Dudi needs a doctor
This 6-year-old little girl, Dudi, has a heart problem that cannot even be properly diagnosed in Macedonia. She has several problems, including staph, and has fainted several times because of an irregular heart beat. There was a doctor in Skopje who said she had to go to Germany to get a proper diagnosis, since the necessary machine does not exist in Macedonia. Please pray that we can find a way to get a proper diagnosis, and proper treatment here in Macedonia. Any ideas, or offers of help, would be most gratefully appreciated.
the most important place or the central area in the city..this is the place where mostly people come together and go to the pubs, restaurants or the mall around it
Its just side by side to Vardar river ..quite beautifull with a nice bridge over it that split the new and the old or turquish quarter full of minarets and mosques
If you want to try something local, try this. Great dish, originally consisting of lamb meat, but nowadays you can find chicken, pork and with many variations of preparation. Looks a bit like pizza, but with no tomato sauce (red color is from red peppers).
Most of them are named by the name they come from, like Stipska and Veleska.
I was in Skopje in mid-September, when students get ready for the new year by buying books. In most Balkan states, books must be purchased by the students and are not provided by the state. This creates a thriving used textbook market every September. This one was across the river from the Holiday Inn, and was packed with books for students of all ages, as well as other books of general interest. I bought a phrasebook here for 1 euro, although it was mainly because bargaining was so much fun. You won't be able to find much here if you don't read Macedonian (not even Greek or Serbian speakers will have much of a selection), but I always find it fun to go through markets and listen to people bargain and haggle.
Upon your choice. Climate
Continental climate, with hot, dry summers and cold winters. In summer, at its peak, the temperature rises to 40C and in winter it falls to -10C. If travelling to Macedonia in winter, do not forget to bring warm clothes and a windproof jacket. If travelling in summer, you will need light and comfortable clothing made of natural fabrics, light shoes and a hat. Currency
The Macedonian denar (MKD) is issued in the following denominations:
3 coins of 1, 2 and 5 MKD
6 banknotes of 10, 50, 100, 500, 1000, 5000 MKD.
Currency can be exchanged at state-owned exchange offices in banks, post offices and tourist agencies as well as at private exchange offices. Privately owned exchange offices offer slightly better rates. Exchange rate: £1=MKD92 (as at June 2001)
Credit cards are now widely accepted: Diners, AMEX, Visa, Master Card and EuroCard can be used for payment in major hotels and many of the shops and restaurants in the capital. Electrical current and appliances
Electric current in Macedonia is 220V and 50Hz. Electrical appliances must have two-pin plugs to fit continental European sockets, or can be used with a two-pin adapter for UK plugs. Banks
Komercijalna banka 02 211 322
Stopanska Banka 02 115 322
Libraries and bookshops
National and University Library 02 115 177
Braka Miladinovci Library 02 232 544
Kultura bookshop 02 238 125
Tabernakul bookshop 02 133 058
Useful phrases in Macedonian
Dobro utro Good morning
Dobar den Good afternoon
Dobrovecher Good evening
Dobra nok Good night
Priyatno Goodbye; bon appetit!
Ve molam Please
Blagodaram Thank you
Shopska i skopsko Shopska (fresh salad with grated cheese)and Skopsko(beer)
Mineralna voda Mineral water
Sok od portokal ve molam An orange juice please
Zelencuk Vegetables Communication standard time
Standard Central European Time (CET), BST + 1 hour.
International telephone prefix
The Macedonian country code is 389, the city code for Skopje 02, i.e. to phone Macedonia from the UK dial: 00 389 02 + telephone no. To telephone the UK from Macedonia dial 99 44 + city code (without the 0) + telephone number
Office Opening Hours :
Government institutions and offices: Mon. - Fri. 8.00am - 3.00pm/4.00pm
Banks: Mon. - Fri. 8.00am - 7.00pm, Sat. 8.00am - Noon
Tourist information office Skopje Mon. - Fri. 8.00am - 7.00pm Sat. 9.00am - 5.00pm