The day has arrived to stand fast per our Safety and Security Manager’s instructions. So that is exactly what I am doing. I am not permitted to leave the house all day. I am to not step foot outside the door. I know he is being cautious and I appreciate the concern for my safety but it feels like house arrest. I am sure there will be people who will opt to ignore his instructions and probably will not be caught. I prefer to remain on the safe side. This is his country and he knows what is best for all of us.
Why today? Well, there is a massive demonstration planned for downtown Skopje this afternoon. They are anticipating 70,000 people. No one is sure what will happen. But at the minimum they are sure bus service will be disrupted. There is a huge police presence downtown but the demonstrators have pledged to having a peaceful demonstration. What will it accomplish? Probably nothing. But at least the people have the right to demonstrate and that is very powerful.
Taco night last night. A couple of us went to Jess’s place and had tacos. On the way there we stopped at the пазар and bought a kilo of strawberries. Cost? 100 denars or less than two dollars. (If our house arrest is lifted next weekend, I will be down there buying some nice fresh veggies to make some salads for my warm weather meals.) I had authentic extra sharp cheddar cheese to contribute to the festivities. It was a really lovely evening that even had a Roma serenade in the middle of it. However, serenade sounds like the music should be beautiful. This was cacophonous!
I have been exploring music of the Balkans and some of it is quite beautiful. Some of it isn’t! Two of my current favorite artists are Bośko Jović and Božo Vrećo. Bośko is a classically trained guitarist and plays a song that sings to my soul called Macedonia Song. Božo sings Sevdah and my favorite one is Lejlija. This is an amazing area of the world and I am so thankful that I get to live here and discover all these incredible treasures. (And yes, I love these artists so much that I have purchased their work). Click on the song titles for a sample from each artist. (and yeah, having my two favorite artists have the names Bośko and Božo is kind of funny.)
So now to figure out– what movies shall I watch during my enforced confinement……..maybe some Bond, James Bond.