Here’s a special Macedonia story that I experienced before leaving the country after two intensive days of work. On Wednesday in the early morning hours I walked towards the city of Skopje, as I was curious to get a glimpse of it.
Coming back by taxi the driver asked me for Macedonian Denar, which unfortunately I didn’t have enough of. I was short 50 Denar.
There was an ATM at the hotel entrance, but I the minimum withdrawal limit was 500 Denar, which was much more than I needed, as I was about to travel home. So I asked the friendly front desk agent if he could possibly pay the taxi driver 50 Denar and put it on my invoice.
His response was so lovely:
“I cannot do that, Ma’am, not allowed.“
Then he opened his personal wallet and handed me 50 Denar. When I didn’t want to accept his money, he smiled, adding:
“Don’t worry, it’s only 1 EUR. We Macedonians are rich – rich at heart”!