Kevin McShane — "Watch your thoughts, they become words"

Sunday June 26th, 2011

Sunday June 26th, 2011

I got up this morning, my last morning in Macedonia when I would be getting up at a regular time. This was my last day in this country I have come to enjoy so much over the last 2 weeks, time has really flew by. We got up and had about 4 hours until our bus was schedule to take is back to Kumanovo, so we decided to hike up the Castle. The town of Ohrid sits at the bottom of a small mountain; we hiked up to the top through the alleyways and crooked staircases of homes and shops. The higher up we traveled, the nicer the houses became. The Castle was being rebuilt in some areas, and you could see improvements and updates had been made in the last decade. The view from the top was incredible, we got some really good pictures! After 30 minutes of taking in the sights, we headed back down through the town and found a small Gyro shop. We got some gyros for lunch to eat on the bus ride home, then headed back to the hotel to finish packing up and head back.

The bus ride home seemed much shorter than the long curvy adventure we had on the way there, apparently there are a few different ways one can go….

The gyro’s was small but hit the spot, and we stopped at a gas station for some more snacks and cold drinks. The bus ride was spent sleeping and watching half of The Dark Knight and half of the comedy Role Models, to good movies reminding me of home. We got back to Kumanovo about 6 in the evening then walked in town one last time for dinner. We went to a restaurant called Kobra, where we at in the rooftop eating section. I ordered a burger, which came out as a large patty of meat, the size of my hand, with no bun or anything! It was a solid last supper in Macedonia.

On the way back to the hotel I spent the last Dinar I had on some chocolate ad other snacks to bring home and share with family and friends, the chocolate is a little different over here but very good. Once back at the hotel we got all packed up and enjoyed a few hours of relaxing, and even got a few visits from some of the kids in the town. I have about 50 new friends on Facebook, all kids from this town, and about half wanted to play basketball or hang out so I told them to come by the hotel and say bye. I left a bunch of my OSU gear and clothes for some of the kids, it’ll probably be a little big at first, but I’m sure  they’ll grow into them.

Joe, Roberto, Mc, Jen, and I leave tomorrow morning at 4:30am for Vienna, the after a 2 hour layover we fly to Frankfurt, Germany. We’ll stay in Frankfurt for 23 hours then arrive back in the US on Tuesday at 11:30 am. I do not know what the Internet situation will be over the next couple days but I will update when I can.

-Kevin

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