Chashitka. The fact that Google gives us only 3 results when we search this word, makes this highly exclusive information. It is a dialect word that describes a very curious person, but not curious in science or practical knowledge, but interested in others lives. It is a variation of a Gosipper, but without bad intentions, just related to mere social curiosity.
During the ‘’monuments rising” period in Skopje (2008-2014), people who didn’t live in the capital were questioning why the budget only went to the capitals monuments. Following this idea, towns around Macedonia were coming up with an idea on what kind of monument (what is most characteristic) should be raised in the towns around. Exactly Chashitka was one of the most valid suggestions for Ohrid.
How this monument would look like is the answer that can accurately describe what this phenomenon represents: a middle aged woman (just by causality, it doesn’t mean it can’t also be a male) placed near the window and checking up what the neighbors have for lunch. It is possible that this person owns previous statistics about the topic that she is mostly interested in, so you can have an information like: “they had meat for lunch three times last week”, or, “ they don't eat enough fibers this month”. Completely unnecessary information, but this can be counted as a hobby too, right?
The tradition of this over-curiosity leads up to this: during the visiting of the guests for celebrations in the house, the host is “obliged” to have each door open, so the guest can check if everything is clean and neat in the house. If some of the doors are closed, It is considered as “not-so-well done” by the host. A lot of pressure, don’t you think?
The architecture and interior design back in the 19-20 century also got changed because of this. The windows got bigger and the ceilings was painted with beautiful art. All of this was because of many pairs of curious eyes that are ready to check out everything as a hobby.
I am Zlata and I am an architect living in the Balkans. I am passionate about cities, how people influence architecture and vice versa, and how places change our lives.