“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” ― Lewis Carroll For a while now I have been residing back at my homeland. Finishing some unfinished businesses and some free time has given me a good opportunity to explore the nature in my country. The winter here can be pretty beautiful but freezing. I missed experiencing a proper winter while being abroad for so long. After a long time, I could feel how -20 C (-4F) degrees feels on my skin. It’s not very fun and the best is to stay indoors by the fireplace, but it does create beautiful art outdoors. Windows are getting painted by Jack Frost and the trees are wearing white coats. I have been practicing a new hobby and have put together a video of a frosty Estonian winter. I hope you enjoy it!
Since I mostly blog about what I do and experience while I travel and it’s usually positive, I have not really put much attention to some negative sides of it. This time I don’t want to talk about how my bag got stolen or anything like that but about tourist behavior. Traveling has become largely accessible and available also to people with lower income. You can see how many planes are flying at this very moment all over the world HERE. All this shows that tourism has a huge impact on the environment, economy and the people. Sometimes I stumble upon tourists doing something really ignorant that has a negative effect on either the local community, nature or something else. I am not perfect either. Have made some mistakes in the past and learned the truth behind different tourism aspects only later. There is so much information available now on how to travel responsibly. Yet many people still ignore it. Thus, I am going to share some stories of what I have witnessed or what really grinds my gears. Trashing the last rainforest When I was in Thailand, I visited the only rainforest left in […]
Before leaving Romania, I wanted to see the capital city Bucharest. I decided to take the night train from Baia Mare to Bucharest, so I could have my first experience sleeping on the train. The train took off at six o’clock in the evening and arrived twelve hours later to the capital. There were two options, to either book a cabin shared with five other people or a private one. I chose the private one since I was all alone with way too much luggage and felt like in terms of security it would be much easier for me to be by myself. The cabin was simple with two bunk beds, a tiny table and a mirror. It was a little over heated so I slept with the window open. Luckily I managed to sleep, albeit it was pretty noisy. Finally, at 6.30 AM there I was at Bucharest train station ready to spend my final two days in Romania. Day 1 I did not have much planned for the first day, but just to stroll around and see what I discover. There was nothing really that caught my eye or I was determined to visit […]
Our Northwest Romania discovery trip was coming to an end, but there were few more places to see. After seeing so many great places already, I thought to myself how much tourism potential Romania has. It could become a real tourist hot spot with so much to offer, but on the other hand that could ruin many things as well. I love the fact that you don’t have to wait in queues everywhere and all the attractions and items are not overpriced for tourists. The local life has not been affected by tourists and it is truly authentic, not a show for visitors like in some other places. I guess it could use some small improvements with tourist facilities, but I still hope it stays as humble and true to itself as it is. Alba Iulia One of the last cities we visited was Alba Iulia. It is a pretty small city, but very clean and organised. The best attraction in the city is probably the citadel in the centre. You can drive there, but inside, you can only walk or cycle. First, you notice that there are multiple metal figures of people placed all […]
Having impulsively changed our trip duration from a weekend to a week meant that we needed to rent a car to best discover Northwest Romania. We searched for the cheapest options and just chose one renter in the end. The car we received was completely dirty like it just came from a mud wrestling competition. It had barely any gas in it, could be unlocked only from the passenger’s seat side and had even a half empty coffee cup there waiting for us to spill it. Also, it did not have any glass cleaning liquid in it. That’s a bad thing to discover while you are driving and it starts to snow heavily. The windshield becomes completely dirty, you can barely see anything through the glass and the wipers are useless. Still, we had fun with it. Lake Tarnita One day we decided to drive to lake Tarnita, which has beautiful views. The lake is not very far from Cluj city, but it is very long itself (close to 9 km) surrounded by gorgeous landscape. There were many houses on the lake and I imagined how fun it must be to spend time here in […]
