matka canyon boat ride

Matka Canyon boat ride on the Treska River

Early in the morning (yes, somehow it’s always early in the morning!), we had breakfast, said goodbye to the local cat, and met up with Simon. We were all heading to Tirana, so he joined us on a Matka Canyon boat ride along the way. The road there wasn’t very pleasant (I was sharing the backseat with Simon and one of our backpacks) and we got a bit lost because we took a wrong turn. However, it was worth it. The sights were absolutely beautiful! Just look at the video I found: The Matka Canyon boat ride We waited a while to get …

Read more

millennium cross hike

Millennium Cross hike and Mount Vodno’s vista

On our second afternoon in Skopje, we stopped for lunch in the Old Bazaar, joined by Simon, one of the Germans we met during the free Skopje walking tour. We ate some delicious food: Tim and I chose Kebapchinya, Ana decided to get the ubiquitous Shopska salad, while Simon chose the baked beans. Over lunch, somehow we also suddenly decided to go together on a Millennium Cross hike. We also talked about a lot of other things and discovered that we had a lot of things in common. Tim and Simon had actually gone to the same university, though they finished in slightly different …

Read more

skopje walking tour

Skopje walking tour with the entertaining Miha

Early in the morning, we woke up and had a quick breakfast at Urban Hostel & Apartments. We then went to Skopje‘s center and split up. Ana and I went to the Memorial House of Mother Teresa, which was the Skopje walking tour starting point. In the meantime, Tim went to walk around in the city on his own. Join me and Ana to find out about the free Skopje walking tour we went on! Highlights of the free Skopje walking tour It was the first time I went on a walking tour. It was interesting that we had a diverse group of Americans, Australians, …

Read more

kantina restaurant skopje

Kantina Restaurant Skopje – Why you must eat here

On our first day in Skopje, we were looking for a place to eat, recommended by Lonely Planet. Sadly, it no longer existed, as we soon found out after asking around. However, our steps took us to a really nice place nearby, where we heard some good music: Kantina Restaurant, Skopje. And I loved the food and the atmosphere so much that I absolutely had to share this with you. So don’t skip going to Kantina when you visit Skopje. Keep reading to find out why! Kantina Restaurant Skopje has friendly staff We sat down on the terrace and a very …

Read more

skopje north macedonia

The start of our Skopje North Macedonia travel adventure

It took us some time to leave the Rila Monastery and start out with Skopje North Macedonia travel adventures. Like on our arrival in the Rila National Park, there were works to expand the road, so we had to wait a lot for the machines to get out of the way or to move the recently cut trees out of the road. Slowly, but surely, we made it, though. And we instantly started to appreciate North Macedonian music. I forgot to mention this, but we only listened to what was on the radio on this Balkan road trip. And the music we found, regardless of …

Read more

eat and drink in bulgaria

What to eat and drink in Bulgaria

Today we’ll cover the top 5 things to eat and drink in Bulgaria when you’re traveling through the Balkans. But first, let me introduce you to Bulgarian cuisine. Bulgarian cuisine is part of Southeast Europe’s Mediterranean cuisine and it very similar to other Balkan cuisines. Bulgarian food often incorporates salads as appetizers, and their cuisine also includes a number of soups, such as cold tarator soup, and pastries, such as banitsa, pita, and the always-present börek. The Bulgarians are also known for their dairy products, beautiful wines, rakia, and other alcoholic beverages. You should try the local beer: you’ll be pleasantly surprised! Anyway, …

Read more

visit rila monastery

How to become Zen: Visit Rila Monastery

After a day and a half spent in Sofia, we went on with our Balkan road trip and got to visit Rila Monastery. It was so nice to enjoy the mountain temperatures after the hot days we had experienced till then. We felt so cold that we actually switched to long pants, discreetly, in the parking lot! About the Rila Monastery The Rila Monastery is quite a sight, due to its beautifully painted interior courtyard. It was founded in the 10th century and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Its courtyard is a very calm place and you can enjoy the quietness to reflect …

Read more