Ohrid was like...(over the top voice) soo a mazing! Bitola not so much. Wasn't overly impressed at first. But that soon changed. We even found some night life. The first bit of real night life since Croatia.
I use a web site called Metal Travel Guide. http://www.metaltravelguide.com/ It has a pretty up to date & accurate account of rock bars in any given city. We found a place called Hard Rock Cafe. Not to be confused with the greasy burger, crappy cocktails Hard Rock chain of the U.S. I discussed the name with the owner & he was very quick to point out that no one owns the term "hard rock". I found this pretty funny & drew comparison to the movie Coming to America. Mr McDowell was being sued by Mcdonalds as his restaurant "Mcdowells" was incredibly similar to Mcdonalds. McDowells has the Big Mick & Golden Arc. Mcdonalds has the Big Mac & Golden Arches. Nothing alike! The owner of the bar had not seen the film :O
The owner was a pretty cool guy with an unpronounceable name. He has been in a metal band for 20 years called Medusa. They are about to release their 9th studio album. He has his own Macedonian TV show called Hard & Heavy. He interviews bands & goes to all of European rock festivals on a press pass. Lucky guy. He played what ever we asked for - System of a Down mostly. He even fed us.
|This portrait is above his bar. Hair definitely gone. Might still have the six pack but I doubt it|
|Our evening meal|
Earlier on the guy working in our hostel told us about his friends band who are playing at a bar & will be doing Black Label Society covers. I'll admit (not to him) I did not know who they were so I looked at some youtube videos & we both agreed that they sounded pretty good. We caught their set at 11 & they were excellent. Loud, fun & very good players. It was such a treat to hear good music all night. Dance pop crap everywhere else we go. To hear some real music is a bit of a treat. I think that if I hear that "I don't care" song once more I am going to crash a car into a bridge..oh crap. I will admit to liking Naughty boy though :/
Greek masks exhibition. Taking things seriously as usual.
We picked our hostel based on price & the bunk beds had curtains. Genius! some privacy in a shared room. Why don't all bunks in hostels have curtains? When we were shown our room, the bunk beds had no curtains. I asked what the hell was going on?? The guy explained that they had been removed by the owner so that they could be replaced. I would think that the removal/replacement would be done at the same time right?. On the first night we were the only ones in the room so privacy was not a problem in the end. The second night a couple checked into our room so I bartered & got a private room with a double bed for an extra £2.80 art erotique included.
As we walked down the stairs to leave the hostel Cat heard a ticking noise. She turned to face where the noise was coming from only to receive a face full of battery powered air freshener! It was hilarious & she smelt better for it :D