Bali-laziness, Fireflies & Shooting Stars

We were off to Bali with a pretty sizable list of things to go and places to see – as always.
But then life happened.

In a good way, of course.

Because, with barely 5 days in our pockets, on an island where getting around takes quite a bit of time (despite the relatively decent infrastructure) there was just too much to do & waaay too little time..

At some point, you have to tell yourself to: just chill the heck down & enjoy the show.!

So I abruptly tore my to-do list and brought it back to basics, giving in to the most delicious piece of laziness I’ve had in quite a while.
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A Stormy San Diego & A Singing Amtrak

I couldn’t help myself gawking out the window, to a slightly excited Pacific breakers, thinking about the time I saw its waves from the other side of the ocean .. when someone suddenly started singing on the loudspeaker.

“I love your redwood forests

Love your fields of yellow grain

I love your summer breezes

And I love your winter rain..”

It’s a gorgeous say outside, folks! then he continued by telling us about the temperature and time left till we reach San Diego. … More A Stormy San Diego & A Singing Amtrak

My California dreams: The General and El Capitan

Dreams do come true. If you turn them into goals.

I had a photo of General Sherman pinned to my desk at work for over 2 years..

It stuck there watching over me in the corporate cubicle that I learned not to hate – because hey, it’s all just a means to an end and you do need money to travel.Read more…

When I moved jobs, I took the General with me..

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What do cemeteries, deer and takoyaki have in common?

I still remember the smell of the air the first time I set foot in Japan.

That unique scent of sea, salt, algae and hot sidewalks.. Japan will own the trademark on that smell.Read more…

I had not slept for the entire 11-hour flight from Paris, choosing to feel every single thing on the way.

The takeoff, the friendly smiles of the flight attendants, the screams of a nearby kid who was not as happy as me to be on board the plane.. … More What do cemeteries, deer and takoyaki have in common?

A look back to Japan

Ten years ago I left the country for the first time.

I went to Japan, of all places!

At the time, I’d never even been to your typical Romanian seaside. I mean, even Paris seemed far away and exotic and unreachable!

I remember asking my brother how flying feels like: “It’s really just like riding the bus, only it runs smoother”.

A flying bus, 10 km up in the sky. Nice.. … More A look back to Japan