It was cloudy and a bit snowy the morning we left from Ohrid toward Skopje. Through the Macedonia countryside, we saw both churches and mosques.
Morning cloud viewing from my hotel balcony in Ohrid:
Yes we removed our shoes and visited the inside:
Finally we arrived Skopje in the evening.
Macedonia has always been a country struggled to gain its independence and identity. Over the centuries, they have always been ruled by outsiders. Even after they gained independence, they had to fight for their land, but still ended up as a land locked country. They tried to claim Alexander is their heritage, but totally refused by Greece. They love to claim Mother Terresa theirs, yet she identified herself as Albanian even though she was born in Skopje.
80% of the city was destroyed by an earthquake in 1963. With money from the international aid, Skopje has rebuilt considerably, with lots and lots and statues. Still a sign of their struggle to claim identity with not too much success. The recent voting under the pressure from Greece, Macedonia will change its name to Northern Macedonia. They are even required to rewrite their history textbook to un-claim Alexander the great as part of their heritage. Pretty sad!!
I headed back to US after Skopje.