Traveling on a Scolarship: An earthquake hit Skopje July 26, 1963. UK gave 30 scholarships for those reading English at Kiril & Metodij University. I was among them. Memorable experience.
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The earthquake which took some 1,110 lives was such a shock for Skopje, then, although the capital of the Socialist Republic of Macedonia, still a relatively sleepy provincial Balkan town with mixture of old patriarchal rules and new socialist attitudes. During August and September the ruins were cleared away, shattered houses were being thorn down, the graveyard was the most visited place, people slept under tents or caravans brought by Richard Dimbleby. Then the radio announced that the students of English language and Literature were invited to apply for a year-long scholarship in the UK. I was among those selected. We arrived on Victoria station on October 1st. I enrolled University College and resided in Bentham Hall in Bloomsberry.