"Park Life" Bitola Local Custom Tip by Ekaterinburg

Bitola Local Customs: 10 reviews and 19 photos

  Last of the Summer Wine, Bitola style
by Ekaterinburg

In Bitola there are lots and lots of green spaces, especially around the old part of town near the Isak Mosque and the Bazaar. This is something I love in a city and obviously the residents love them as well. On Friday morning these parks were busy from mid-morning on and every bench was occupied. As mentioned in the previous tip, lots of people use the park tables and benches to play games on but for others they are clearly an extension of their living rooms. In particular it seemed to me that the benches were full of men. I did see one or two women sitting down but it was the exception rather then the rule. The men, particularly older men, were having a great time, sitting, chatting and getting up to shake hands with every acquaintance that passed. Stories were exchanged, jokes told and there was much laughter and fun. The men in this picture, some of whom shared my bench for a while, were particularly lively and I couldn't help comparing their lifestyle with older people in Ireland, who spend the majority of each day indoors and often alone. They were friendly too, without being in the least bit intrusive and if they were surprised to find a burek-eating female sharing their bench, they certainly didn't show it.

For those who are not familiar with it, the 'Last of the Summer Wine' reference, is to a British TV show dealing with the antics of a group of older men in Yorkshire.

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  • Updated Jun 15, 2011
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