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Matka Canyon, an Oasis near Skopje, North Macedonia

I desperately needed a break from the city. My travels for the past few months through the Balkans had been fascinating but exhausting – just trying to wrap my brain around the convoluted history of the ex-Yugoslavian countries made my head hurt. Fortunately, Matka Canyon was an easy day trip from Skopje. I’d…

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PHOTO: Vrelo Cave in Matka Canyon, near Skopje, North Macedonia

Matka Canyon is easily visited during a day trip from Skopje, North Macedonia using public transportation. It offers miles of hiking along the deep river formed by damming of the Treska River, as well as trails to three historic monasteries. A restaurant and hotel offer additional amenities, including boat trips to Vrelo Cave,…

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Déjà Vu, Over and Over Again in Skopje, North Macedonia

Some mornings, it takes me a moment to remember where I am. It’s a hazard that comes with full-time travel, where every few days I’m in a different city, a different hostel, sometimes even a different country. But after a few moments, the cobwebs dissipate and I’m clear-headed. In Skopje, Macedonia, however, I…

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PHOTO: Macedonia Square in Skopje, North Macedonia

Macedonia Square in Skopje, North Macedonia, is dominated by the “Warrior on a Horse” statue and fountain. Though meant to depict Alexander the Great, the sculpture is not named for him, due to an ongoing dispute with Greece over cultural claims related to the name Macedonia and historical figures that Greeks claim for…

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