Summer University 2017

 

Yes, I DO!

Organized by AEGEE-Skopje

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Yes, you DO want to join this adventure because you have a chance to visit both the Balkan and the Mediterranean; hike on mountains; swim in river, lake and the sea; witness a historic wedding ritual; see beautiful underwater cave; see fortresses from Byzantium time and Roman ruins, dance Macedonian folk dances and learn about our rich history; get in touch nature and sleep in idyllic village... Yes you read that right but yet words cannot describe , you have to come and experience it! The first stop of the time traveling bus is Skopje! The city will offer you mystique history, unspoiled nature, never-ending parties and hospitality as nowhere else. Say YES to the rare extraordinary opportunity and be the ‘chosen one’ to whiteness the uniqueness of Galicka Wedding - one of the oldest, traditional styles of wedding with folklore clothes, centuries old music with instruments from this region… Traditional dancing, Macedonian wine and rakija, homemade cheese and ajvar! Who knows, maybe you will continue with the romantic feeling of the village and fall in love right here. :) Next stop is Ohrid - the Macedonian pearl, kingdom of light and water with many bars and nightclubs. As for the lake itself, the water is so clean that one might mistake it for a small sea. We thought that our little adventure needed some Mediterranean spice so we added a dash of metropolitan city Thessaloniki and a pinch of idyllic Greek village Afitos! Thessaloniki has never left anyone indifferent, nor did the seaside and the amazing view of Toroneos gulf in Afitos. So hop on this magical time travel bus, see all the welcoming pretty faces, fall in love in Galichnik, be moved by the folklore, swim in our rich culture and history, feast on scrumptious foods, breath in the fresh mountain air, get yourself a sea tan - but most of all say YES to a new adventure!

General Information:

From: Tuesday, July 11th
To: Saturday, July 22nd
Starts in: Skopje
Ends in: Thessaloniki
Type: Summer Course info_outline
Thematic categories: History and Local Culture / Arts, Creativity and Cooking
Fee: 154€ info_outline
35 Friends
Accomodation: Gym, Youth Hostel, student dormitories. Sleeping bag and mattress needed.
Confirmation: Send copy of the ticket AND pay 50% of the fee in advance
Optional fee: 40€
Used for: Boat trip - Matka canyon cave, visit St. Naum, visit Afitos.
Alternative: Visit a monastery in Matka, free time, shopping.
Language: Macedonian,English.
Special equipment needed: Swimming suit,beach towels, sun cream,hiking boots, sports shoes,sleeping bag and mattress.
Suited for disabled people: No

Theme:

An alternative and creative journey trough Macedonian culture and history.

Contact:

Phone: +389 78 430 475

Our ideal participant:

    The ideal participant is enthusiastic, creative and with lots of energy. Great team player and a positive person. Someone who loves history and folklore and it is not afraid to try Rakija. Someone who can dance like nobody's watching and won’t take no for an answer. If you think you can survive the awesomeness of this adventure with few hours of sleep, you are the ideal participant!

Activities:

    • Macedonian history and culture workshop,
    • Youth mobility workshop,
    • Europtimism workshop,
    • Traditional dances workshop,
    • Cooking workshop for traditional Macedonian food,
    • Visit the house of a Nobel Peace Prize Winner-Mother Teresa,
    • Visit the Holocaust Memorial Center for the Jews of Macedonia,
    • Visit Museum of the city of Skopje,
    • City tour in Skopje, Galicnik, Ohrid and Thessaloniki
    • Galichka Wedding Ceremony,
    • Sports - especially beach games and swimming,
    • Hiking Mountain Vodno,
    • Visit St.Naum (optional),
    • Boat trip in Canyon Matka (optional),
    • Visit Afitos (optional),
    • Treasure hunt,
    • Thematic parties,
    • European night.

Course Information:

Course:
Timetable:
Course level: Beginner
Course given by: Experienced members Marijana Asprovska, Oliver Andreevski, Stefani Stevanovska and Sashka Stefanovska.
Equipment:
Supported by University: Yes

Join the Summer University and visit:

Skopje

Welcome to Skopje, the capital of the Republic of Macedonia, a city located in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula, a city with a 2000 years old tradition. We would encourage you to take a walk along the beautiful quay of the Macedonian river “Vardar”, to stroll along the narrow streets of the Old Bazaar, which is the biggest bazaar preserved in the Balkans today, to climb up Kale, in order to feel the spirit of the 1500 years' old fortress and enjoy the panorama of Skopje.
Skopje is the mixture of traditional and modern, urban and unspoiled, suitable for every taste. You will take a deep breath from the pick of the Mountain Vodno, where you will meet one of the biggest Christian symbols: the Millennium Cross, and will enjoy the mesmerizing nature, while watching the whole city under yourself. You will be astonished by the vast, magnificent and beautiful Canyon Matka, which is easily Macedonia’s most distinguishable landmark – and an artificial wonder that you simply have to see to believe. Skopje is internationally famous for being the birthplace of Mother Teresa.

