We started our road trip with a tour of the city centre. The centre of Skopje is divided by the Vardar River into a newer part – the Christian part and the historical Muslim part.
The buildings in the capital of Northern Macedonia were majestic. They were reminiscent of ancient Greece, the tall white pillars of Asterix and Obelix. The museum, the theatre, and even the Ministry of Foreign Affairs found the most beautiful location in the country.
Soon after arriving in Skopje, together with the Strategic Analysis crew, we tried the local cuisine. The restaurant had a friendly staff of Albanian origin. The gentleman eventually revealed that he had worked in Slovakia for a couple of years, and we ordered in our native language. Pleskavica, Ajvar and Shopska salad landed on our table. There was no shortage of bread loaves, typical of Balkan countries.
One would hardly believe that public transport in Skopje is red double-decker buses, these are, however, made in China, not the UK.
There are so many statues in the capital of North Macedonia; you would not want to count them. On only one bridge over the river alone, there were 29 of them.
The Macedonians are very proud of their nation. Flags are flying at every corner. Big, small, and digital, there are flags everywhere. No wonder their flag is gorgeous and represents the shining Sun.
Hills surround the capital. On the nearest hill, Vodno, there stands a huge cross. This cross measures 66 meters and is one of the tallest Christian crosses in the world. It is unmissable even at night because this cross is lit up.
Greece and North Macedonia have had a complicated relationship due to a long-standing dispute over the use of the name „Macedonia.“ Greece argued that the use of the name implied a territorial claim over the Greek region of the same name and an appropriation of Greek culture and history. This dispute was resolved in June 2018 when North Macedonia agreed to change its name from the „Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia“ to the „Republic of North Macedonia.“