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Everyone Meets Again

 

The adventures in Macedonia started with a lucky coincidence where I met four travellers from my previous hostels! This shows how few hostels there actually are on the Balkans, everyone seems to visits the same places!

On my birthday we decided to hitchhike to a randomly selected town together with Marley starting at eight in the morning. We were fortunate to get a ride straight to Tetovo, with a driver racing the highways like never before. Halfway he surprised us by offering coffee, ice cream and little snacks from a local gas station.

There's a big Albanian minority in Macedonia, which is mainly based in the western parts. In several towns almost 75% of the population identifies themselves as Albanians. This was also the case in Tetovo where we ended up with Marley.

On a local train station (that had gone bankrupt years ago, even though this was the transportation that we were recommended to take towards Skopje...) we got offered cherries and coffee by a group of this minority. We talked a while about the situation in their hometown, their attitude towards Macedonians in general and a local rock band, that unfortunately stayed as a mystery.