Jasna, Chopok – Snowboarding 2019

I have been longing for quite some time to go snowboarding somewhere outside of Romania. After sharing my thoughts with my friends we ended up deciding on Jasna, Slovakia. Chopok being the highest altitude in the Low Tatras, Slovakia planning to do the Winter Olympics there in 2022, we were pumped about it. We wanted to go big on this.

It’s a five hour journey from home to this small town called Mikulas, where we are planning to stay for next couple of days.

Our enthusiasm kind of dropped once we arrived and we saw that is raining. It was heavily raining outside, the parking spaces were flooded and 80% of the slopes closed. I started to believe that we took a bad decision when we decided to buy a 2 day ticket.

Well, we did a 600km journey to get to this place, so we didn’t do such an effort to stay inside and skip snowboarding and skiing. We went for it.

We could go up to 1600m altitude which still gave us a nice ride down, despite the rain.

After a good few hours on the slope, we got soaked wet and decided to go home, warm up and get some rest. Hoping to be more lucky the following day.

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Super Ski Cavnic – Maramures

What’s up beautiful people?!

It’s 2019 and I am stepping into my 3rd year of creating content on YouTube.

This year I will continue sharing my travel adventures, but also bring more value to everyone who is following by sharing tips&tricks, does and don’t in order to help you to have a more pleasant experience in your next travel destination.

I am planning to go to Japan, further explore Romania, hike mountains and explore different countries in Europe.

I have a hole bunch of new gear so will share with you guys the tips about the best way to document your travel adventures.

The main problem when it comes to traveling is the fact that it costs a lot of money and we struggle saving enough to travel as much as we would like. I will share with you in my upcoming videos different ways in getting an extra income into your savings to travel more.

Flying through the seasons – ROMANIA

I am really excited about this video. In 2018 I have traveled to around 15 different locations in Romania and managed to film some amazing landscapes and vibrant cities throughout the four seasons.

I have started my journey from my home town and went as far as Poiana Brasov to the south, Maramures to the north, Oradea to the vest and as high as 2303 m altitude to the top of Rodna Mountains.

I have walked through the most amazing green fields with spring flowers I have ever seen, survived the heath of the summer, been blown away by the beautiful colors of the autumn and witnessed the most wonderful winter from the past couple of years.

I really hope you will enjoy this 4K areal video showcasing ROMANIA and that you will share it with your friends to promote this awesome piece of land to the world.

This video was filmed entirely with my DJI MAVIC PRO.

 

Autumn Kayaking on Tarnita

My final escape into the nature before the winter comes is a weekend-away kayaking at Lake Tarnita with my friends from work.

We started our day early in the morning, some of us earlier, other later, but Chef Patric was the first to open the kitchen and with the help of Cristina and Sabin prepared the breakfast to get enough energy for an amazing kayaking experience yet to come on lake Tarnita.

Lake Tarnița is a reservoir located in Cluj County, Romania, between the communes of Râșca, Mărișel and Gilău, west of Cluj-Napoca. Covering some 215 ha, with a length of close to 9 km and a maximum depth of over 70 m, it is a popular tourist destination. Water from the Someșul Cald River flows into the reservoir.

After endless hours on the lake we returned to the cabin and chilled for the rest of the evening next a BBQ, good music and a joyful atmosphere.

The best camel ride in Marrakesh

The best camel ride in Marrakesh – Day 3 in Morocco

Love waking up in the morning and watch the sunrise. Amazing to see the the wide horizon with the Atlas mountains in the far distance turning red and the cool air warming up.

Exiting day, we are going to experience the camel riding in the desert. Well it’s not the real desert or the well known Sahara desert, but is an arid place with palm trees and a barber settlement just outside of Marrakesh.

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Although we would have loved to go to do the Sahara Desert trip, it is about a 6-700 km away. So doing a trip there takes about 2-3 days.

In fact almost all the major cities in Marroc are at a high distance from each-other – 300 to 500 or 600 km away from Marrakech.

