Macedonia & Vienna Travel Log
Part Six: Galičnik & Cheese
A few pictures from the trip up to the village of Galičnik in the mountains.
Galičnik is almost a ghost village now, except in the summer. Our hosts
welcomed us to a meal of white sheep cheese (unripened -- the yellow ripened
cheeses aren't availble until May), raika, which is rather like brandy but
richer in flavour, and a type of fine-grained cornmeal porridge served with
thick clotted sheep cream, which had a tangy taste -- it was probably actually
sour cream soured by culturing with something. Very unusual and tasty. Also very
filling! The road up to Galičnik was very narrow, with terrifying sharp curves
and drop-offs, as well as drifts one or two metres high, once one rose up above
the primrose-filled beechwoods of the lower slopes, into the raw limestone and
juniper of the heights. The view was amazing.
Tonight was also the opening of the book fair. The Vermilion booth is quite eyecatching, with a big poster for Torrie and one for the Macedonian translation of the Peter Pan sequel. But there will be more about the fair later.