Macedonia – Vevchani
Posted on February 2, 2015
What could be more exciting than spending a day way up in the mountains in a traditional Macedonian village? Suzi had made a friend, Jovana, a year or so ago, someone she just met on the sidewalk. They’ve stayed in touch ever since. We board a bus in Ohrid heading for Struga, located at the north end of Lake Ohrid.
OK so far. We de-board on the edge of town and walk a bit to where we would catch our transfer bus.
Bus stops are not well marked, or not marked at all, so after some waiting around for an hour with no bus coming, we ask others for directions (never take a single answer as definitive) and decide to try another spot. Within minutes our bus comes and it isn’t long before we are in snow covered Vevchani. Like all Macedonians, Jovana is blessed with patience, so what if she waits an extra hour in the bitter cold. We have a friendly introduction and set out to see the sights.
It’s a bit hard to get around on foot, what with all the ice and snow. Eva slips down a few times and I have two falls myself. No substantial injuries sustained, thank goodness.
We visit a lovely old church but they ask an admission charge, so we just peek inside. Lots of old icons cover the interior walls.
The village is a gateway to the forested mountains and numerous well-known springs. Several times we cross rushing streams flowing through the village. The water is clear and so refreshing.
Naturally, meal time comes around and Jovana knows just the place to take us. We enjoy local specialties.
Now we must say farewell and get ourselves home on busses. This becomes another venture because different bus lines run different routes at night and stop at different places. In the end, we do not freeze solid.