“You’re Eating Snake!”

“Daniel, you’re eating snake!” I panic, I freeze, I stop breathing and I go pale in less than a second. But here’s a little bit of context. Big mistake! March 2012. I’m a young, unexperienced solo traveler visiting Peru. A few friends I met in Lima invite me for lunch at a chifa restaurant (placesContinue reading ““You’re Eating Snake!””

I Touched the Sky – Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia

Visiting the Uyuni Salt Flats during rainy season feels a bit like touching the sky. My heart beating, my soul breathing I found my life when I laid it down Upward falling, spirit soaring I touch the sky when my knees hit the ground Touch the Sky, Hillsong United My heart beating, my soul breathing…Continue reading “I Touched the Sky – Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia”

Expectation Vs. Reality: Annoying Tourists

Siem Riep, Cambodia Expectations 5.00 AM The alarm sets off. It is still dark outside. I hop on the bike I rented yesterday and ride it towards Angkor Wat. Today’s goal: see the sun rise over the beautiful ancient temple. As I approach the historic site, the fresh morning air wakes me up completely. HereContinue reading “Expectation Vs. Reality: Annoying Tourists”

Push That Boat! Stuck in the Peruvian Jungle

I have funny stories and not-so-funny stories about almost every single trip I have taken to the Amazon rainforest. This one is both of them. August 2018. Together with a Bolivian friend I visited a Shipibo indigenous community in the Peruvian Amazon. I love to adventure deep into the jungle every once in a while,Continue reading “Push That Boat! Stuck in the Peruvian Jungle”

5 Things I Learned Working With Indigenous People

Introverted, task oriented, punctuality freak, don’t-waste-my-time kind of guy. That was me, in a nutshell, when I first arrived in Bolivia, two years ago. This whole time I’ve been working with indigenous university students, mainly from the Chiquitano ethnic group, from lowland Bolivia. From the very beginning I was aware that I’m dealing with peopleContinue reading “5 Things I Learned Working With Indigenous People”

Funny Stuff People Say When I Tell Them I’m Romanian

I was born and raised in Romania, but I have spent the last 13 years or so living in other countries and traveling worldwide. While Romanians are well-known in Europe (and not always for the right reasons), a lot of people outside the Old Continent have barely heard about my country, which often results inContinue reading “Funny Stuff People Say When I Tell Them I’m Romanian”

24 hours in Shanghai

Welcome to China’s pearl and one of the world’s biggest metropolis! With a population of well over 20 million, this city alone has more inhabitants than my home country, Romania. Shanghai is a modern city with an old soul. A place where tall skyscrapers hide the city’s heritage made up of beautiful temples, pavilions andContinue reading “24 hours in Shanghai”

Why travel solo?

Traveling alone is becoming more and more common, but it wasn’t the case when I first set foot in Peru, 7 years ago. Young, unexperienced and alone. First time outside of Europe. But thank God for Peruvian friends who helped me along the way! At first I was apprehensive about traveling alone but my itchyContinue reading “Why travel solo?”

24 hours in Madrid

Madrid is one of the most visited capital cities in Europe and if you have already been there you can understand why. It is a big, lively place with beautiful architecture and a lot of history. Despite being a relatively big city, the main tourist attractions Madrid offers are at a walking distance from eachContinue reading “24 hours in Madrid”