Our trip to Macedonia! (virtually, of course!!)

In May 2020, Morris Habitat hosted a Habitat Global Village Trip luncheon to Veles, Macedonia, over Zoom. Thirty trailblazers connected virtually to explore Macedonian culture, food, drink and people, while learning about families in need of safe housing in Macedonia.

Participants prepared with recipes to make for the meal, including a Veles’ specialty, pita pastrmajlija; an Academy Award-winning movie; and music to enjoy during the virtual trip. Gift bags provided a bottle of 2012 Barrique Cabernet Sauvignon, a quality dry red wine from the Veles wine region, and a jar of Ajvar, the national sauce, made of sweet red peppers.

Throughout the luncheon, as the virtual travelers enjoyed an authentic Macedonian spread and local wine, the moderators guided everyone through the visit. The vibrant discussion and taste of Macedonia left all full of knowledge and full of authentic Macedonian flavors.

Rilind Jegeni, Volunteer Coordinator of Habitat for Humanity Macedonia, shared the country’s history and described the need for safe, decent, and affordable housing. He also illustrated ‘a day in the life’ of a Macedonian family.

Other guides were Atanas and Hristina Nakev (members of Morris Habitat’s Leadership Council), Rehana Flessner (Morris Habitat’s Global Village leader), and Blair Schleicher Wilson (Morris Habitat’s CEO).