This Country Changes You


In Macedonia, I say yes to pretty much everything.

Coffee? Yes, absolutely!
A third bowl of tavche gravche? Yes, absolutely!
An hour in the janitors’ closet, which has smoke instead of air? Yes, absolutely!
Want to see a cow slaughter? Yes, absolutely!
Want to watch us make pita for three hours? Yes, absolutely!

An unintended side effect of this seems to be an increased openness in all areas of my life, manifested as an intense interest in ads for diet pills and all products advertised on television. If you need to find me, I am probably with my host mother, clipping ads for cellulite cream and discussing the most effective methods of weight loss that don’t involve actually eating less.

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