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Balkans Adventure – The Road to Kosovo – Part 6

Balkans Adventure – The Road to Kosovo – Part 6

The road to Kosovo isn’t some sort of complex metaphor to define years of animosity and outright war, it is, in fact, a rather bumpy, pothole death track through the middle of a mountain range, full of bandits, criminals and little old ladies selling tea… I believe my hatred for bus stations has already been well documented and trust me Skopje bus station did very little to change those opinions. Buying my ticket was both a simple and complicated process….

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Balkans Adventure – Kale & Jewellery up the Skopje Fortress – Part 5

Balkans Adventure – Kale & Jewellery up the Skopje Fortress – Part 5

In this part I get offered a bunch of rather handsome jewellery, eat ice cream and discover a fortress made of Kale, sorry I mean a Kale Fortress, nope, sorry again, the Skopje Fortress. Welcome to Part 5! After successfully conquering the Skopje Cross, I had one more day to explore the city. Actually, on that subject, I think I should talk a little more about Skopje because it is really is a one of a kind city. The whole…

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Balkans Adventure – Beauty & The Skopje Valley – Part 4

Balkans Adventure – Beauty & The Skopje Valley – Part 4

After Part 3’s drama, here I finally make it up to the top of the cross and am greeted with stunning views across the whole of the Skopje Valley. First, though, I had to get up there, so far I had dodged a rather shifty looking police station and the even more dangerous Skopje traffic. Now though, I had actually got to make my way to the top on what everyone was telling me, was the hottest days of the…

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Balkans Adventure -Up and Away, Hiking Up Skopje Cross – Part 3

Balkans Adventure -Up and Away, Hiking Up Skopje Cross – Part 3

As I mentioned before in my previous post, the city of Skopje has a rather large, adeptly named ‘Skopje Cross’ overlooking the city. So it should come as no surprise to you dear reader, with my love of hiking and equal love of big crosses, what should transpire next… Situated at the top of Vodno Mountain and standing tall at over 66 metres, Skopje cross makes a rather grand statement over the valley. Leaving aside the history behind it, like…

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Balkans Adventure – Receptionist & Politics, Easy Ride Into Skopje – Part 2

Balkans Adventure – Receptionist & Politics, Easy Ride Into Skopje – Part 2

Following off from my trials and tribulations of getting to Skopje and dodging all manner of taxi drivers, in this part I find myself chatting to a local, hike up Skopje cross and discuss politics with a local hostel receptionist, you’re in for a fun ride I can assure you. There are a variety of different things that separate a fully democratic country from one that sort of pretends to be one. One of the most notable things is the…

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