Sunday, October 14, 2012

Tour de Macédoine

This is a small part of my cherished memories from the past 4 years of my life in Macedonia.  The reason I wanted to share these photos and dedicate a post to natural and cultural heritage of Macedonia is because my stay in this country is soon coming to an end. Although I can't say I've been particularly thrilled to live here in Skopje more than I originally planned to, there certainly was a lot of happy moments.  As you may have noticed, I have a tendency of capturing mostly beauty in my photographs, but that is how I like to see and remember things.  It's not that I'm ignoring bad things, it's just that I've always been drawn to aesthetics and prefer to express myself in that way. That is probably why I have a hard time living in such an insensitive environment. (I apologize in advance to all those who may find this insulting.) This may sound like a cliché, but I'll say it anyway because we obviously need to be reminded repeatedly... We live on this wonderful planet, and instead of enjoying ourselves, we preoccupy our minds with lousy politics, and that can only be harmful for our souls.  What I wish for citizens of this country is to finally learn to preserve what's left of its nature and culture, and try to make their own individual lives more fulfilled, instead of worrying for everyone else's business. We only live once, right? So rejoice!
P.S. I'm watching Felix Baumgartner's jump from the edge of space right now. Ain't life grand!

1.   Makedonium, Krushevo
2.   Krushevo panorama
3.   Dragon pipes, Monastery of St. John Bigorski
4.   Heraclea Lyncestis, archaeological site
5.   Lake Ohrid, Struga
6.   Stone Dolls panorama, natural phenomenon
7.   Stone Dolls, Kratovo
8.   Lake Ohrid from Kaneo
9.   Stobi, archaeological site    
10. Kokino, megalithic observatory and archaeological site (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
11. Duf Falls, Mavrovo National Park  
12. Peacock in Monastery of St.Naum
13. Vrelo cave, Matka canyon
14. Alabaster mine, Debar
15. Sunset in Trpejca village

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