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Returning to Selo Besiste after 35 years in Canada


To this day I still don’t have a good answer as to why it took me over 35 years to return to my birth place. When friends and relatives ask me as to why, I jokingly tell them that I was too busy building my own empire! Right after I finished school I started my working career and shortly after that I got married. By the time I was 23 years old my life was full with a job, a mortgage, a car loan, looking after our two boys and their sporting activities and the beginnings of a major renovation to our home. In the late 1990’s I considered taking a vacation and returning to my birthplace but instead settled with a camping trip with my family that took us all over eastern USA and Canada.


In 1999 I bought our lakefront cottage which required a complete re-build. Weekends and our vacations were the only time I was able to build and after 7 years the cottage was completed. At that point my personal goals were fulfilled and I decided to start travelling overseas with my first trip to my birthplace. Since this was our first trip overseas and we didn’t know what to expect, we planned to spend 10 days in the village and the remaining vacation exploring Greece’s finest cities and landmarks. In the summer of 2006 my wife and I arrived in Athens, Greece, rented a car and travelled north towards the Macedonian border. After 10 hours driving we arrived in Lerin/Florina (the closest town near Bitola border).


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