We’re inveterate shoulder-season travelers, which for us means that at some point in the autumn, we’re on the road – sometimes in the US, sometimes overseas. Last year’s trip was a month-long fall fling in the Balkans.
Autumn, like the other three seasons, has its signature events and activities. And in southeastern Europe it’s a time of colorful leaves, late-blooming flowers, the final fruits of the harvest, as well as the last hurrah for warm-weather lovers.
Chilly evenings in Serbia are a reminder to sun seekers that the cold days are looming, so the parks and cafes are packed. It’s not humanly possible to soak up and store sunshine, but on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, everyone is trying to do just that.
In Bulgaria, trees that have worn respectable green robes for months decide to change into their best gold, orange and scarlet finery to welcome the season.
In Macedonian, as in all other four-season locations around the world, autumn means the harvest. The Skopje Market was flooded with fruits, berries, melons as well as all the makings for ajvar (pronouced eye-var), a deliciously addictive vegetable spread made from roasted red peppers, eggplant, garlic, oil and vinegar.
We’ve spent a lot of time in places that have only two seasons which slowly and monotonously blend into each other. So having four distinct seasons is something that we never take for granted. And even with the leaves to rake, the garden to put to bed, and all the other preparations for winter, autumn is still one of our favorite seasons and we look forward to it every year.
Happy Trails and Enjoy Your Autumn,
James & Terri