7 Roads to Macedonia

Skopje, by NataschaM on flickr

I arrive in Macedonia just in time to enjoy the last bits of sunlight as the airport taxi whirls into Skopje. In a nation of just over 2 million people, its capital is a tiny place with a lot of history. And who’s their favorite historical figure? – Their very own Alexander the Great. And just like I observed at Mongolia’s Chinggis Khaan airport last year, Macedonia has also named their “Alexander the Great Airport” after their most famous citizen of all time. Coincidentally just this summer I was in another important site connected to this same historical juggernaut – Herat, Afghanistan, city that Alexander ruled back somewhere around 330BC. Herat would eventually be destroyed by an invasion by none other then Chinggis Khaan. Another reminder of just how connected the world is.
Talk about connected, this land locked nation borders Kosovo, Albania, Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia. Looking at the map and discussing travel options with a taxi driver, I suddenly had the urge to pop over to Albania for a day, then up to Kosovo for another day, and on and on… with all these nations nearby, it becomes clear that Macedonia continues to be what it has historically been, a place where many roads lead.


  1. November 9, 2011

    Good luck and welcome to Serbia!

    • bicyclemark
      November 10, 2011

      thank you. but I didn’t make it to Serbia this time. I was only in Macedonia and Kosovo. Next time though, with great pleasure, Ill get myself over to Serbia.

  2. dragisa
    November 9, 2011

    Kosovo is not a country, Kosovo is a Serbian province, so if you come to Kosovo, you are acctually in Serbia, to be honest, an occupied part of Serbia.

    • bicyclemark
      November 10, 2011

      Hello Dragisa.. welcome to site and the comments. I wanted to let you know I went to Kosovo.. the guard at the border stamped by passport.. and the stamp reads Republic of Kosovo. I walked around Pristina.. I saw similar signs on buildings.. official signs. People introduced themselves to me not as Serbians. Anyway this is not to take away from your comment, I wanted to share some of my experience and observation.

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