attention. It turned out, that Ljupcho Tanurovski is a general manager of the local hockey team known as the Vardar Skopje Hockey Club. After a friendly ‘hockey chat’ we exchanged our business cards and walked in opposite directions. An hour later I checked in to the Urban Hostel & Apartments. Pretty fancy two nights stop for… €14.

DID YOU KNOW, that Mother Teresa was born in present Skopje

confrontation

Alexander the Great

The Statue Divers under the Stone Bridge

The Civilization Bridge

The Skopje Fortress, commonly referred to as Kale

The Mothers of Macedonia

King Phillip II of Macedon

The dogs of Macedonia

Memorial House of Mother Teresa  who was born in Skopje

Statues dedicated to unknown Macedonian heroes

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2018-09-08T23:06:56-07:00 September 7th, 2018|Capitals, Cities|4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Lauren September 7, 2018 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Congrats on the 10,000 kms. Although up above it says 9,953…. 🙂

    • Jacek Laszkiewicz September 8, 2018 at 11:32 am - Reply

      Fixed it sir ;-)!

  2. Harry September 10, 2018 at 8:45 am - Reply

    20 Cities and well past the 10 k mark – Congratulations!

    • Jacek Laszkiewicz September 10, 2018 at 10:13 pm - Reply

      Thanks Harry! The Balkans are hilly…but no choice, but move forward 🙂

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