Macedonia is a country made up of many ethnic groups: Macedonians, Albanians, Turks, Roma, Serbs, Vlachs and many others all live together peacefully in the same country even though I often had the feeling that this coexistence looks can be interrupted at any time. It is not surprising that the word Macedonia (fruit) derives from the mixture of races in this region of the Balkans.
The main attractions of Macedonia 's capital Skopje (in a few days I will write a more detailed article on what to do in Skopje) and Lake Ohrid (read Ocrid).Skopje is not very big and one day just to visit the center and the city old. If you have more time you can use it as a base to visit Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, taking the bus and doing the trip in one day.
Ohrid is about 3 hours drive from the capital, but it is definitely worth going there. It 'a city built on the shore of the lake on the border with Albania, and is superb. It 's the most well known tourist resort of Macedonia, especially in high season.
On the road from Skopje to Ohrid is worth a worth making a detour to the Mavrovo National Park and the ski resort, where there is a church half-submerged in the waters of the lake. Unfortunately when I went there the water level was very low and then the church was dry.
Going to Macedonia does not mean doing the usual holiday, but it is a real journey back in time. In more remote areas really seems as if time has stopped. Sometimes you see people who still run with the coaches and the contrast between Skopje and the surrounding villages is often enormous.
Macedonia is a poor country where wages do not exceed € 450 per month € 300 in the capital and elsewhere in the country.But some are willing to work for 150 € per month. Unemployment is extremely high and the cost of living is quite high for those who live there. If we compare their salaries with our Italian is as if we pay € 4.5 per liter of petrol. The machines outside of the city are in fact very few: a full tank of petrol for many means 3/4 working days.