In June, 2019, on my last day in Skopje I was eating at one of my favorite cafes and talking to this cashier who also used to live in New York. I mentioned I was taking a bus to Sofia the next day and he told me the owner of the cafe who I’d talked to a couple of times was driving up that night. Basically the owner offered to give me a ride so I went home and packed and we left two hours later. Sections of road were pretty rough along the way, but it made for a fun little 4 hour road trip. The big building with the star is the National Palace of Culture which people just call N.D.K., it’s located within a larger park area and its kind of a central meeting point in town.