Galichnik

Now it is time to say YES to the most beautiful Macedonian village with a great historical and cultural importance - Galichnik! The Galichnik Wedding Ceremony (Galička Svadba in Macedonian) is an annual ceremony held in the Macedonian village of Galicnik near the city of Debar in which a selected couple gets married in the traditional "Galichka" style wedding.What makes it so unique? The past tells us a story of a community living in the slopes of mount Bistra, a place with really low economic resources. Most of the people who weren’t sheepherders had to go abroad to work and improve their economic status.
Even though they were working abroad, they were traditionally a closed community and they only got married at home in the village. St. Peter’s day (12th July – Petrovden) was the day that served as a day to celebrate weddings. Every wedding that was going to happen in the village was on that day. Some of the legends say there used to be around 50 wedding performed in one day, but the original tradition says they lasted for a week. Today, the same costumes and traditions are done with a selected couple who undergoes this centuries old wedding style.

Ohrid

Next stop Ohrid the immortal city, the Macedonian pearl, kingdom of light and water, a repository of ancient ruins from Macedonia’s earlier kingdoms waits for you. All the major attractions are located within a walking distance, among and above the narrow streets of the Old Town lined with restaurants and cafés perfectly suited for relaxing in the cool summer evenings. Ohrid is notable for once having had 365 churches, one for each day of the year, and has been referred to as a "Jerusalem of the Balkans".As part of the optional fee we will visit the Monastery of Saint Naum - located on the lakeshore and with great view to the mountains and the lake. The presence of a great number of peacocks adds to the experience. Ohrid’s many bars and nightclubs also make for a vibrant nightlife. There are many beaches where you can sunbathe and enjoy a cocktail, also we will play beach games and swim in the crystal clear water that is often mixed up with being a sea because of its color and purity. At night, there are many beach parties as well. Ohrid is one of only 28 sites that are part of UNESCO's World Heritage that are both Cultural and Natural sites.

Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is the second largest town of Greece. Due to its central location, it serves as a commercial, business and transportation hub for all northern Greece. Because of its rich history, there are many interesting sights to see in the town, mostly dating from the Roman and the Byzantine times.
The most famous monument of Thessaloniki Greece is certainly the White Tower, the symbol of the town, located above the port. Equally famous is the Kamara, the arch that Roman general Galerius constructed to celebrate a war victory in the 3rd century AD.
In the center, you can also visit the Roman Agora, an ancient theater and the Palace of Galerius, which stand there as remainings of the Roman Era.
The Byzantine Period has left beautiful churches all over the town, which in fact have been included in the Unesco List of World Heritage Monuments. Ladadika is the top nightlife quarter of the city with many restaurants and bars, while the Old Town is picturesque with its narrow, paved streets and the stone houses. Among street photographers, the center of Thessaloniki is also considered the most popular destination for street photography in Greece.

Afitos (optional)

Afitos or Athitos is a traditional village in Kassandra Halkidiki which is located 83 km away from Thessaloniki. It has an amazing view of Toroneos gulf as the village is built on a hill overlooking the coast. Athitos is every architect's dream come true, perfectly combining natural beauty and human presence.
Walking along the cobblestone alleyways, observing the traditional village with its fine examples of Greek folk architecture, one almost feels like time has stopped at the beginning of the previous century. The houses are made of mud brick and stone brought by Arvanites who, together with the native population, built the village in the early 19th century.
The village square hosts the church of St. Demetrius which was built around 1858 and is the only domed basilica in Halkidiki. It has a long history as there is evidence of settlements from 3000 BC. Afitos which was known as Afitios flourished as member of the Athenian Alliance. In 348 BC was destroyed by King Phillip II and was reoccupied later. During the Roman Period experienced a second major development probably due to the monument of Ammon Zeus.
In the summer months Afitos is “flooded” by tourists. The sea has a beautiful turquoise color that is complimented by the yellow sand. You will definitely fall in love with this idyllic little village that is a perfect example of Mediterranean beauty.
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