I spent three wonderful years in the ancient, beautiful, mountainous country of Macedonia. I experienced amazing adventures of the heart and soul while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bitola, Macedonia’s second largest city, just 10 miles north of Greece. Thoughts of the people, the land, the food, and the wine are always with me. I am planning to return this year, and each after, with a few people, who are interested in the trip of a lifetime. We will spend time exploring mountains, villages and vineyards. I will be sharing my favorite places and people with them, and they will have lots of free time to create their own special moments and memories. If you would like to explore what Macedonia and a visit there has to offer you, please send me an email and I will let you know our plans. In 2011, I plan to offer week-long Wishful Thinking Works retreats in a rural village – the perfect place to get away from it all, and rediscover yourself.
Easy to see why I fell in love with this beautiful country, isn’t it?
This is where my “adoptive” Macedonian family lives, they were my Peace Corps host familyfor three months.
Right after dawn and just before dusk, sheep are a common sight in the hills and mountains of Macedonia.
This village near Bitola stole my heart. This is the first B & B opened in Dihovo. I worked with the family, who are amazing!
I love the houses and the streets.
The colors and textures are so rich, and they way these homes hug the road always makes me wonder which came first!
Villa Patrice was the second B & B to open in Dihovo. Nevenka and Saso are so kind and generous, they named their B & B for me!
The fresh fruit and vegetables in Macedonia are delicious.
Bear with me, I am a foodie and these photos touch my soul!
Cabbage is eaten daily and even though lettuce is available, fresh cabbage soon became my salad of choice. The cabbage is mild flavored, almost sweet, and, of course, has tons of vitamins!
Tomatoes, cucumbers, green onions and white salty, sharp cheese cut into chunks and drizzled with light oil and vinegar with a sprinkling of salt and pepper easy and delicious Macedonian salad.
Mmm, mmm, good – the perfect combination.
Ruby red, and oh so sweet.
About this time, I have to remind myself I am planning to walk home, hmm, maybe a taxi is in order.