David and I met back in 2013 when I was running some hostels in Tallinn. He had come to Estonia in order to find some work teaching English. We soon discovered that we shared a passion for adventure and travel on top of the passion we had for each other, as well as an interest in discovering new cultures and understanding them from the inside. We find that the best way of doing this is by moving around, living for a while in each place and then going to the next destination.
Last week, we celebrated a year of “dating” each other, as David often jokes in order to tease me. During this time, we traveled together to eight and a half countries (counting the disputed territory of Transnistria as 0.5). We lived together in 2 out of them, Estonia and Romania, Romania being where you can find us these days. We did the long distance thing too when David moved away to Tajikistan for a month and a half. David is pursuing his teaching career here in Bucharest, working at a prestigious school in a very challenging international environment, while I am looking into options I have for the long term. Even though hostel management was a great experience for me, Romania is not the ideal place for practicing this and I also have to take into consideration the fact that we are only months away from relocating to Asia, where the chances of working in this field would be even smaller.
We are preparing for the adventure of our lifetime, going to China by land, adventure in which we will hopefully embark at the very beginning of October this year. Until then, if all goes well, we also have a couple of smaller trips planned. First on the list would be going to some of the places I’ve somehow missed so far in Romania, since it will probably be a long time till we’re back in the area. The bigger one, which we’re planning for this summer, is another one of my dream trips – visiting all the countries of the ex-Yugoslavia Federation. For this one we’d fly in Venice and visit a bit of Italy and then go by land into the Slavic area.
David and I, we’ve had a busy year and we loved it! We have many more adventures planned ahead of us and are very excited about going places and seeing things.