This is the reason why we decided to experience the camel ride locally and than explore a bit more the other cities in Maroc.

As soon as we arrived to the desert they gave us the traditional cloths and we felt really cool in it. Getting on the camel was a bit scary, but within no time we were on the go.

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Going on the camel is really bumpy and you have to hold tight to stay put on the camel. We were riding across this area for about 1h. Somewhere at half of the journey we reached to the barbar village and we were able to see the school, some houses, the mosque and some kids playing soccer.

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1 hour on the camel it was more than enough, so really happy that we opted for this ride instead of the Sahara one.

We arrived back in the afternoon to Marrakech, chilled around the table, tea, coffee, fresh juice, food for about an hour and had a good talk.

We tried some other dishes this time so I order some cus cus salad, with a chicken kebab, Cristina got a B’stilla and Ciprian is always keeping it classic. Beef Tajin.

To be honest i disliked the kebab, it just simply felt not authentic, the cus cus salad is a bit sour with a strong parsley flavored. It was refreshing and pleasant, but a bit too much parsley.

The B’stilla – very interesting – it is a kind of crispy pye filled with fried chicken, cinemon powder and sugar powder. Weird combination, i know, but it actually works. I really enjoyed it. So totally recommend it in trying it out.

Oooh and yes, a must try is the mango juice, i guess we had at least 1 glass of mango juice at every meal we had in a day. DELICIOUS.

After a rich meal we went for a HAMAM, the HAMAM is well known as the Turkish bath, but it is common everywhere in the Islamic culture.

You spend about about half hour or you can do it even longer, in the sauna and apply different kind of solutions an your skin and you scrub away the dead skin.

After the hammam we had a 1 hour relaxing massage which was amazing. Ooh man, i need more massage in my life.

We ended our perfect day walking around the market.

Snowfall in August – Marmolada – Italy

We have arrived later in the evening to the base of Marmolada and we booked a room in Marmolada Refuge at 2000m altitude. We set down at the table to have a warm meal. We found great food once again, just to discover that this cook was Romanian too.

We asked advice from the owner of the place to understand the best way to climb Marmolada. He was really kind and gave us a map for free, showed us the trail, from where to book all the gear we needed in order to achieve our goal.

We were really pumped up for this one.

Went to sleep early to wake up early in order to follow the plan.

In the morning, big surprise. There was a 10cm snow outside and a -5C – whaaat? this is insane! It is August – how is this possible? We were not prepared to continue the journey, I only had short pants with me and a few trousers which were already soaked wet. At the base we got -5C but on the summit it was -23C.

Decided to roam around in the snow a little bit and take the first buss to Verona and enjoy a bit more sun before the we end our trip in Italy.

Stunning landscapes from Antermoia to Mazzin

Originally we thought about spending one day hiking from Refuge Vajolet till Antermoia and descend the following day, but we have arrived quite early to Refuge Antermoia and decided to continue descending in the same day to Mazzin – a town at the base of the Dolomite’s and go to Marmolada. Spend the night at the base and the second day to do the summit 3343m.

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This means about a 5h journey to the one of the refuge on Marmolada, stay over night there and the following day early in the morning to walk up via ferrata.  It sounded like a perfect plan!

We started descending from Antermoia to the town and only after 30-40 min walk the gray cliffs and rocks changed into beautiful green fields and joyful marmot sounds. The marmots are the cutest things I have ever seen, they ran away from us up the hill, barely dragging their fat rear.

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The journey down to the town shortly became never ending – it took us approximately 3 to 4 hours to the base. We walked down through a beautiful valley which might be the most incredible thing I have experience in my hikes. A really cool river stream flowing down the pathway, strong green vegetation everywhere you looked, mind-blowing mountain peaks in the far distance and really cool caves.

Once we finally arrived to Mazzin it started to rain, so I think it was a good decision to walk down from the mountains as soon as possible.

Next Stop – Marmolada.