Friday, June 27, 2008


Our luck on this trip is sometimes staggering, and now thanks to Leigh's high school friend Pance, we have an apartment to live in close to the center of Skopje, Macedonia. It is perfect, situtated on top of the local green market, where peaches are cheaper than apples and we can by one egg at a time.

Despite the fact that we are still in a culture that drinks more than we can and dresses infinitely better than we do. However, we are lucky to have stumbled into Pance's fantastic group of self-professed geeks. They go to electronic conferences that sound more like huge raves than geek gatherings, but can drink until three and get up at eight in the morning for work.

Most days, we sleep until the mid-afternoon, spreading our arms and legs as far apart as possible as it is to hot to do anything except harrass the person who dares bring their limb close to the other's. The day usually starts with breakfast, a lesson from the yoga book and then the search for coffee or ice cream. Perhaps the biggest daily challange is ordering coffee, which we want iced, and not two cubes which will soon turn my cocktail into a diluted half-caff stew. Four days later, we still do not know the Macedonian word for ice (but we do know the word for hangover). At night, when we are not watching the Eurocup (GO SPAIN!) we busy ourselves trying to find out what the hell Greece is so worked up about.

And so with a life like this, who needs to come home and get a job?

Well, we do. Believe it or not, six months abroad is only cheap if you manage to circumvent Europe. As we let our funds dwindle we begin to miss the sensation of a good, hard, Puritan day of work. Turns out we are Americans and Americans love to work. So as much as we might poke fun at all our engineering friends, you're the one's whose couches (or vacation homes?) we might be sleeping at when we get home.

So, signing off with the favorite joke of our new friends, here is a shout out to all our beloved geeks:

There is a survey being conducted about Cybersex on the three campuses of the school, the Engineering campus, the Business campus and the Art campus. The interviewer approaches a student from the Art school and askes her "do you know what Cybersex is?" She gets a confused look on her face and askes "what kind of sex?"

Next he askes a student from the Business school, "do you know what Cybersex is?" He looks at the interviewer with a strange look and asks, "what kind of sex?"

Lastly, the interviewer finds an engineering student and asks him, "do you know what Cybersex is?" The Engineer looks puzzled and asks "Cyber what?"


Pance said...

you forgot to writethe following:

at the end, the interviewer found someone from the mechanical school and asked them what Cybersex was??

and the mechanical engineer goes "What What??"

Marjan said...

Well, once again you are wrong.
Me being from Macedonia must say that. (not that i want to, but I have to, you know) I didn't pay much attention to the factuality of the whole text, but the final words got my undivided attention. The joke telling part, and you got it wrong. It goes like this:

National survey team goes to universities around the country and survey the students about their sex life on college campuses. Firstly they go to computer science school since this is so 21st century term and who else could know about it better than the uber-geeks from the new technologies department. Well, not a good judgment of the survey team since the answer was
"Cyber what???"
So they say to themselves - well they're geeks after all with no social life at all, lets go to medical school, they should know much better about this. Well, guess again. Their answer to the question "what is cyber-sex?" was - What sex??
Ok, we didn't have much luck 2 times, the third must be a hitter right? So off they go to law school, after all they are all about talking, communicating and presumably they know a little bit about new technologies.
Q: "What is your experience with Cyber Sex?"
Law student: "What what?"
(little did they know the average law book in Macedonia is at leas 1000 pages small, so socializing for a law student is out of question)

Igor said...

(Quote)Four days later, we still do not know the Macedonian word for ice(Quote)....
The Macedoian word for ice is Led...Now you know :)

Anonymous said...

(Quote)The Macedoian word for ice is Led...(Quote)
Led is Serbian word for ice ... macedonian: MRAZ :)