Category Archives: Macedonia

The Sad Future of Catalonia

In some conflicts, you don’t need to pick a side. Because sometimes, both sides are wrong. Between the Catalan and the Spanish governments, it’s impossible to keep tabs on who has committed more grave mistakes. Even for supporters of self-determination, … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts (13)

Where exactly is the line between the Near East, the Middle East and the Far East?  I am so old-school, when I am in a remote location, I miss newspapers more than the internet. I have never received as many … Continue reading

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Cable Clutter

In Prilep, Macedonia: In Romania (photo by Dominik Lenz):

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Handwritten Timetables

Question: How can you tell that a train journey will be idyllic? Answer: By the handwritten timetable in the slightly dilapidated train station. Examples: (please click on the name of the station or on the photo to read the full description … Continue reading

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Video Blog: Macedonia by Train

Of course there is also a video to accompany my article on travelling through Macedonia by train. But this time, it won’t be one of my self-made, stuttering amateur videos in which you can’t understand anything because of the noisy wind. No, … Continue reading

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Macedonia by Train

A lonely steam engine rests on the tracks. It is no longer operational, but it fits well into the image created by the train station. Prilep is the fourth-largest city in Macedonia, but the train station looks like that of a … Continue reading

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Animals of Macedonia

In one day, while hiking from Prilep to Treskavec Monastery (and back), I saw the range of animals living in Macedonia, some of them expected, others unexpectedly exotic. Horses are no surprise in a landscape that could be used for shooting … Continue reading

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Video Blog: Sounds of Skopje

It was evening when I arrived at Skopje and by the time I had made my way from the hostel to the city center, it had gotten dark. First time in Macedonia and I didn’t really know what to expect. But I definitely … Continue reading

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Is there a discount if I get MA and PhD at the same time?

You can tell that something is wrong with higher education when university degrees are advertised at “999 €” prices like bicycles or package holidays. (European University in Skopje, Macedonia.)

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Is this the most beautiful cemetery in the world?

Macedonia is full of cemeteries. Or maybe I just got this impression because every larger town has more than one resting place for its ancestors, always at least a Christian, a Muslim and a Jewish one. The latter hardly have any … Continue reading

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