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... station. Whatever you do, while in Greece, never call Macedonia by that name, because Greeks are very sensitve about using the name Macedonia for another country. They feel that Macedonia is in Greece, and the proper name is FYROM, which stands for Former Yugoslavia Republic of Macedonia. I made that mistake a couple of times and could tell that they did not appreciate it. Anyway, we got to the bus station and bought a ticket to Florina. The bus drove us for just over two hours ...
... a drive through Albania without noticing it's dotted by thousands of small, concrete domes, most of which are still pretty intact. These almost indestructible objects are bunkers that were built from 1950 to 1985, big enough to house an Albanian family of four (there are also some far larger ones). The engineer who developed them had to put his money where his mouth was and sit inside one while he was bombarded by a tank. When he emerged unscathed they were built ...
... were far more pleasant. Instead of beaches, the shore of the lake closest to town has been turned into a promenade. A stroll along the lakefront is a popular way to spend an evening and good business for the popcorn and icecream stands.
Heading for the Albanian border from Ohrid, we passed the little monastery of Sveti Naum. Perched on a peaceful cliff above the lake, it is still an operating monastery which surprised me seeing as ...
... from an sms I never received and instead of calling me called the aus embassy who instigated a search for me by calling WHO headquarters in Copenhagen and UNICEF....who then called my boss...who called me to see if I was alive or dead?! So that was an unusual phone call! :)
On the Sunday around 4pm, trying to get back to Tirana...I waited for 2hours on the side of the road for a mini van to pass....as they don't have timetables. But to no avail...so had to get ...
... furgon driver offered to take me. Once this had been decided everyone shook my hand farewell, like my fate had been approved and agreed upon.
I had to offload my Albanian money before I got to the border as it's not accepted outside the country (I'm sure there is a black market for it somewhere, but I couldn't be ***** to search for it...).
I walked into Macedonia - the borders were only (at best) ...