Week 1 here in Macedonia has been successfully survived. It’s a long-established truth that the more disaster you expect, the less you will get (like bringing an umbrella to prevent the rain), but it was still exhausting, and some recovery was in order. Apparently it is trendy to use nature exposure these days, so that is what we – my two Lithuanian colleagues and I – proceeded to do. This will be a long series of posts, because I finally had the time, the freedom and the unhurried companionship to take a… decent… amount of photos. So, here is part 1: Pathways (which will be in two parts). Let us take a walk! Also OMG it’s been so long since I posted!
Our visit to Canyon Matka started in the early afternoon, with lots of golden sunlight in the beginning, but in the mountains, darkness comes rather quickly, and by the end of the trip, the whole canyon was in shadow. We took a suspiciously constructed boat out to the caves (for later!) and decided to walk back. I will admit, my fingers were mostly itching not to take pictures, but to get my hands on some of that delicious, delicious rock all around us. Sitting quietly in a boat while some serious tactile experiences go floating by? Neh.
At any rate, it was a good walk back – I would say the trail is not for those with a fear of heights, although compared to some locations I have seen, this one is not particularly extreme. Well, except in the places where some falling rocks had taken out the railing. But the general feeling was safe. My two colleagues did not let me do as much climbing around as I wanted to (I had some serious leftover anxious energy), though I do admit – looking back – that this was probably for the best.
Let us proceed!