Lake Ohrid “The Balkan Pearl”

Located at the heart of the Balkan Peninsula, in the Republic of Macedonia is the city of Ohrid, being a popular tourist tourist destination for Eastern Europeans in the summer. Ohrid is fairly unknown to the rest of the world, but its certainly well known among Eastern Europeans for its natural wonder Lake Ohrid, the oldest and deepest lake in Europe. Apart from the beauty of the ancient lake, the city of Ohrid has much more to offer as it’s only one of 28 cities that are apart from UNESCO World Heritage for it ancient culture significations as well as Natural sites.

The Bay of Bones Museum

If you ever plan on traveling to the city of Ohrid, you may want to start your tour by visiting the prehistoric city/museum known as the Bay of Bones. The Bay of Bones museum is an archeological complex which dates back 1,200 to 700 years BC, located on the south side of the Ohrid coast, featuring 24 replicas of prehistoric wooden houses resting 5 meters above the water on a wooden platform. The museum not only gives tourists a glance back at the lifestyle and culture of the native people living in this prehistoric city, it offers a breathtaking scenery of the crystal clear waters along with the forest of the National Park of Galicica, which we will discuss later.

The Samoil Fortress

Rising tall at the highest point of the city is the Samoil Fortress, the largest preserved fortification, which dates back to the 3rd century BC. The Samoil Fortress is the symbol of the city, with towers rising 100 meters above the lake, with its walls reaching 3 kilometers in length and 16 meters in height, it can be seen from anywhere in the city. Throughout the course in history the fortress has been destroyed and rebuild many times, but its present form dates back to Tsar Samoil where Ohrid was the medieval metropolis until the late 14th century when the Ottoman’s seized it.

Plaosnik Monastery

If you ask the locals on where you should start your tour of the city, a majority of them will recommend Plaosnik. The Plasonik hill is highlighted by two churches, St. Clement which was built in the arrival of St. Clement himself. Many sources indicate that the church was designed and constructed by Clement himself along with his tomb in which he lays buried today. Apart from St. Clement another, bigger church was built in the 9th century on the Plaosnik grounds. St. Panteleimon was built and served as the basis for the Glagolitic alphabet teaching to Orthodox Christians. The tour of Plaosnik doesn’t stop there however, as there are many more things to see such as temples, mosaics and ornaments from the late Greek era and the Roman theater along with basilicas and temples from that period.

Robevci Family House

Going down from Plaosnik, tourists can see the old part of the city and its stunning architecture from the 19th century. A remarkable example of the unique traditional Macedonian architecture from the 19th century, are the two Robevci family houses which serves as a historic museum where people can enter and see precious archeological objects from both the medieval and ancient period.

Galicica National Park

The National Park of Galicica, located on the mountain of Galicica, between the two lakes of Ohrid and Prespa. The rugged landscape covering the mountain range is immense with flora and fauna, with a wide and diverse variety of species inhabiting the land. Galicaca has a number of hiking trails which covers the whole terrain, where visitors can explore the natural beauty of the mountain with its breathtaking scenery rising above the two lakes. The massif terrain of Galicica is ideal for hikers, with its highest peak Magaro reaching 2.254 meters, however visitors should be aware from the local wildlife lurking in the mountain valleys and caves as bears, lynx and wolves are no strangers in this terrain.

5 Tips for Dating on Holiday/Vacation

I consider myself a bit of a dating abroad expert; I have lived abroad for nearly 12 years now and I have dated across multiple countries on four different continents. With that being said, I consider myself a bit of the dating guru and I think I would impart some of my knowledge about dating abroad. Here are my five tips for finding love or lust abroad.

Use Online Dating Apps

Many of us use dating apps when we are at home but we don’t necessarily think to use them when we are on vacation or when we are abroad. You have your Tinder, OkCupid, and in some countries eHarmony. As much as you may be a fan or critic of these dating apps one thing is for certain they allow you to connect with many people with little effort. If you are picky, you can sort potential mates by their height, weight, and you can even sort them by the type of jobs they do. You can go from dateless to having a date every night with the click of a mouse or the swipe of a finger. I think that dating in a new city is a great way to sightsee and to understand the city through a local’s eyes. The only thing I would recommend is that you make sure you meet your date in a public place because safety is always key.

Take part in a Language Exchange

If you find the prospect of going on a legit date in a place that you are not familiar with or in a foreign country really daunting, one thing you can do is to participate in a language exchange. You can go on to meetup.com for instance and do a search and you can see if in that place you are in there is some sort of meetup group where people are trading language skills. This gives you the potential to meet a date and of course the prospect of learning a bit of the language.

Get Physical

When I say get physical, I mean sign up for physical activities like hiking, walking, or biking. It is not only a great way to get a bit of exercise on your trip but it is a really nice way to connect with people in the great outdoors. Certainly, I have joined running groups and walking tours in the various international cities I found myself in while traveling and so I am a huge proponent of getting out there, making your heart happy, and also opening yourself up to a whole new segment of single nubile physically fit people.

Learn About Local Dating Customs

It is important to become well-versed on local dating culture before taking the plunge. A really important aspect of international dating is basically knowing what international dating waters are like in the place you are in. You don’t want to be making any cultural faux pas or misreading any signals that a potential mate is sending you. This is because the dating culture in the places you are in could be drastically different from dating culture in the place you are from. So a quick internet search or aligning yourself with a local person where you can trust they can give you the lowdown on what dating is like in a particular place is key.

Say Yes to Everything

Honestly, life is too short to be overly uptight and picky, chances are that you’re on vacation or you’re doing a short stint abroad. So why not throw caution to the wind a bit and say yes a little more often than you typically would. Accept invitations and engage in activities you may not have typically tried before. Say yes to new things and above all just keep an open mind.

Dating abroad is a great way to explore the culture of the place you are visiting as well as meet new people. You shouldn’t expect to marry or hook up with every potential love interest you come across. At the very least you’ll come out of that encounter with the new perspectives on life, dating, and travel. So relax, stay safe, have fun and enjoy the ride.