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Ovidiu Balaj
Garlic Trail expert

On Garlic Trail, my personal blog, I am sharing my revealing experiences and I am taking you to those parts where me and my worldwide friends have been to. Also, here you will get a glimpse of the wild Carpathians garden of Romania, a place with plenty of nature and soul. And if you come alone to Transylvania, what you might know as being the homeland of Dracula, you’ll be safer with us on Garlic Trail  😈

I met Carol Huang while she was teaching Mandarin language in a University, in Bucharest, but long after she  left Romania we still kept contact. I’ve always been touch by her travel pictures, where she put a lot of passion.

Florentina Cristina Catrinaru is, in my perspective, one of the best Romanian photographers. She will introduce you the beauty of Romania, but also other parts of the world, where she and her lens, manage to escape.

Yu Niimoto and I met while crossing by land the border between Tanzania and Kenya. He has nice stories from there and elsewhere he have been to. Now he’s expecting me to personally celebrate with him his newly home in Nara, Japan, so this makes even harder my travel plans for this year.

Andreea Vasilescu, my hometown friend, comes to share photos and stories from our home region – Banat, but not only.  She’s experienced travels in Europe and a part of Africa, and her journeys are just beginning.

Nicolas Roberth Nichifor warmly welcomed me with tips and beers when I got inside a random hostel in Antigua, Guatemala. Even if we didn’t knew each other, we connected immediately and the passing days we explored the surroundings together. 4 years later he joins me here, at Garlic Trail.

Francois, my mysterious old friend, has traveled in many parts of the world, and we were companions in some of them. As he prefers to remain undercover, probably until he gets married or something similar, I will stop here writing anything more about him.

Ng Siew Cheng is a Lecturer for Tourism and Business Events at a University and also a Tour Planner in Kuala Lumpur. She first introduced me her hometown KL back in 2009 when I was Couchsurfing her place. In 2016 it was my turn to present her Romania in a 2 weeks tailor-made trip, enough to convince her that Transylvania can always be her far-away home.

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Carol Huang
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Florentina Cristina Catrinaru
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Andreea Vasilescu
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Nicolas Roberth Nichifor
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