Guns & Butter: Skopje Travel Guide


The Skopje Travel Guide is part of the #NoCollusion, No Albania for TPOL where I break my 100 country count mark. See the World Map for where I’ve been.

TPOL’s Guns & Butter Travel Guide is the best way to see as much as you can in as little time as possible. Here’s how it works – A trip is composed of two factors: Labor And Lazy. The opportunity cost (what is given up) for relaxing and being Lazy is gained by being adventurous in the form of Labor and vice versa. The guide includes inefficient activities i.e., tourist traps that should be avoided, and aspirational activities that are worth doing but may be impossible to see given the constraints of time and resources.


100th Country: If you’re going to your 100th country, make it memorable. In Macedonia, they graciously built a monument in my honor.

Marriott: If you’re going to stay in Skopje for a night, stay at the Marriott. That way you’ll be right outside of the statue bonanza.

Statues: In an odd way to attract tourists, Macedonia decided to build statue after statue. It’s strange but worth seeing. 

Old Bazaar: What’s a trip without a stop in the Old Bazaar? It’s right across the bridge from the Marriott. 

Skopski Merak: Where to Eat in Skopje: Escape the statues and go to Skopski Merak for great Macedonian food. It was packed on a random night.

Don’t Miss

Lake Ohrid: En route to Albania, I was going to stop in Lake Ohrid. I probably should have because I won’t be in Macedonia often.


Staying in Skopje for more than a night or two. There are better places to go.


  1. Lots of ’em savvy English in North Macedonia. it’s widely understood. I didn’t recognize the quote, but google did.

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