Sveti Naum Travel Blog› entry 16 of 18 › view all entries
The taxi driver took me to the border but I would have to walk across it. I figure that should be too much of problem to cross the border change money and catch a bus. It goes pretty smoothly on the Albanian side of the border I just walk up to the Albanian border buildings which look like some sort of temporary sheds you would find on a construction side. But they have computer and it only take a few minutes to get across the border.
Then I have
to walk through the no man’s land between the Albanian and the Macedonian
border post. It is a bit of a bit of a walk but it is doable. I get to the
Macedonian side of the border and I walk up to the border building - it looks a
lot more like a permanent construction on this side of the border.
crossing went smoothly but after the border things are not really what I
expected. I wanted a nice little exchange booth where I could exchange some
Euros into Macedonian money. But there is no where I can change money. I am
also looking for a bus station to get a ride to Ohrid - but there is no bus
station anywhere in sight - not that I would actually have the money to pay for
a bus ticket - given there were no exchange booth.
considering the options I could stand hanging around hopping for something to
happen - or I could start walking. After all Orhid is close it is only like
I walk down
the road it is actually a nice road with some cool sights to look at on the way
- I would probably enjoy it if knew when the walking would end. I keep walking
and there is no bus stop or exchange booth in sight. After a couple of
kilometers I get to a small monastery. I figure I will talk a bit of a rest and
take a look at this place - it is right next to the road so why not. I go in
and there is a man present at the place - Jovan named of Saint John. He is a
volunteer doing a bit of work at the monastery before the summer arrives. It is
a nice little place with a stream running past it during the summer but for now
there is no water in the stream. I talk a bit with Jovan and he lets me in to
the little church which is at the monastery there are some nicely renovated
frescoes inside but I am not allowed to take pictures.
After a while it is time for me to walk along I go down towards a bigger monastery call the Sveti Naum monastery and is one of the most famous places in all of Macedonia. I expect this place will have some sort of tourist infrastructure - like possibility of exchanging money and a bus stop. There is a bus stop in the area but there is no sign of anywhere where I can exchange money. I see some other foreign tourist around - they might have some info about where I can get some cash so I hang around while they are talking to a taxi driver or something.
out this is actually a long series of accidental meetings. There are five
tourists in all - the four of them where on a trip in a taxi around all of Lake
Orhird and they had just met the day before in the bus from Skopje. The last of
the group was Martin who came from the same small village in Switzerland as one
of the passengers in the taxi.
I go in and
have a look around the monastery. It is some nice buildings down at the
waterfront of the lake. And you could actually stay there for the night if you
would want to. But I don’t find the monastery super interesting compared to
other monasteries. Though the frescoes in the church is sort of interesting.
For me the main the monastery is not really the most fascinating part of this
place. I find the huge number of peacock running around the monasteries grounds
a lot more interesting to look at - though they are really loud. I think this
could be a bit of a problem in case you would like to spend the night at the