ROME DAY ONE: FOUNTAINS, FAMOUS SQUARES, AND RAIN

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Roma ne-a intampinat cu vreme urata, dar nici macar norii nu au reusit sa ascunda frumusetea din capitala Italiei. Am aterizat pe un aeroport mai mic, Ciampino si am luat autobuzul pana la Termini (un fel de Gara de Nord din Roma). Aveam metrou direct spre hotel, dar surpriza … linia noastra era inchisa din cauza unei greve. Desigur ca nu s-au obosit sa explice si in engleza ce se intampla, dar noi ca romanii, descurcareti si cunoscatori de limba italiana de baza din … talent am inteles din prima ce vor sa ne transmita 🙂 Rome welcomed us with gloomy weather, but not even the clouds managed to obscure the Italian capital’s beauty. We landed at the smaller airport, Ciampino and took the bus to the Termini station (the mainline railway station in Rome). We had a direct metro connecting us to our hotel but surprise … that particular line was closed because of a strike. Of course, they did not bother to put in place an announcement in English, but what do I care, since I have no problem understanding and speaking basic Italian.

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POWDERED SUGAR AND COTTON CANDY

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Titlul descrie perfect felul in care a aratat zborul nostru spre Roma. De la fereastra avionului zapada cazuta in aproape intreaga Europa arata ca zaharul pudra pe o prajitura. The title describes perfectly how our flight to Rome looked like. From the airplane window, the fallen snow across Europe looked just like powdered sugar on a cake.

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BUCHAREST IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT

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O data pe an, orasul meu se umple de lumina si ofera imagini spectaculoase. Edilii orasului incearca sa compenseze cumva pentru multele probleme de care ne lovim. Pun o masca deasupra orasului si matura mizeria sub covor. Tactica frunctioneaza si cel putin o data pe an vedem Bucurestiul intr-o lumina diferita. Luminitele se vor stinge in curand, asa ca e pacat sa nu le vedeti si voi. Once a year, my hometown lights up and shines offering spectacular views. The town officials try to compensate for the many issues we are facing by putting on a mask and dusting the dirt under the rug. The thing is … this really works and each year we see this town in a better light (pun intended). So let me guide you through Bucharest before the pretty lights turn off.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Va trimit cele mai bune ganduri si sper ca anul 2019 sa fie bland cu voi! Sa petrecem multe momente minunate impreuna! Best wishes from me and may 2019 be kind to you! Let’s share many wonderful moments together!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

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Craciun fericit tuturor! Sper sa aveti sarbatori linistite, oriunde sunteti si ca va bucurati de timpul petrecut in compania familiei si a celor dragi. Sa impartasiti momente speciale cu ei! Merry Christmas to all of you! I hope you have peaceful holidays, wherever you are and enjoy the time spent with your family and loved ones. May you share special moments with them!

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WHAT COMES FIRST? PASSION OR MONEY?

Ce este mai important pentru voi? Un serviciu care va aduce satisfactie sau un serviciu mai bine platit? Va rog sa nu il lasti pe idealistul din voi sa raspunda singur pentru ca deja stiu raspunsul: un serviciu care iti aduce mai multa satisfactie.

Am fost in ambele situatii, si oricat de cinic ar suna, voi alege mereu un salariu mai bun si beneficii, in ciuda satisfactiei. Nu ma intelegeti gresit, este foarte bine sa ai un serviciu la care te duci de drag, dar numai cativa dintre noi sunt destul de norocosi sa imbine placerea cu un salariu bun. Asa ca iata punctul meu de vedere:

What is more important to you? A job that brings you satisfaction or a job that delivers more in terms of money? Now please, don’t let the idealist in you answer this question alone, because I already know the answer: job satisfaction.

I was in both situations and as cynical as it may sound, I will always choose a better salary and job perks over high job satisfaction. Don’t get me wrong, loving what you do has major benefits, but only a few of us are lucky enough to do what they love and make good money out of it. So hear me out:

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ONE WEEK WITH ME

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Hai sa vedem cum arata o saptamana de-a mea intre serviciu, o calatorie la mare si seri cu prietenii. Cateva amanunte despre mine:

  • Cu ce ma ocup: Information Developer (sau mai bine zis Technical Writer). Am fost jurnalist sportiv pentru multi ani dar am decis sa ma indrept spre o cariera mai putin solicitanta acum patru ani.
  • Unde traiesc: Bucuresti, Romania
  • Varsta: 33
Spend a week in my company, with my time split between my job, a trip to the seaside and friends. Some details about me:

  • Occupation: Information Developer (a fancy name for Technical Writer). I was a sports journalist for many years but decided to head for a different, less demanding career about four years ago.
  • Location: Bucharest, Romania
  • Age: 33
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One week with me

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