My First Visit to Skopje, Macedonia

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I traveled to Skopje on Wednesday (that’s the capital of Macedonia). I had to get a flu shot.

“But April,” you might be thinking, “Don’t you live in Kosovo? Why did you have to go all the way to Macedonia to get a flu shot?” To which I would reply, DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED.

I had heard that Skopje is a nice city, and it did not disappoint. I made this 9-second video so that you, too, can experience Skopje.

Before we go any further, let’s take a pre-test about Skopje. Please choose an answer to complete this sentence: “You can’t swing a dead cat in Skopje without hitting” what?

  1. A statue
  2. A tree
  3. A park bench

If you answered (1), a statue, you are correct! There are statues EVERYWHERE in Skopje. It’s almost eerie … all those figures. (But eerie in a fun way.)

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Put a statue on it!

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Aside from getting a flu shot, food was the major item on my agenda. First stop was Domino’s Pizza. (Oh, don’t act like you’re too good for it.) I used to live in Chicago, Land of Pizza Snobbery, and I liked Domino’s even then.

I would’ve been happy with a plain cheese pizza, but my friends wanted something more exciting. We ordered a “garden” pizza, and it was good. I ate four slices.

Did you know Domino’s originated in Michigan? Michigan is my home state, and I didn’t even know that. I had to travel all the way to Macedonia to discover that fun fact.

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I got my flu shot, and then went to a Chinese restaurant, where I ordered chicken + fried noodles (pretty bland), and tekka maki (passable. I think I was just happy to be eating sushi after going so long without). Later, I took a short walk and got gelato in a cone. How did I manage to eat so much in such a short period of time?

Grim determination, my friends. That’s how.

Here is a picture of me. I liked how the graffiti matched my scarf.

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I made this scarf. What up?

In the center of Skopje is a huge statue of Alexander the Great.

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Me and some other cool people (representing 1/5 of the Kosovo 3 Peace Corps group)

Here are some more pictures I took walking around the city. The weather was overcase and not ideal for photography. 😦

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Macedonian flag
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You don’t often see lemurs on carousels.
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Hey, look! Some more statues.

The fountain below celebrates mothers. Anything that celebrates mothers is cool in my book. Who says all statues have to be dudes on horses, brandishing weapons?

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It took 2.5 hours to get back to Pristina. We pulled into the bus station just minutes before the last bus to my village was due to leave. I nearly clobbered two senior citizens in an attempt to get off the bus I was on. Then I sprinted across the bus station, and flung myself onto my bus with two minutes to spare.

It was an exciting day.

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