This photo shows a young Macedonian waitperson serving red Easter eggs on Orthodox Easter to the patrons at the restaurant where we had some very good food, and I had Skopje beer, which is quite good, by the way. I'll enjoy it again before I leave.
Today was a Bellingham weather kind of day: some light rain, sunshine, clouds, and then full sun after we took shelter from a cloud with lots of thunder rolling in the background. Felt right at home, at least weather wise. Most people don't speak much English, although the satellite TV has plenty of British channels. I was taken aback by all the sex channels, pretty explicit in what I considered to be a rather strict government ("Hot Arab Sex!" "Iraqi Sex Kittens!"). It does make me wonder if repression of women's rights leads to men objectifying women in this way.
Take a look at this statue we happened upon. Mickey is "talking" to her as she carries on with her cell. She's got such a low-cut dress that in real life she would be arrested in the US for indecent exposure. I notice a lot of the women dressing in what I would consider revealing attire.
And then just around the corner from that bronze statue is a shrine to Mother Theresa, who was born in Skopje. It's a lovely place with a small garden and a bronze statue (seen in yesterday's blog post) and another beautiful marble statue seen here. Since it was Easter Sunday, everything is closed down (and will be tomorrow, Monday, as well). They are observant Christians here in Macedonia, pretty much, with definitely contrasting cultures. I was going to attend Easter services, but I opted instead to go outside of two churches during services and light candles for the souls of my departed children. Mickey also lighted candles, but he chose to light them for the living Macedonians who are suffering in political and economic difficulties.
I see by the clock on my computer that it's almost 10:00 am on Sunday morning in Bellingham, while I'm looking at the clouds again covering the sky as it nears 7:00 pm in the evening. Tomorrow the meeting begins, and I will be working hard to help it become a success. Most of the participants have arrived at the hotel, and I notice that several of them speak little to no English, which is supposed to be the conference language. Should be interesting to see what happens. I also see Mickey is pulling one way while the other organizers are pulling in another.
See you tomorrow! Hope you are enjoying reading these as much as I am enjoying writing them. By this time tomorrow I will have recovered completely from jet lag, but right now I'm beginning to fade a little. A glass of good Macedonian wine should do the trick when I need it tonight.