For only being in Skopje for one night, I certainly did a lot. After eating Macedonian kebab in the Old Bazaar, I rallied and went out to eat at Skopski Merak, a Macedonian restaurant recommended by the Marriott. I probably should have asked if reservations were accepted as the place was jam packed at 10:30pm. With no tables available, I walked around the small neighborhood lined with cafes, bars, and restaurants.
In need of caffeine before a second dinner, I stopped for an espresso and once again found the place to be full of people. While sipping my coffee, I couldn’t help but think that most coffee shops in my former home, Scottsdale, are closed at this hour and how hard it would be to find quality restaurants that serve so late.
I returned to the restaurant and, as promised, the waiter had a table for me inside. While everyone was singing, laughing, and eating in groups, I was alone in a corner wondering why people in the US live in isolated suburbs away from the simple pleasures of everyday life.
My profound moment was interrupted when I had to place my order. I took the waiter’s recommendation and ordered a salad and an entree. For $18, I had the following:
After dinner, I tried to go out for more but thought it best to pass out since the next day I had to be up early. After all, i had to figure out how I was going to get to TPOL’s future home as voted upon by readers (see Vote Where TPOL Moves in December (For Real This Time)). That’s right. It’s time for TPOL to go to Albania.
TPOL’s TIP: Skopski Merak is located at Ul., Debarca 51, Skopje 1000