Favorite Photos from Macedonia, Kosovo and Greece
“What day is it?”
It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
My favorite day,” said Pooh.” – A.A. Milne
Our primary means of transportation this trip has been buses, boats and trains, however once in a while we get a car, which is what we did in Macedonia and Greece. A car gives us freedom to explore out of the way sites and to visit less tourist packed countries. However, it means much of my time is spent driving. I enjoy driving, but I also enjoy taking photos from trains, from cars with drivers and from boats. Most of the time, driving and taking pictures from the car are mutually exclusive endeavors. Even so, there are a few pictures that made it into my collection.
When I am not driving, I love snapping away; I love the diversity of photos you get from a day in a moving vehicle. By the end of the day, you have a variety of landscapes, people, and colors. Those uncommon days become remarkable days, and although we do our best to be present every day, a day well documented with photographs becomes a part of many future tomorrows. For example, on our last trip, we had 4 or 5 days where we were being driven through Rajasthan. When we returned home, I found a disproportionate number of my favorite photos were from those days, and subsequently those 4 or 5 days appear much more in our retelling or my reliving the previous trip.
Most of my pictures from Greece and the Balkans focus on the ruins of the past, and a few are of the struggles of the present. In this region, there is a different kind of tension than in Israel. There still is a little ethnic tension, but the economics are the source of most unease. We got to witness some of that unease up close and in person.