Searching for a room in old town
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After I am done looking at the monastery it is time to get out and find Martin again. At first I canâ€™t find him - and my backpack is gone as well. Maybe this bloke werenâ€™t quite as trustworthy as I thought. Well no matter what my loss is limited my backpack only contains some old clothes and by now most of it even need a wash. Before my panic attack really takes of I spot Martin he is having a beer with our taxi driver. I guess the limits on drunk driving are a bit more relaxed in Macedonia compared to Denmark.
We get into
the taxi and the cabdriver immediately tries to get us to take a room from his
cousin. Super. This seriously reduces the likelihood of us getting to the
centre of town anytime soon.
We get to
meet his cousin. And he claims his place is full - ok if my trust could sink
any deeper it just did. We talk a bit to this cousin and he tries to sell us an
apartment for twice what the other place would cost and as an added bonus this
apartment is further away from the center than the other place as well. We both
say no and insist to be taken to a place in the centre. Well he still claims
his place is fully book. But he do manage to tell me the name of the owner of
the place where I picked up my little flyer - so just maybe he is actually who
he claims to be.
We finally get a place in the center of town - but I guess they did not realize the situation and they want us to share a room with sort of one bed. Considering our long relationship of almost couple of hours by now this might be stretching a bit and we ask for two separate rooms. Of course this immediately leads to a significant increase in the prize - but by now our combined bargaining skills kicks in - we tell the owner it is pretty late in the afternoon and he is unlikely to be able to rent the rooms to anyone else but us. So basically he takes our ten Euros per person or nothing at all. He accepts our argument and we end up getting the rooms for what I expected in the first place. So all is good and it is time to head out and have a quick look around the city.
We go out
trying to navigate the small old city. It is dominated by several old churches.
The churches here in Macedonia survived the communist era a lot better than in
Albania with the atheist campaign they had.
After walking around for a bit we start to have other objective like getting cash to pay for the room and find out where we were supposed to meet up with the group of Japanese and Swiss people from a tiny village in Switzerland.