Saturday, April 18, 2009
I am almost not conscious right now, 4:30 pm on Saturday here in Skopje, but all is well, I made it here in one piece, and Mickey made it here as well, although his flight was delayed from Boulder by over an hour, so he barely arrived before we had to leave for Skopje. I caught this great picture from the plane of the Swiss Alps (we had barely left Zurich when I spied this picture).
The arrival at Skopje Alexander the Great Airport was kind of, well, surprising. It's one of the tiniest international airports I've ever seen, and there were signs of recent political and economic unrest. Once we deplaned, we were herded into the customs area and the door was locked behind us. We were met by our hosts, Cvetanka and Juvin, and driven to the center of town and then to the hotel. I am on the fourth floor but the elevator takes longer than to walk up, so I may decide to move down a floor or two. The room is nice enough, though.
Mickey and I took a walk around town to see some of the local sights:
This is main street in Skopje. That's downtown off in the distance, where we just did some walking around and grabbed a quick sandwich and I had a Heinekin with thoughts of Linda and Bob.A local shop I found interesting, although I didn't go inside, because it's Holy Saturday and everything is closing up early, with Monday also a holiday. Mother Theresa was born in Skopje, and I saw this statue of her.Since this is about all I can do with as little sleep as I've averaged for the last two nights, I'm going to call it a day and resume this journey on Easter Sunday here in Skopje.