Discovering Prilep (11)

My first impressions about Prilep

Ciao! I'm Roberto Cascio, I'm 28 years old and I will be involved in an EVS program in Prilep for the next three months.

Macedonia, chapter of my life

I do not know for sure if Macedonia has chosen me or I have chosen it, but I think that we both needed this challenge, this exchange of experience and “a way out” of the comfort zone. Although my experience started in the middle of the summer, it was living inside of me since the winter. Prilep is my host town and, in a way, it tries to gain my sympathy, I have to admit it's succeeding although the beginning was not promising.

 

My beginnings as a volunteer in Prilep

I didn't think that the volunteer experience could bring me things I did not expect.

Nеw Italian volunteers in Prilep

After two months of staying in Macedonia we are ready to write our first impressions of this interesting land. To introduce ourselves: we are Davide, Mattia and Laura, three Italian volunteers coming in Macedonia for doing the EVS project in Prilep. We will be volunteering at INFOSEGA for one year and working on a project about developing entrepreneurship skills of young people in high schools.

First impression of a new volunteer

What's your first impressions of Macedonia?

 This is the question my friend and family in France asked me when I just arrived in Prilep. Most of French people don't know much about Balkan’s culture and they are curious about it. I arrived two weeks ago and I can't pretend to picture everything in a short time, but at least I can share some of my first impressions!

To introduce myself quickly: I'm 23 girls, I'm from Brittany in the west part of France. I just finished school and travelling is a hobby so it's the reason why I came in Prilep for an EVS. I'll stay in SEGA for seven months.

Mir Restaurant, a little piece of paradise

If you really want to enjoy good Macedonian specialities I advise you to go to MIR Restaurant. This place is not in the city centre of Prilep, but located near to Prilep Lake (Прилепско Езеро), about 7km from the centre of Prilep at a 12 minute drive or a 2h walk.

Discovering Prilep: fox caves and surroundings

Near the North of Varosh in Prilep, there are a series of passages in between the rocks that can make for a good mix of bouldering, caving and mountain hiking.

Discovering Prilep: Treskavec Monastery

I went on a hike up to Treskavec Monastery. I departed with a group of mainly Macedonians from Prilep Lake all the way up to the Monastery and then taking a pathway through the hills until the base of Marko’s Towers’ hill.

The hike literally provided a welcome breath of fresh air after a night out in the previous evening. It is nice to get away from the cement and tar for some hours and just walk through nature.