Man, our lives can get so insane. Last weekend we had the Skopje regional spelling bee and it kept us busy all weekend. Next weekend we have the Tetovo regional spelling bee and then a full week of in service training. This weekend is Orthodox Easter and so we decided to get a way for a couple of days and headed up to Matka Canyon. This is actually part of the City of Skopje. Oh, my goodness. I can’t begin to say enough beautiful things about it and the serenity of it. They greeted us with a bottle of wine with absolutely beautiful wine glasses (the hotels here seem to do that) and a willingness to accommodate our every wish. It was so nice. The view from our room was spectacular. The breakfast provided with our room was excellent and incredibly filling and included whatever we wanted to drink with our meal.
However. And isn’t there always a however? The toilet paper: it was incredibly difficult to remove from the roll, so for those of us who might need to go to the bathroom during the night, we took pieces of it off the roll and hung it on the towel rack. It was a particularly noisy operation and we didn’t want to wake everyone up. The heat got turned off at 10 PM and did not return until 7 AM. Breakfast, as good as it was, did not get served until 9 AM (horrendously late for me!)
The menu was quite pricey but it was the only game in town so on Friday night we ate there. However, on Saturday we headed into the mall in Skopje (20 minutes by bus) and had a wonderful and incredibly filling lunch and picked up crackers, cheese, and chocolate to go with the fruit stashed in our room for dinner. On the way back, as we exited the village of Gllumovë, the bus stopped, backed into a side street and had everyone get off. Um, what is the issue? We have no idea, but we now have to walk back to the hotel–about 3 miles and most of it uphill. We took our time and admired the countryside coming to life. We got back to the hotel in time to sit out on the deck and play a couple of games of banana grams and drink some wine/juice. As the sun set over the canyon, they brought us blankets to wrap around ourselves to stay warm. We finally retired for the night and went upstairs to our sumptuous and decadent meal of cheese, crackers, chocolate, fruit and more wine and watch a movie: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. But enough about us PCV’s and our adventures. Here are some pictures and here is a website for you to check out as well. Enjoy. Next stop: Heraclea Lyncestis.