We will finish up the conference tomorrow (Thursday) by compressing a bunch of stuff so that we can make a field trip to Ohrid. This city of 3,000 churches is located on the edge of the largest tectonic lake in Macedonia, a lake that has been here since the Ice Age. I found this wonderful website about Ohrid. From the site:
According to the myths and legends [Ohrid] was built during the times of other classical civilizations such as Phoenicia and Troy in the 2nd millennium B.C. Whatever the actuality is, Ohrid was and is a secret and sacred land. It is a city where mysterious royal golden masks have been found, where the Goddess of destiny, Isis, used to have her cult, where grandiose basilicas were built as Christianity evolved, where the famous scholars Sts. Clement and Naum founded one of the first universities of Europe.We will travel there on Friday, all of the workshop participants, and I'm really looking forward to it, although our flight out of here at 6:30 am on Saturday will make me a tired puppy by the time I return to Bellingham. It's a three-hour trip to Ohrid into the mountains and three hours back. We are going to leave at 6:00 am and return by 6:00 pm.
I forgot my camera when I went out yesterday (because I was busy downloading pictures and left it in my room) but it was raining anyway so it wasn't really critical. Tomorrow!