Today is Orthodox Christmas in Macedonia. We woke to a cloudy day that turned into morning snow flurries. It is also Monday which means there is a Monday hike and an excuse to delay our packing one more day.
Dan and I joined two friends, Tereza and Tiesja, and drove to St. Nikita Monastery to hike through the mostly abandoned village of Chucer in Skopska Crna Gora located a few miles northwest of Skopje. When we arrived there was still a light dusting of snow covering the ground and rooftops making the landscape look like a Christmas card.
We found that while many of the structures are indeed ruins and uninhabitable, there were a few homes still occupied.