On The Road Again in 2011

 

Baba Mountains near Bitola, Macedonia

Did you know Macedonia was one of CNBC’s top 10 destinations for 2011?

Or, that in 2010 the New York Times selected Macedonia as the #21 of 31 places to go?

As part of creating the life I really want, I will be heading back to Macedonia in May and June. In 2010, I was lucky enough to return for two months while hosting Americans for three and four weeks as part of my first cultural tour, which was truly a dream come true.

The three weeks went too fast, we don’t want to leave! And, we all want to come back.” V & J, J.Q, J.C.

This year, my guests will be touring Macedonia and northern Greece, and may even take a trip to the southern Greek Island of Zakynthos.

I invite you to join us on our amazing journey of personal and cultural discovery. To learn more about these inexpensive, two to four-week visits, contact me at wishfulthinkingworks@gmail.com.

  

Home – safe and sound – trip went smoothly . . . miss Macedonia . . . Saying ‘thank you’ is not enough to express our gratitude for the difference you made for us. For a friendship, so quickly made – and travel half way around the world – we could never have anticipated the difference it has made for us.You are a delight to be with . . . Hugs to you and all of our new friends in Macedonia. Big hug, V & J

I have traveled often and far and this has been the best food, ever. J.Q.

Traveling with Patrice in Macedonia was simply a fantastic experience. She is full of information on the country and knows people in all walks of life. Macedonian’s history leaves much to explore, and the food is so delicious. For me, a month in Bitola was not enough time to take in the whole country and to explore a bit of Bulgaria and Greece. I want to return. P.B.” 

Map of Macedonia

 

Click Macedonia 2010 to enjoy some of the sites and moments we experienced.

Below are a few of my Peace Corps (PC) photo memories I haven’t shared, as yet.

 

One afternoon while hiking a friend brought me to the hillside home of this kind and caring brother and sister team, who lived alone in the middle of nowhere. They had so little, but were preoccupied with finding something to share with us.

 

PC Teen Art Project in Veles, Macedonia: the kids created the art to share what they loved best about their city. We exhibited and sold the art to other PCVs, so they would have art for the apartments they were moving into to begin their PC assignments. The funds raised were used to fund more art projects.

 

In late September to early October many Macedonians are involved in making avjar, a tasty mild flavored red pepper spread. It takes hours to roast and peel the peppers and then hours more to stir the pot!

 

  

Patrice Koerper is a certified life coach and motivational speaker. She has created the life she really wants by combining coaching and speaking with travel and projects in Macedonia. From 2006-2009, Patrice lived in Macedonia as one of only 425 volunteers over the age of 50 serving worldwide in the United States Peace Corps.

In 2010 she returned to Macedonia with American guests for a special cultural tourism program she developed, “Experience Macedonian: Enjoy Europe as it used to be”. The “Experience Macedonian” posts reflect their travels.

Patrice is returning to Macedonia in 2011 for six weeks – September through October. She is offering her unique 2 to 4 weeks cultural tours to a small group of friendly, flexible, adventurous travelers. In 2012 Patrice is planning life coaching retreats in Macedonia and Greece. For more information on these exciting travel and life-changing opportunities, please email her at wishfulthinkingworks@gmail.com

Macedonian Dream Weavers II

What happens when a man in a tiny rural Macedonian village wants to preserve his country’s past? 

Well, in the beginning everyone tells him he is crazy, asks what he wants with that “old junk”, or tells him no one will ever come to see it.

Lucky for us, Boris Tanevski ignored the naysayers and his passion and persistence prevailed.  Today Muzej Filip (Museum Phillip) is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon.

According to his third oldest daughter, Katrina, a college freshman, Boris began collecting bits and pieces of Macedonia’s history about twenty years ago. Somewhere along the line he added larger items like cars and motorcycles. (Finding cars as old as his in Macedonia that run and are in such great condition is unbelievable.)

Over time, Boris turned even his skeptical wife, three daughters and son into believers. (Boris doesn’t speak English, and my Macedonian is not good enough for all the questions I was asking so, Katrina kindly acted as our interpreter.) When his collection outgrew his home and garage, he expanded his plans and built a museum on his property to artfully display his unique collection! 

Because Boris did not give up on himself or his dreams, foreigners can slip into a world unknown to many of them for only 100MKD (about $2.20) and Macedonians can learn more about their past for 50MKD. 

After spending time in the museum, guests can relax in the Tanevski’s beautifully landscaped and traditionally decorated yard surrounded by more rural treasures while enjoying complimentary home-grown seasonal fruit with a glass of homemade rakjia or wine or a cup of  Turkish coffee.

Boris and his family offer the perfect combination of history and hospitality. When we called to check times, Boris decided that since he was going to be in Bitola, he would simply pick us up and drive us to their village of Krklino. How’s that for service? (They also called a cab for us when we reluctantly had to head back to town, at a cost of less than $3.50 for three of us.)

The total experience – priceless. 

A testament to Boris Tanevski!

 

The rest of it.

Antique Turkish Indoor Fire Pit. He had a number of these copper cookers.

Love this. Check out the keys.

 

So beautiful.

Boris and his family have carefully combined the artifacts into various settings, including a Turkish, a Jewish and ancient village rooms.

 

The Village Room

 

Tin and brass vessels in all shapes and sizes.

 

Katrina, and her Grandmother's traditional clothes.

 Check out the Muzej Filip web site, the intro is in English and offers more photos.

 And, don’t forget to dream big!

 

Patrice Koerper is a certified life coach and motivational speaker. She has created the life she really wants by combining coaching and speaking with travel and projects in Macedonia. From 2006-2009, Patrice lived in Macedonia as one of only 425 volunteers over the age of 50 serving worldwide in the United States Peace Corps.

In 2010 she returned to Macedonia with American guests for a special cultural tourism program she developed, “Experience Macedonian: Enjoy Europe as it used to be”. The “Experience Macedonian” posts reflect their travels.

Patrice is returning to Macedonia in 2011 for six weeks – September through October. She is offering her unique 2 to 4 weeks cultural tours to a small group of friendly, flexible, adventurous travelers. In 2012 Patrice is planning life coaching retreats in Macedonia and Greece. For more information on these exciting travel and life-changing opportunities, please email her at wishfulthinkingworks@gmail.com

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