Friday, October 11, 2019

Republic of Northern Macedonia

Now that we had completed a brief tour of our closest neighbors, we turned again to our bin of country names and drew one out.  It was the Republic of Northern Macedonia!  It was exciting because knew so little about the country.  We immediately looked it up on a map.

The Republic of North Macedonia is on of the states that resulted from the breakup of Yugoslavia.  It is bordered by Serbia on the north (and Kosovo, a partially recognized state in the southwest corner of Serbia), Bulgaria on the east, Greece to the south, and Albania to the west.  Completely landlocked, it shares a couple of large lakes with Albania (Lake Ohrid) and Greece (Lake Prespa, also shared with Albania).  Its capital is Skopje, located near the northern border.

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We had fun using Google Earth to visit the places mentioned in the videos, like walking through Skopje and Lake Ohrid.  I wasn't sure what to do for food, though.  I looked up a wonderful list of Macedonian dishes, but didn't feel up to the task of making any of them.  Tavce Gravce (a baked beans dish) looked like the most likely candidate, but I didn't have a terracotta dish to be authentic. There are no Macedonian restaurants (that I could find) here in San Antonio.  So as a last ditch attempt, I went to Amazon to try and find something from Macedonia - and success!  I found ajvar, a spread made from roasted peppers and eggplant.  It was made in Gevgelija, Macedonia and tastes really good on warm, toasted pita bread.