Macedonia is a small country with a massive history. With a population of just over 2 million people it traces its history back to antiquity. We only spent a week there, but I can honesty say if I needed to hide out somewhere in the world, I would have no problem spending a year here.
This is a city/country struggling with a bunch of challenges. Between the politics of trying to get into the EU while being blocked by Greece, and dealing with a government which appears to be somewhat overrun with corruption, the people are simply doing the best they can. You have to wonder what is going on when all investment in the preservation and restoration of antiquities is halted as well as the improvements of the city centre. All while casinos and gambling venues (read money laundering in my mind) are being opened on every block of the city centre. Just sad to see. Hopefully honest minds prevail. I will get off my pedestal now.
Macedonia turned out to be an absolute gem for us. We went in knowing very little about the country and its complex history and politics. Unfortunately we were only there a week and visited just two locales but found it to be both enchanting and absorbing. There is so much promise there along with many challenges, I hope they find their way. The next time we are in the region I would not hesitant to come and spend more time here.