The only place I noticed ATM machines was along the main pedestrian mall Kliment Ohridski Street. There were a few machines along this street, though many accepted visa or mastercard but not both, so be sure to check the symbols on the machine. Also, I do not recall seeing the symbol for American Express on any machines.
MY GUIDE AND ME
This kind lady, her name is Poliksena, was my guide in Ohrid. I've never met her before my visit to Ohrid, but we've become a true friends. We're still in touch and I hope I'll meet her again in Ohrid or in Ljubljana.
Traditional folklore music which can be rural or urban includes: Lyric songs, Epic songs, Labour songs, Ritual songs, Humorous songs, Folk dance a.s.o
The music of the Balkans is known for complex rhythms, and Macedonian music exemplifies this trait. The bagpipe was the most common folk instrument. Macedonian folk orchestras consist of a clarinet or saxophone, drum kit, bass guitar, accordion and guitar.
Example 1 Folk
Example 2 Folk
Example 3 Folk
Roma orchestras typically contain electric guitars and other modern instruments.
Every year in the summer in Ohrid is the international Balkan Festival.
According to hearsay, the first massive swimming competition in the Lake Ohrid took place in 1924. Similar contests were organized in 1927 and 1928. There is also a record of the establishment of the first water sportssociety in 1932 - The Swimming and Rowing Club "Ohrid". In those days, the best swimmers were: Slave Bitrak, Dio Bogdan, Lambe Bido, Boris Filipce, Viktor Boev, Stefan Momir, and others.
In the Post-War period eight swimmers competed in the first swimming marathon that took place in 1954 along a 2.5 km route "Gorica-Ohrid". The winner was Niko Nestor. The next two marathons were organized in 1956 and 1957, and the winners were Diki Bojadi and Goko Cudov respectively. Also women took part in the above two contests, and the respective winners were Sneze Grupceva and Sonja Dumbaloska. After that, there was a period when the marathon was not organized.
The first real marathon contest along the route of village Pestani-Struga-Ohrid (36 km) took place in 1962, with 22 participants from 12 countries. The following year, due to the disastrous earthquake in Skopje, the marathon was cancelled. In the subsequent years (1964,1965,1966) the Ohrid Marathon hosted about a dozen swimmers each year. After that there was a lapse in the continuation of this swimming marathon.
In 1983 "the small" marathon Gorica-Ohrid was reestablished and is organized to the present day.
In 1992, on the initiative of the sports magazine "Skok", the Ohrid Swimming Marathon was reestablished. Each year, in the second half of August, the swimming elite throughout the world gathers in Ohrid and, starting from the monastery St. Naum, they swim along the Lakeshore to the town harbour, approximately a 30-km route.
Since 1998 the Ohrid Swimming Marathon has entered in the World Swimming Club of the 12 worldwide held marathons under the patronage of FINA-The World Swimming Association.
Visit Sveti Naum Monastery
Again the Macedonian monks have chosen another beautiful location for one of their churches. This one is from the 17th century.
To get there take the road south from Ohrid about 30km (20mi) -- there is bus service.
Please visit my Sv. Naum travelogue for July 2003 pictures.