(This set of posts comprise an addendum for Time and Place 2015-16, accounting for previous travels and events.)
Yes, Bill Clinton is very popular around here for his generally active role in subduing the Serbs in the Balkan wars of the ’90s. And yes, Mother Teresa is from Skopje, Macedonia. But best of all, Macedonia has reclaimed Alexander the Great from Greece…although Greece doesn’t acknowledge the claim. On behalf of my friend Gordon whose hero was Alexander the Great I took a whole lot of photos of the famous (and fairly recent) statue of ‘warrior on a horse’ (acknowledged as Alexander by the Macedonian tourism folks but not by their counterparts in Athens). It absolutely dominates the main square and, though generally not in favor of men-on-horseback statues, for some reason I loved this one. In fact I found Skopje charming in a rainy cozy way. A place I had zero knowledge of previously…a discovery…a surprise…and that my friends is why we travel, isn’t it?