Relaxing evening relaxing at the lake

It’s been some time since I had some quality time spent with my brother, so we both decided to go to lake Varsolt and spend a night talking at fishing.

I have packed all my camera gear, my tent, put in a back pack, get on the bike and cycle till the lake. If I think about it now, I am not sure if this was that good of an idea, to cycle there. It is about a 20km ride with some nasty hills. It was really though getting there with bike, because I didn’t have too much practice.

I have arrived there by the time was going down, so had a really cool sunset over the lake. Didn’t have too much luck fishing, so we decided to take the fishing rod with the drone as far as we can. We it didn’t help, we were catching some small size fish which we threw back, but other than that it was a really cool evening talking with my brother.

We woke up to a stunning sunset, slowly packed and it was time for me to ride back home. Ughh!

 

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A glimpse into beautiful Maramures – Mara

I have started exploring the sights in Maramures this year and discovered some really beautiful places. Yet, there are still many more places to explorer. This time I have took my parents to a place called Mara.

It is an amazing place to go and relax at the out swimming pool with a stunning view or chill and enjoy some great food at the Pastravaria Alex restaurant.

You have a really cool waterfall just next to the restaurant and even better the lake with fishes is under the restaurant so you can chose your own fish to eat.

Exploring an abandoned bowling alley from the 1940’s

In one of the evenings after work I wound out with my friends to explore the Meses Mountains and specifically to find what once was the Salamander water stream ( “Izvorul Salamandrelor”.)

We started our journey from the Bradet park where you can easily find the trail as it is marked with the yellow circle. After an approximately 1h30 min walk we arrived to the place but couldn’t find the water stream. The place is destroyed by endless fallen trees all over the place caused by the strong storms, but also due to deforestation.

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After a lot of search we almost gave up when suddenly we found a sign tight to a tree. We went into the pile of cut down trees and we spotted the water stream. We decided to take the sign and make it more visible and cleared out a little bit the path to the water stream.

Continued our journey back home, witnessing a stunning sunset, but then we ended up discovering the Scholar Wooden Cabins from the 1940’s. The place it looks like a post apocalyptic place, with the plants growing through the foundation of the cabin.

This place holds around 5 wooden cabins, a bigger hotel and a bowling alley. There is also a football field and many other interesting structures.

Here is a short video exploring the place. Enjoy.

The best romanian street food

Zilele Zalau-lui – the towns anniversary. I haven’t been to this celebration in my hometown for the past 10 years. I remember when I was a kid, I use to come with my friends and walk up and down the streets tens and hundreds of times and we couldn’t get bored of it.

These days it is organized on a much smaller scale, but still can be a relaxing brake out for the locals. I was surprised to see loads and loads of bbq and traditional food all over the place.

I went and tried out some of the street food and captured it in a short video. Enjoy.

The Botanical Garden of Jibou

The Jibou Botanical Garden, now named after its founder, Vasile Fati, is a botanical garden located in Jibou, Romania.

The works for the organization of the Botanical Garden from Jibou started between the years 1959-1968, when Vasile Fati (1932-2007), a biology teacher, with the students and with the other teachers manages to prove that the parks around Wesselényi Castle, where the high school was functioning is appropriate for a botanical garden.

Between the years 1968-1970 the first greenhouse of 110 square meters was built. Between the years 1978-1982, the two greenhouses were built, the aquarium and the volar. (source: Wikipedia)

It is really close to the Dragons Garden, so if you are planning to visit any of the places try going to both places, it can be done in a one full day.

Gradina Zmeilor – Dragons Garden

Grădina Zmeilor is a protected natural reservation in Salaj, the county where I am curently living. It is situated about 30 km from Zalau and it can be easily reached by a car.

It is well known for it’s interesting rock formation in shapes of towers, mushrooms, nidle and other shapes. Personally I find it very similar to the rock formations I have seen in Vietnam, and in the Avatar movie 🙂

I consider this place to be one of the most beautiful places to visit in Salaj and decided to explore it a little bit with my mom on a sunny Sunday.

Here is a little video about the place, I hope you will enjoy it.

My passion for cycling

I have been cycling ever since I remember myself, but I have started passionately cycling a couple of year back in the UK. Together with my buddy Ciprian planned to go cycling in the highlands, so bought myself a hybrid bike, or more of a road bike and I totally fell in love with it.

Cycled all around UK and now as I have moved back to Romania, started cycling in here too, but kept it local to Zalau. Done a few routs up to the Meses Mountains, also a 70Km route, surrounding the mountains and other short ones to the Virsolt lake and back.

I am planning from next year to get more into mountain biking and offroad cycling so really look into that one.

Till then here are a few of my cycling videos.

 

Guys weekend away – Belis, Romania

Weekend away with the guys. I met these dudes shortly after I have moved back to Romania and we immediately became BFFs 🙂 due the our great passion, driven by the same purpose, our core mission, that one big thing we have in common which is …well let me start from the beginning.

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Sabin, the dude who spent about 10 years in Germany, became the Charles Parson of their country, a symbol of engineering, changed their entire industry until the day he was driven by a bigger purpose.

Koh, the one and only Japanese Jedi engineer, whom The Force sent on a special adventure to serve his biggest mission as of now.

Patric, after his 5 years in the stunning highlands of Scotland, the land of the finest whiskeys, the birth place of the Loch Ness monster and the horrible midges, he was drawn by a new purpose and a new place.

Matteo, the Italian godfather of metallurgy, sole scientist of Tony Stark, the man who made Iron Man happen, after smoking from his wooden pipe, which he received from Gandalf itself, had a vision about a place in the heart of Transylvania, the place of the biggest roman settlement and without any hesitations followed his vision.

…and there’s me, after 5 years serving the Queen of Great Britain I was sent back to my home land, where together with these fellows united our dream of making Zalau and Romania great again… hahaha :)))

We organized a weekend away in the amazing Natural Park of Apuseni, in Belis at over 1000m altitude, to have some fun over a good BBQ.

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We nicely put the meat in a deep ceramic bowl to marinate. Salt, pepper, paprika, soy sauce, wine, wurst and brandy, I think everyone can guess who put which ingredient :)))

Believe it or not, it became the most epic bbq I had in a long time.

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Further on, we have visited the Belis lake, the waterfall and ended our evening with a great camp fire.

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Here is a clip capturing some of the greatest moments of the weekend.

 

Discovering the wild Carpathian Mountains in Romania

Discovering the wild Carpathian Mountains in Romania | Muntii Rodnei – Pietrosul Rodnei 2303m

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I am just like every other person, without a fortune, working a full time job, which leaves me with limited time and resources. One thing we cannot buy, cannot spin back is time, so we need to learn how to manage the little time we have, not to waste it but enjoy it.

I have returned from Slovenia, which was an amazing experience so do make sure to check out my video and photos. You can find all the content here on my blog and YouTube Channel.

I have set a really challenging goal at the beginning of this year, I am half way through the year and not even close to achieve my goals, but I am trying to focus on it as much as I can in my free time.

One of the goals was to hike 30 summits for my 30th. I have turned 30 on the 18th June and I have done a few trails, but I wanna get as close as possible to that 30 summits.

  • Vladeasa – 1836m
  • Cliff Lespezi – 1173m
  • Black Lake – 1337m
  • Presihajoče lake – unfortunetely, I didn’t made it to the lake due to the snow, but I have reached an altitude of 1500m. The lake is situated around 1600m.
  • Iezer Lake – 1825m
  • Pietrosul Rodnei – 2303m

Second goal is to run 300 km, well I am falling short here too. I have done only about 16km so far and hoping to crush that 300km.

Third goal is to cycle 300km, I am doing somewhere better here achieving 91km so far. I should be able to go above 300km easily.

My final goal was to visit 3 new countries. I have visited Ukraine, Slovenia and planned my trip to Italy and Morocco so by the end of the year I am hoping I will be able to achive it.

Yes, so after returned from Slovenia I have perused my goal in reaching another summit in Romania and to explore the Carpathian mountains. After a hell of a week with a lot of business trips all over the place I woke up early in the morning around 3am and started driving to Rodnei Mountains.

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It’s a 4 hours journey there by car, so not that close when you don’t have a highway in this country 🙂 and making it back by the evening in the same day. I have reached the place around 8am, but i got lost a bit with the GPS taking me into a wrong place, however I am glad it did because I encountered some great landscapes.

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The hike was really difficult and long, took me around 5h to the summit and just about the same back, more or less, with a few stops here and there.

This was my first 2000m mountain, the summit being at 2303m altitude. The journey was beautiful, some of the greatest landscapes I have seen so far. The mountain was entirely covered by a red flower which gave a really moody atmosphere to the journey.

At 1800m I stopped at the meteorological center and Iezer lake which offers a stunning landscape where you can camp to enjoy your evening. This time I went without a tent, but next time I will not make the same mistake.

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Continued my journey trough a couple of more snow patches up to the crest from where you could see the other 3 summits that can be done within a day, however the time was flying fast and I was not able to go to any of them because I wanted to return home in the same day.

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Finally made it to the summit, the highest places I have every been in my life – except when I was in an airplane :))) I have touched the summit and chilled for about 40 min having lunch and a nice coffee.

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I did spent quite some time in capturing the moment by taking many photos and flying my drone, so without further details check out my YouTube video bellow and make sure to check out my gallery for all my pictures.

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