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The thing I enjoyed to see in Macedonia was that globalization hasnt reached yet this small country which has managed to retain its authenticity. Lots of small trades and businesses which have gone in France, for instance, are still well established here. There are no hypermarkets out there (except in the capital Skopje), and people normally go shopping to the local shopkeepers. There does exist some minimarkets or supermarkets, but they do not impinge on the local trading. People are still used to buying their fruit and vegetables at the market, and their meat at the local butchers. Let us just hope that Macedonia wont lose its soul and will still remain some time untouched by globalization.
As I pushed the door of this leather workers shop, I met a craftsman who had a true passion for his work and makes notably custom-made belts, dog leashes, shoes Just take a closer look at his workshop.
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Ce qui ma plu de voir en Mac嶮oine, cest que la mondialisation navait pas encore gangren ce petit pays qui a su garder son authenticit. De nombreux petits m彋iers et commerces qui, chez nous, ont disparu, ont ici encore pignon sur rue. Les hypermarch廥 sont absents du paysage (except dans la capitale Skopje), et chacun va faire ses courses chez les petits commer蓷nts. Il y a bien quelques superettes, mais elles nempi鋈ent pas sur le commerce local. Les gens ont gard lhabitude dacheter leurs fruits et l嶲umes au march, leur viande chez le boucher du coin. Esp廨ons que la Mac嶮oine gardera son 滵e et restera 廧argn嶪 encore quelque temps par la mondialisation.
En poussant la porte de ce maroquinier, jai d嶰ouvert un artisan qui a une vraie passion pour son activit. Il travaille le cuir et fait notamment des ceintures sur mesure, des laisses pour chien, des chaussures Je vous laisse d彋ailler son atelier.

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