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Andreea Vasilescu
Garlic Trail expert

 

Adventure is something that describes me very well. When I was a kid I grew up in a small town with a big and forgotten castle near, Castelul Huniade. As kids, we made up stories in the castle and lived through them. During school breaks I was mainly away to the countryside, playing with animals, with friends in the sunlight, there was nothing more I could have wanted.

When I grew up I tried to fit into the world, getting an education, a job (writing, photographing and extreme sports are my hobbies), and never forgetting to have fun. For my soul I have found that experiences, not things, make me fell alive. Sharing them with people I love is what life is all about.

In my travels I’ve been to Europe in Hungary, Croatia, Monte Negro, Italy, Greece, France, Austria, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Andorra and of course, in wonderful Romania. Maybe I am being one sided, but my country’s nature and values (where they still remain intact) are the most authentic so far.

I’ve also traveled to Africa, Senegal. I found it to be a rewarding experience with beautiful wildlife and sensitive people. Getting in touch with nature and with people who work along with it is wonderful. It’s really a therapeutic experience. Seeing others, humble people, good at heart who will share their little with you, touches a cord and heals the gap between our busy minds and fragile soul.

So when you travel don’t just sit comfortable in a Hilton’s hotel room, they’re the same in every corner of the world. Try an authentic experience if you go half way around the world. Let go and live with the people, share their meals, speak with your heart open and you will grow. Really discover something new, a piece of the puzzle of life is surely to fit in. There are so many great things to see and do out there!

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Maramures Tour

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Chile – Bolivia Tour 2019

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Ethiopia Tour 2019

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Lofoten’s special flavor

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Tripping to the land of ice and fire – Iceland

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Singapore, a seductive blend of society

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Strolling around the streets of Havana

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Chefchaouen, Morocco – Beyond the Blue

It was time to leave Marrakech. Thanks to my Moroccan friend, who hosted and accompanied me for 7 days in [...]

A trip to the dragon’s island – Komodo

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When you become a world citizen

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Gazing up at the Northern Lights in Norway

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Havana – an overview

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A dance with a morena in the streets of Havana

The Cubanos have the romance in them. If sidewalks could write, then Malecon would have wonderful stories to tell. You [...]

The high road: crossing the Andes by bus

In my last day in Argentina, I embarked on one of the most scenic journeys a traveler can ever have in [...]

Journey through the Andes – Devil’s Throat

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Trippin’ to Serranias del Hornocal, Argentina (part 2)

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Unknown paradise of Khao Sok, Thailand

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Momente la drum, cu Sori Ţigăeru

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Trippin’ to Serranias del Hornocal, Argentina

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A journey to 1900

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Witnessing the Medieval Festival in Sibiu

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Destination – Isla Mujeres

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On the wooden monasteries trail in Maramures (part 3)

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On the wooden monasteries trail in Maramures (part 2)

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On the wooden monasteries trail in Maramures

In the picturesque county of Maramures, north Romania, the wooden churches mingle so much with the surrounding landscape that they [...]

How I fell in love with Maria

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Hitchhiking and searching for Maria – part 2

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Hitchhiking and searching for Maria

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Riding through the Silent Valley of Vinales

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Tripping on Strada dell’olio in Italy

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How did I end up moving on an island?!

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Visualising the majesty of Ayutthaya kindom

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A cemetery tale: Europeans grieves, Chinese might feasts

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So how many buffaloes would I get to marry a local?

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Angkor’s soul, Cambodia. About love and prejudgment

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The mysterious Maya ruins from Tulum

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Diving into the paradox–the aquatic desert of Lençois

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What does Chinese and Japanese have in common?

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Osaka – things to know before you go

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The Merry Cemetery and the sexy ladies

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Amigo, buy yourself some cigars while in Cuba

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Mount Semenic, one of the last virgin forests in Europe

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Lost and found in the labyrinth of Stonetown, Zanzibar

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Cabo Polonio, Uruguay. A journey back in time

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Stone Town, Zanzibar – know before you go

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Joom Reab Sou from Cambodia

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Hakuna Matata in Dar es Salaam

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Cheile Nerei and its legends

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Witnessing the carnival in Lima

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A different kind of Tenerife

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When a Japanese meets the African

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The power of silence

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The sacred sound of Chichen Itza pyramid

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Sumatra, the center of someone else’s world

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Bukittinggi, Indonesia – an overview

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – an overiew

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A brainstorming session in a public bus in Indonesia

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