Notes on the Road

Notes On The Road is a collection of ideas, feelings, and even dreams that I took down during my travels or when I was at home but I was dreaming of traveling. I thought of this idea when I saw on FB a menu with Notes. I was just leaving to Morocco and I was very anxious. I had to take down my thoughts and calm down in a relaxing way. I started to write. And I’ve been doing so ever since. This is how this section of the website came to light.

Notes On The Road

Kopan Monastery: an authentic insight - Nepal 2016

During the discussion group within the Introductory Buddhism Course from Kopan Monastery, I concluded some interesting ideas that I hadn’t thought so deeply before. The discussion group was one of the best parts of my stay at Kopan Monastery as we were totally strangers when we had come here, but some of us left as friends. Even if some of my conclusions were opposite to the Buddhism point of view, among the enlightenment I had these days I would emphasize a few: - “I am ok how and where I am now. I don’t want, and especially, I don’t have to Read More...

When I have no plans on an island - Lemnos 2016

I was astonished to see beaches with fine sand and pristine water in Thassos, but sooner or later I had to face the truth of mass tourism present on the island. I had the feeling that I had to follow the crowds no matter where I wanted to go. Many times I had the feeling that I have no choice (although I had) but to accept that everywhere I go all the crowds go. The island is beautiful, but its authenticity is strongly affected by tourism. *** Lemnos was the second island from my Greek Aegean Islands circuit. From the beginning, I Read More...

Returning to Morocco

When I left Morocco in autumn, I thought I’ll never go back again. At least, I didn’t intend that. I had no reason to do it. I had explored the most authentic and interesting parts of it for over six weeks. I made friends, I met locals, I understood their culture. I was satisfied. I discovered more than I would have done in a quick 2 weeks ‘the best of ....’. I even have thrown away my Moroccan sim card when I came back to Romania. Now I won’t have a sim card when I’ll go back in 2 weeks. When Read More...

What traveling means for me now

Yesterday I was sitting in a teahouse in Brasov and I was waiting for a photo event about Nepal to happen. Because I was going to meet also Sega, the famous writer of the two books Namaste, I thought about my writing and I started to write a few random words about traveling. Traveling is a spoiling for me. A spoiling that I deserve for who I am and for what I am doing. Traveling is one of the few aspects of my life where I am able to make some compromises and even sacrifices. In order to be able to Read More...

Not traveling hurts

Not traveling hurts. It hurts a lot. It passed only one month since I returned from Morocco, 2 weeks since I’m back at home in Sibiu, and all I can think about is my next travel. No, it’s not only a passion, it’s more than that. It’s a healthy disease. There’s only one medicine for that: travel vs travel. Since I returned from Morocco, I had a question in my head: “How often do I need to travel?”, “How often can I afford to travel?”, and “For how long shall I travel?” I’m not a genius and I don’t have the Read More...

Morocco after one month: past and present

My first days in Morocco were terrible. I had a huge shock when I saw a big fat dead rat in the street of Talaa Kbira in Fes Old Medina. I couldn't breath the air smelling of sheep skin from the tanneries. I couldn't even think to eat in that context. I was wondering what am I going to do 6 weeks in this country? I didn't like it. The streets were very dirty for me, although with my cultural knowledge I knew it is an authentic lifestyle, full of traditional great values. But this is science or culture, and Read More...

A dream from Morocco - October 2015

I didn't have time to write many things during my travel in Morocco. I took some notes during my visits and I wrote a couple of things almost every evening, but .... there are many feelings, thoughts, and impressions. Above all of these is one of my latest dreams from the past nights. I was in Larache spending the night in a hotel close to the medina and I dreamed I was back in Romania, thinking about my Moroccan experience. And I was so sad that everything ended so quickly ... after 6 weeks. I was feeling bad and I Read More...

Thoughts for Morocco departure 2015

Many years ago I was not an independent traveler. I was traveling with travel agencies. I was dreaming about Morocco, but in the last minute, the travel agency cancelled my trip due to administrative problems. They didn't have a place for me, so I had to retire. I promised myself I'll come back in Morocco some day. Without a travel agency, because I deserved more. Years have passed and I was busy with many other things ... In the autumn of 2015, I decided to go to #Morocco no matter what. I started my plans at least 3-months before my departure, Read More...

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