After a so so breakfast, we all gathet onto the bus for what is supposed to be another long day on the road. My phone barely charged last night so this will be a fun ride not being able to listen to music once it dies. Not sure if I mentioned it but the lake that’s next to our motel is so huge and it has waves that sound like the ocean. I walked down to it last night with the girls and it even smelled like the ocean. But I guess it’s just a big lake. We had the window open this morning and I woke up to the sound of the waves crashing. It was sort of nice, different to say the least.
We get in the bus and drive for who knows how long. The time goes by pretty fast and I can never really tell how long it’s been. We stop at a gas station to go to the bathroom and spend the rest of the currency we have from Macedonia. Which is called “denar. ” One euro or dollar is around 66 Denar. And the stuff in Macedonia is very cheap. I had a Burger and fries for about 5 euro.
Anyways, we get to the capital of Macedonia, a city named “Skopia” or “Skopje. ” It was sort of nice I guess. Back in the 60s I think, a giant earthquake hit the city and 80% of it collapsed during the summer. And they rebuilt a lot by the time winter came. And now they have a lot of modern and old looking buildings. We went on a tour and saw a mother Theresa museum and a LOT of statues. They had some initiative that was supposed to finish in 2014 where they were to make a bunch of statues. And they did, there were probably too many statues to be honest. They were nice but they were just spread everywhere and I didn’t really think it looked good.
After the tour me and the girls and their grandma and aunt went and ate. This was when I had the 5€ chicken sandwich/burger thing. It was pretty good, the fries were different. It was like they were hollow. We had to rush back to the bus and one of the girls got a crêpe to go and a stray dog followed her all the way back to the bus. This part of Europe has stray dogs everywhere. It’s really sad actually. They usually will have a tag on their ear that means that they were taken and given shots so they are at least not going to have rabies or something. Mario our tour guide said that these dogs can usually easily get food but what they normally want is attention and a new home. They follow people around and of course they want food but they also just want to be around you. It’s very sad, I saw a cute little puppy laying under a fig tree eating figs that fell down. I wanted to take it home so bad. This is the same for cats in other smaller towns, lots and lots of stray cats.
Well we got on the bus fot about two hours before we got to the border. We had to go through two. The border police officer would come onto the bus and take our passports. Then mario came back in and gave them back, then the next border we’d do it again with another officer. The first officer was nice. He saw that one of the girls, Jasmine, was working on a Sudoku puzzle and he helped her with one. But the second officer was sort of mean looking and I think he was the one who was asking for all of our luggage to be taken out of the bottom and looked at. But thankfully mario talked him into only taking a random three and he looked through them and that took a little while but then we were off.
We didn’t stop until we got into Sophia, the capitol of Bulgaria. The time here is one hour ahead of what we were used to the whole trip. This is our last stop on the tour with Mario and Charlie our coach driver. We say bye to them tomorrow actually and I’m kind of sad about it.
We got into our hotel and it’s pouring down rain. We got our room key and freshened up before coming back down for dinner. This is usually how it goes when getting to a hotel late. This trip is fast paced and not a whole lot of time to rest. The buffet dinner was okay but not a whole lot of variety. Which will suck if we have to eat it for the couple of days we stay here. I was happy at dinner because one of the girls, Holly. Was actually talking to me. Or maybe I finally made an effort to talk to her but it was nice. We even stayed and talked when the other two left. Which I was very surprised that she stayed. Usually she runs off with them. I was probably red in the face because it’s hard for me to talk but I did all right. She was red too, and didn’t make as much eye contact as me.
That was a good end to the night. I just went back upstairs and charged my phone and went to bed.
Tomorrow our wake up call is the lastest it’s ever been. And then we go on one last tour of the city in the morning.