It’s been a week since I have arrived in Skopje and I have the first successes to celebrate:
- While shopping at dm I exchanged Macedonian words with the shop assistant which could almost count as a whole conversation.
- For lunch I ordered borek with cheese and spinache in Macedonian and the lady didn’t even had to ask to get me the right thing.
- I successfully bought stamps (which was, among all things, the easiest since it was enough to just hand the lady my letters with the words „do Germanija“).
- I bought cough syrup in the pharmacy – all in Macedonian obviously, plus some pantomime.
- I ordered my favourite Macedonian tea („Mountain-Tea“) in a café– I have to admit though that the conversation consisted of as many English as Macedonian words.
- With so much new vocavulary it was about time to get serious – so I installed a Macedonian keyboard on my phone. I can know write with Cyrillic letters which is really cool (супер!).
- Besides, I managed to find both my office and my home through a net of small alleys without getting lost once. Even in darkness.
Apart from that I suceeded with the usual daily struggles:
- I did not get hit by a car.
- I didn’t even get almost hit by a car.
- My lungs are staying strong against the dirty air in Skopje.
The snow is continuously melting and the sun is coming through every now and then. Just as it should be. I’m ready for more successful weeks!