Macedonia

Maya Williams - May 4, 2015 - Period 6

Climate/Weather

The best time of year to visit Macedonia would be from mid-April to June, during the spring season, when the rain is rare and the heat is mild.
Winters in Macedonia are windy and cold, with plenty of snow. The temperature is relatively 32°F but can drop to -5°F due to cold air masses from Russia. Winter is also very wet, often going over 2 inches of precipitation per month.
Summers in Macedonia are hot and sunny. The typical temperature is usually around 86°F, but can reach a scorching 104°F mid-day. Summer is also dry and has rare rain showers that come in forms of mini thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Culture

67% of people in Macedonia speak the official Macedonian language. 20% Macedonians speak Albanian and other commonly used languages, such as Turkish, Serbian, Croatian, and Romanian.
Macedonians celebrate many holidays and traditions, for example, Orthodox Christmas, Strumica Carnival, and Day of the Macedonian Revolutionary Struggle.
  • Orthodox Christmas is celebrated on January 5th, in which children go from house to house, caroling, and gather around a bonfire to look back on the last 12 months.
  • Strumica Carnival, celebrated on the first Tuesday of April, focuses on helping local girls get engaged. After a colorful parade, masked men visit the homes of potential brides and beg for their hand in marriage.
  • Day of the Macedonian Revolutionary Struggle is celebrated on October 23rd to remember the attempt to overthrow the Ottoman rule and take back the country.

In Macedonia, the most common religion is Eastern Orthodoxy followed closely by the 2nd largest religion, Muslim.

Current Information

Fun facts:
  • Macedonia's currency is the Macedonian Denar, the money appearing as colorful slips of paper and golden coins. One Macedonian Denar is equal to 0.02 cents of a dollar in US money.
  • Macedonia is a republic, in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives. The current president of Macedonia is Gjorge Ivanov.
  • Macedonia has made great progress considering its raise in income growth and reducing of poverty.

Economy History:

Macedonia gained independence from Yugoslavia in 1991 and gone on to reach considerable political and economic stability. Macedonia even managed to join in NATO’s Membership Action Plan in 2008. The country is still in a developing stage, but the economy is growing. These improvements are create stable environments for foreign investment.
Exports:
Macedonia's most common export partners are Germany, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria and Serbia. The exports mostly support precious metal, iron, other steel products, clothes, and petroleum oil.

Food- Moussaka

Most Macedonian food combines Balkan and Mediterranean tastes inherited from the Turkish during the Ottoman rule. Moussaka is a potato-based dish, consisting of sliced potatoes with eggplant, onions, ground meat, and other veggies stuffed in between each cheesy layer and is completed with an egg-yolk glaze on top.
Recipe:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 3 teaspoons paprika
  • 5 to 6 medium sized potatoes, peeled, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2½ cups milk
  • 3 eggs

Transportation and Lodging

For a week long trip from Chicago, pack your bags and head on down to airport. The next plane leaving to Macedonia takes off on Tuesday, May 19th.The flight will most likely take about 4 days, so make sure to bring a small activity to keep yourself busy!
Next, for hotels. The top 3 in the country consist of the luxurious Holiday Inn Skopje for 116$ a day, the fancy Hotel Leonardo for 49$ a day, or the run down cabin of Hotel Kapistec for 31$ a day. Your pick.

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