Romanian Holocaust Memorial
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Romania’s Holocaust Memorial

In October 2009, the Holocaust Memorial in Bucharest was opened. I happened upon it the day it opened and while exploring, I met the artist, Peter Jacobi.

The memorial is dedicated to the Roma, Jewish and Romanian people who were persecuted during the Holocaust and there are several sections of the memorial to represent the various communities.
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Brașov
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Romania’s unique architecture

Romania is full of every type of architecture.

From the baroque buildings of Cluj-Napoca to the mansions of the Roma which house farm animals on the ground floor and from the German-influenced town of Brașov to buildings in Bucharest expected to fall in an earthquake, you can find anything in Romania.
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The Cinque Terre trail hugging the cliffs
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Take a hike! 5 unique treks in Europe

Travelling isn’t just about going to museums, learning new customs and eating different food. It can also be a chance to get out and enjoy the fresh air.

Hiking during a trip is a wonderful opportunity to get out of the city, off the trains and into the wilderness. With a decent pair of shoes, a waterproof raincoat and a bottle of water (and maybe a map and a phone), you’re off to the mountains.
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Nu parcați! No parking! Welcome to Romania

Apparently residents of Romania really don’t like their garages being blocked. The streets are filled with notices – often colourfully painted on garage doors, sidewalks and movable signs across country. I found these in the mountain town of Brașov.

Yes, Romanians have cars. They don’t all drive a horse-drawn cart filled with hay. They have an 80 mph motorway, although that is only a guideline as most Romanians tend to drive way over the speed limit (a perfect match for the large hitchhiking culture in the country).

Check out my post about false images of Romania.

See more of my Romanian adventures here.

Italian Haircut
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8 Haircuts. 8 Countries. 20 Months.

Getting a haircut while travelling can be the greatest souvenir ever or the biggest mistake that you just have to live with until you get home to your normal stylist.

In my 20 months in Europe, I had some fantastic haircuts and some not so fantastic haircuts.
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View while hitchhiking
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Hitchhiking out of Turkey: an adventure and a detour

Sometimes good travel ideas aren’t the best timed. Turkey seemed to be full of them for me. For example: renting scooters for a day? Great. Not returning until after sunset and freezing on the way back? Not so fun.

My most blatant travel blunder was probably deciding to hitchhike out of Istanbul.
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