About the Author
Thammy Evans lived and worked in Macedonia for five years as a political advisor to NATO HQ Skopje, and continues to give independent advice and analysis on Macedonia to the British Foreign Office and Ministry of Defence. She also has considerable knowledge of the wider Balkans, especially Serbia and Bosnia; she served in Bosnia with the British Army in 1996 and 1997. Thammy speaks a mixture of Macedonian, Serbian and Croatia, and has a second home in Croatia.
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The French rightly call a mixed salad’ une salade macedoine. In fact anything mixed up is macedoine. A quick look at Macedonia’s history will show you why (if you got this far without reading the first chapter then just take a look at the chronology on page 3 for a gallop through Macedonian history). Macedonia has been anything but a homogenous nation. Aside from various settlers in the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron ages, Macedonia has been invaded, starting with the Romans, by over a dozen tribes, races and empires. And those are the ones that didn’t stay. Then there are those who made a home in Macedonia and added spice to the salad.
The remote Monastery of Treskavec is 8km outside Prilep under the summit of the impressive Zlatovrv. It is a magnificent old complex of significant historical and cultural value that is in urgent need of renovation. The site is of such worth that it is even on the World Monument Fund’s 2006 top 100 most endangered sites. In addition to the value of the site itself, its remote setting is beautiful and earned itself a central role in the internationally acclaimed Macedonian film Before the Rain, directed by Milco Mancevski Despite its former glory in the early Ottoman period, only one monk currently runs the monastery. Father Kališt, who speaks very good English after spending some time in Norwich, England, welcomes visitors to the monastery and especially to the Sunday service held at 11.00 Like all modern monks these days, Father Kališt has internet access at the monastery, email: email@example.com; and excellent mobile phone coverage.