Eager to discover more of Northwest Romania, we set our course to Cluj-Napoca. Initially, we planned a one weekend trip, but suddenly things changed and we stayed for more than a week. I ended up constantly rewashing my three shirts and three pairs of undies that I had packed for a weekend trip . Actually, I am more than happy to have experienced this kind of gypsie or simple traveller lifestyle. Materialistically I don’t need much at all. In a world dominated by consumerism, it takes time and effort to learn how to live with less but it is a great bonus for travellers. And in general, why do we need so much stuff anyway? But enough about my personal development. Let me tell you a little about Cluj-Napoca and other lovely places we discovered. Cluj-Napoca In terms of population, Cluj is triple the size of Baia Mare, the city where I have been hanging out for a while. A little over 300 000 people live here. It is kind of built in a valley so the whole city is surrounded by hills. I finally learned to call them hills, not mountains, because having […]
For someone who is fond of taking photos and travelling, the biggest tragedy is if something happens to the camera. One day my camera battery charger decided to leave me. I don’t even know what I did wrong to deserve this. It just vanished from my room into thin air. Thus, I am in desperate search for a new charger. I know some people are struggling to get food, but I am still a little sad for the loss. So I have to use my phone or my action camera. And now I sound like a complete asshole. Oh poor thing, she has to manage with her other camera… Last Saturday I climbed on top of a mountain (small but I am proud), this Saturday I let my fat ass rest on the car seat till we arrived on top. We visited a place where you can snowboard and ski. Unfortunately, there was not enough snow on that day and for this reason, time was mostly used to grill and enjoy the view. After all that “long talk”, I will share some pictures.
” Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Albert Camus. Autumn has always been my least favourite season. I don’t even know why when everything around you is so bright and colourful. Maybe because usually, it does not last long and shortly becomes very dark and muddy. This weekend I went up on a mountain to enjoy the colours while they still last. I could not recall ever hiking on a mountain before. And I doubt that I did some mountain hiking as a baby. So this was going to be my first experience going on top of a mountain on foot. We headed to the virgin rock (Piatra Virgina) that was on top of not a very high mountain. As I heard around 200-300 meters. Thus I was not very afraid or did not expect it to be too difficult. At one point I felt how my back started to become very sweaty and my non-smoker lungs told me to stop messing around. Suddenly, I remembered that I am afraid of heights too. The closer to the top the scarier it became and I was very afraid to slip and roll […]
Most of the times I share only photos made by my beautiful camera. Sometimes I have to settle with my phone because the camera is too heavy to carry around on every occasion. I realised I have made quite a lot of photos with my phone but never told the stories behind them. So here we go! Friday night art exhibition One Friday night, after a couple of drinks I ended up at an art exhibition. I was sitting at the main square having some drinks when suddenly somebody from the group announced that there is an open exhibition at the old cinema. Not having much to do anyways there was no question if to go and visit it. I never learned the artists’ name. I know only that he was local and that he liked to capture different moments and people in Romania. The exhibition was held in an old cinema. The building itself was already an artwork. Even though decomposed and looking abandoned, the place was awesome. You could smell the history. Looks like it used to be a cinema only for posh and upper-class people. Any architecture fanatic would be amazed. […]
I realised I have not even talked much about the city itself or shown any pictures where I am. So where the hell am I ? MAP The city Baia Mare is a smaller scale city in Romania. Its population is around 100 000 similarly to my hometown Tartu. I must have already mentioned that there are mountains everywhere unlike in my hometown, which is completely flat. On the other hand, I would say it is less developed and offers fewer places to go out, has fewer shopping malls (one big one actually), smaller fitness centres and less other leisure time activities. But if you think about it, my home city is the second biggest city in Estonia, when Baia Mare is still a very small city in Romania. In that sense, I cannot compare the two cities because the countries are too different by the size. Smaller cities in Estonia have even less to offer. I have not seen the bigger cities or the capital of Romania yet but I know already it will be pretty huge for me. Gypsies There are quite a lot of gypsies in the city. I feel like gypsies have […]