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learning to slow down in Vama Veche

There is a saying that in order to better experience a place you have to slow down. The more I try to fit as many things in as little time as possible, the more I become frustrated and tired. Of course, like any good advice, I generally ignore the ‘slow-down’ …

the cool people on the road

One of the interesting parts of vacation – and staying at hostels, taking buses, eating at hole-in-the-wall places – is that you …

giving alms to Buddhist monks, early morning in Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang – Laos

For some Laos is the “real” Asia. Of course, every country is very real. From the BTS in Bangkok to the hill …

beginning of spring ?

After a long period of freezing under the snow and quietly longing for the weather in Asia, it seems we are nearing …

time micro-management

I’m bad at it. I am leaving on Saturday and I still have no hotel reservations, no real plans, and I still …

travel website – Tripit

I started using TripIt to organize my trips. This website has a few nice features, among them nice graphic organization in a …

Aranjuez visit and photos

This entry comes two weeks late. It is the last (hopefully) batch of photos from Spain which I did not process. One …

got my Chinese visa

Yesterday I picked my passport back from the Chinese embassy in Bucharest. It was a bit strange that I had to have …