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Turkish market in Skopje, Macedonia

Samstag, Januar 30th, 2010



Turkish market in Skopje, Macedonia

Originally uploaded by plepe

Macedonia (FYROM) has a large Turkish (Muslim) minority, a result of 500 years occupation by the Ottoman Empire. This is picture from the big Turkish bazaar, sleeping at night, but busy during daytime. It was the evening of January 1st, maybe it was even calmer than on normal nights.

Christmas lights in Skopje, (FYROM) Macedonia. January 1st 2009

Mittwoch, Januar 27th, 2010


Christmas lights in Skopje, (FYROM) Macedonia. January 1st 2009

Originally uploaded by plepe

It’s not the time of year right now, but this were the Christmas lights in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia (to be exact: FYROM, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia).
The Macedonian orthodox church celebrates Christmas, like many of the orthodox churches, on Januar 6th. Therefore everything was still in full anticipation, when we went there on the evening of January 1st, with the first bus from Sofia.
The Christmas lights looked really nice and overwhelming (no comparison to Sofia), but if you look closely you can see a T-Mobile-logo as star on the christmas tree in the background, it also explains the color … Commercialisation everywhere :(

Memorial near Gara Lakatnik, Bulgaria

Dienstag, Januar 26th, 2010


Memorial near Gara Lakatnik, Bulgaria

Originally uploaded by plepe

A last picture from that rock face in Gara Lakatnik, from my first visit in January 2009. This time we can see the summit cross on of the protruding rocks and the memorial, the main attraction of that site.
The memorial remembers the ‚Bulgarian coup d’├ętat of September 1944‘, when the Bulgarian kingdom was overthrown with the help of the help of the Red Army, which finally led to Bulgaria joining the soviet block.

View from Gara Lakatnik, Bulgaria, May 2009

Sonntag, Januar 24th, 2010


View from Gara Lakatnik, Bulgaria, May 2009

Originally uploaded by plepe

Again Gara Lakatnik – I hope it doesn’t get boring yet – this time in the beginning of May, and spring has finally started. I went there again with to Polish friends who were on the Erasmus program too. They really loved the place, and the view is really beautiful from there – this time to the East. It’s part of the main line between Sofia and Varna, and it’s the slowest part, as it’s going through the mountains and is very curvy. The next bigger towns along the train line are Svoge to the South and Mesdra to the East.
In the area next to the river you can see some small industrial landuse, between the train line and the right picture corner the spreading village of Gara Lakatnik.

Gara Lakatnik in Bulgaria again, in April 2009

Freitag, Januar 22nd, 2010


Gara Lakatnik in Bulgaria again, in April 2009

Originally uploaded by plepe

I really liked this rock face near Gara Lakatnik so, one day when I needed some fresh air, I went there again (and a third time in June with some other Erasmus students). Down in the village a nice Bulgarian couple started talking to me, I think they thought I’m confused and lost my way, in fact I was just doing some mapping for the OpenStreetMap-project. Anyway I showed them the way up the rock face, as they were there for their first time and we had a really nice time together.
As you can see, although it was the beginning of April, spring hasn’t really started yet, only the cherry trees were in full blossom. In the valley you can see the train line in direction Sofia.

Gara Lakatnik, Bulgaria in January 2009

Donnerstag, Januar 21st, 2010


Gara Lakatnik, Bulgaria in January 2009

Originally uploaded by plepe

There was an especially warm period in Bulgaria nearly one year ago. I and two friends used the opportunity to go for a little hiking trip to Gara Lakatnik, about one hour by train to the North of Sofia. That rock face in the background is easily climbable in about an hour, a socialist monument waiting on the top.
Gara Lakatnik is a village itself, it must have been founded when the train line was built. There’s a village Lakatnik too, some kilometers to the East.

„TCM“ shop in Bucharest, Romania

Mittwoch, Januar 20th, 2010


„TCM“ shop in Bucharest, Romania

Originally uploaded by plepe
Today I want to show you a picture of a „TCM“-shop selling „Produce Germania“ meaning „German Products“. Quite funny, you can find them all throughout Eastern Europe and seem to be quite popular, selling electronics, cooking utensils and clothing. In Germany and Austria those products are sold by coffee shops like Eduscho and Tchibo and are famous to be „low priced“. My mother is very fond of them, she often buys me some stuff.

Group of Photographers in Bucharest

Dienstag, Januar 19th, 2010


Group of Photographers in Bucharest

Originally uploaded by plepe

The day I went to Bucharest (Rumania) my CouchSurfer joined a group of photographers who meet regularly (like once a month) to explore a district of their city. For sure I used the opportunity to join them, that’s what I’m travelling for, don’t I?
So we were this huge group (about 50 people I guess) of photographers walking through this district, taking pictures of everything. Imagine the astonishment of the population ;)
It was really interesting, as this were my first experiences with Rumanian culture.
If I remember correctly, on this picture I think they were taking pictures of the moving swing.

National Library in Prishtina, Kosovo

Montag, Januar 18th, 2010


National Library in Prishtina, Kosovo

Originally uploaded by plepe

In March 2009 I made a trip to Kosovo, as I was interested in the youngest democracy of Europe. It’s a country which still needs a lot of time and energy to develop their economy, but people are very friendly and helpful.
In this picture you can see one of the most famous buildings of Prishtina, the capital: The national library, located near the city centre in something which might develop into a park some day.

View from Tauplitz, Austria

Sonntag, Januar 17th, 2010


View from Tauplitz, Austria

Originally uploaded by plepe

In Februar 2007 I went skiing with some friends to Tauplitz, a mountain in Austria. On this picture we are admiring the beautiful view from there.