Photo Essay: 4-Million Year Old Lake Ohrid in Macedonia

We had arrived the previous evening in the dark—all four of us half asleep—but the next morning, as we left the hotel and rounded the first corner into town, there was no missing it. Lake Ohrid in Macedonia is at least four million years old, but I’ll be damned if she didn’t look brand new….

Wake and Wander’s ‘Holy Shit Moments’ of 2012

I made a comment yesterday at a New Year’s Day party in Philadelphia (during the Mummer’s Parade) that incited laughter and resulted in being labeled as an “old man,” but I’ll say it again here because it’s one of the truest things I know: Life goes faster and faster every year, and there’s not a…

Macedonia: Food, Booze, and Culture Top List of Memories

One of my friends asked me recently what my favorite memory was from my trip to Macedonia. I truly prefer not to make lists and rankings when I travel because, in my opinion, experiences are different, not necessarily better or worse. When she asked me, a whole gauntlet of images came to the front of…

Macedonia: Paragliding Pleases, Matka Canyon Teases

I had no idea that a World Cup of Paragliding even existed, let alone the fact that it was held in Macedonia (Krushevo) this year. I suppose I sort of misunderstood the sport to begin with – it’s really not about falling or screaming or an extreme rush of energy (the exception being aerial acrobatics…

Eastern Europe: Long Days, Bright Nights in Macedonia

We had arrived the previous evening in the dark – all four of us half asleep – but the next morning, as we left the hotel and rounded the first corner into town, there was no missing it. Lake Ohrid in Macedonia is at least 4-million years old, but I’ll be damned if she didn’t…