When planning my trip to Macedonia, I decided that it would be nice to not only experience Florina and Thessaloniki, but also parts of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. According to web sources, Ohrid is supposed to be a beautiful place, so Ohrid it was.
The tiny problem is that there is no public transport between Florina and Ohrid. I googled for a solution, and found that the only possibility is to take a taxi from Florina to Bitola (which is in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), and then take a bus from Bitola to Ohrid. The price for this: I had to pay 40 Euros to get from Florina to Bitola – this took about half an hour. Thereafter, the bus cost 210 dinars (about 3.5 Euros) for a ride lasting more than one hour. On the way back, I will do the same in reverse: a bus to Bitola and then a (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) cab to Florina. Maybe that will be cheaper.
When I got to Ohrid, the “Norwegian male syndrome” hit again – I did not want to ask for directions, so I started to walk around. Looking at the map now, I see that it is terribly easy to find Sunny Lake Hostel, but I spent quite a lot of time looking for it, obviously getting to know Ohrid a little in the process.
Ohrid is ridiculously beautiful. The lake, old churches and other houses – everything combines into a very picturesque place. Of course, it is also full of tourists, which is not so good, but at least it means that I can walk around in shorts and sandals without anyone protesting.
The hostel is okay. One single room costs 12 Euros a night, which I find reasonable. Breakfast (mostly bread) is included, as is wireless internet (quite important these days). The hostel is in the old part of town, close to the center of town. It seems to be quite new. This morning, I saw a list of “Longest-staying guests” downstairs, with only one name on it. I asked how long this guest had stayed: he came two days ago and leaves today… :-)
The main problem with the hostel so far is that the water in the shower seems to be either scolding or freezing. Maybe there is a trick…
(I know that the use of "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" as a name for the country I'm in is disliked here. However, it is currently the name recognized by the Norwegian government, as far as I can see in official sources.)
Edit: I have exchanged the term "FYROM" with "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" in the text above after being made aware that "FYROM" is not an acknowledged short form of "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia".