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We are heading to Europe for the summer and will be travelling around to seek opportunities as they arise.
Thirteen years ago, we met while attending Culinary school, and since then have spent as much time travelling the world as could be afforded. Before settling down and buying a house, we spent a year overseas, which included six months working our way throughout Australia, working on farms, tending vines in vineyards, and picking fruit and vegetables. We are both great in the garden as well. And did we mention we’re animal lovers? Aside from travelling, our number one hobby is what brought us together, and that is food. After seven years owning and maintaining our own home, the time had come to shift priorities and get back to a little more travel, and that’s what brings us here.
I am not a smoker, I have a drivers license, I am not a vegetarian and I have no allergies.
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Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, England, Ireland, Montenegro, Romania, ... 3 moreScotland, Serbia, Ukraine
Getting around Romania is said to be a pain in the butt, though we have found it otherwise. Our first ride was on a FlixBus which although isn’t everywhere in Romania, it is on some of the more popular routes. It is a standard bus, with wifi that sometimes works and gets you to where you need to be - more than on time. Bus drivers in Romania tend to push the limits at times. We actually got to our destination a half hour early, which unfortunately didn’t make up for the motion sickness the ride caused. Our second mode of transportation was the CFR train, the second class budget mode of transport. The carriages are full of character (ie: very old) but have many friendly staff members available to help you if necessary. Even though tickets display a seat number, it seems there is no assigned seating. Everyone sits where they please. As this is the cheapest train option, it’s far from an express. The train stops at what seems like every little town along the way, even occasional train stations in the middle of a field! Though cheaper than a bus, it’s not the quickest way to get around. If you’re tight on time, a bus would be the better of the two options. Our favourite mode of transportation however is the Bla Bla car. We don’t have this back home in Canada, but it seems to be quite popular in Europe. It’s essentially a form of registered hitchhiking. You put your information online, get verified that you are who you say you are, add a profile photo and you’re done. You simply post when and where you’re needing to go, and hope someone with a car is doing the same. We needed a ride from Oradea to Cluj-Napoca, so we searched with our dates. There were a couple options that came up, but since we have a couple large bags with us, some of the rides didn’t fit the bill. But low and behold we found one, a ride headed our way! Thankfully, he trunk was empty and could fit all of our stuff. Five people in a tiny red Dacia Solenza - the tiny car with a big trunk. After loading up, we found ourselves cruising down the highway with three other people. The driver, and only English speaker, inserted a burned CD of classics from the ’90 and the speakers were soon blaring “Who let the dogs out”. Needless to say it was a fun journey. We had paid 20 Lei per person for this car ride, when the bus would have been 25Lei each per person. The cost difference wasn’t significant, but made for a much more local experience. We kept in touch with the driver and he gave us some local tips in his city as well, which is such a treat! We think Bla bla car is a great way to see a country, so we took it again from Cluj-Napoca to Targu Mures and met two more new Romanian friends. This time we had been on the Bla Bla Car search engine for a while without luck. We had decided to take a bus instead. However, just a few minutes before we left our hotel towards the station, I received a notification on my phone; a driver was heading to Targu Mures, leaving in the next half hour. The young man picked us up at our hotel just as we checked out, and dropped us off right where we were supposed to check in, at the next city. The convenience and the price is unbeatable, plus the local experience is the reason we travel. It is a win-win with Bla Bla Car. I think this app should be worldwide, it is a great way to save the environment, save time, money and meet a new friend.