GOODBYE SUMMER!

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Pe masura ce zilele se racoresc din ce in ce mai tare, trebuie sa ma reobisnuiesc cu senzatia de frig dimineata cand ma daus din pat, cu pielea de gaina cand ies din dus sau cand ma imbrac sa plec la birou. Cel putin am avut timp sa imi iau la revedere de la mare, dupa ce am petrecut acolo ultimul weekend calduros din septembrie. Imi va fi tare dor de aceasta imagine pana la anul. As the days are getting colder and colder, I have to get used to the feeling of cold when I get out of the bed in the morning, the chills that run through my body when I get out of the shower or when I am getting dressed for work. At least I’ve said a proper goodbye to the sea, after the last warm September weekend. I’ll be missing this image until next year.

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REVIEW: HIPOTELS MEDITERRANEO

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In vacanta din Sa Coma am stat la Hipotels Medieteraneo, un hotel minunat doar pentru adulti, clasat la patru stele. Gazdele noastre s-au asigurat ca totul e perfect si ne simtim ca acasa.
Hotelul e urias – are 397 camere si pana sa ajungem eram sigura ca va fi o experienta cam impersonala, avand in vedere cati oameni sunt cazati. Si cat de tare m-am inselat … de cand am ajuns la check in, stafful a fost atent la nevoile noastre si interactiunea cu ei a fost extrem de placuta. Recomand o camera cu vedere la mare si cum o poza face cat 1000 de cuvinte o sa las peisajul sa vorbeasca.
While I was vacationing in Sa Coma, I stayed at Hipotels Mediterraneo, a wonderful adults-only hotel, rated at four stars. They made sure our stay is perfect and feels like at home.
The hotel is huge – it features 397 rooms and I was sure prior to arriving that the experience was gonna be a bit impersonal, considering how many people they have to tend to. Boy was I wrong … since the moment we arrived at the reception for the check-in the staff was incredibly warm, inviting and helpful. I do recommend a sea view room and since a picture is worth 1000 words I’ll let the view speak for itself.
Hipotels Mediterraneo
Hipotels Mediterraneo

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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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RHODES, DAYS 7 & 8

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Am renuntat sa mai detaliez ziua a 7-a si asta pentru ca a fost o zi de leneveala, plaja, fructe proaspete si balaceala in mare. Ne-am luat adio intr-un mod perfect de la insula Rodos. Mi-a placut mult ca grecii au fost prietenosi si mai ales comunicativi. Te trezeai pe strada sau in restaurant cu cate un localnic care te intreba de viata. Daca iti place aici, de unde esti, daca iti place mancarea si ce ai vizitat … si tot asa. Desi duc o viata boema si la pranz ii vezi pe toti cum lenevesc la siesta, am observat ca sunt extrem de corecti. Mi s-a parut foarte amuzanta o intamplare petrecuta cu vanzatorul de la care ne-am luat zilnic portia de fructe pe plaja. Chiar in ultima zi de plaja am cumparat printre altele si o caserola cu pepene galben. Pana acum toate fructele au fost delicioase. Ei bine de data asta nu, pepenele avea un gust oribil asa ca ne-am indreptat cu el spre cel mai apropiat cos de gunoi. Nu aveam de gand sa mergem sa cerem banii inapoi pentru ca nu am considerat ca am patit o paguba atat de mare si oricum eram atat de relaxati incat nu prea mai conta nimic 🙂 Ce credeti? Vazatorul ne-a ochit cu caserola plina langa cosul de gunoi si a venit sa ceara detalii. I-am explicat ce s-a intamplat si am primit o caserola noua cu pepene delicios. Reactia lui a fost una normala, dar avand in vedere ca in Romania multi sunt obisnuiti sa incerce sa iti fure fure chiar si un leu mie mi s-a parut tare dragut din partea lui. I didn’t write about our 7-th day here, and that’s because we had a very relaxing time at the beach, with fresh fruits and many baths in the sea. It was a perfect goodbye. I enjoyed very much the fact that the locals were friendly and communicative. They would just come up and ask about your day or if you like it here, where are you from, if you like what you saw, how was your day … and so on. Even if they lead a bohemian life, with a daily lunch siesta, I noticed they are very fair. And to prove it here’s a story with a very nice salesman from which we bought our daily dose of fruits on the beach. On our last day, we bought amongst others, a cantaloupe casserole. Until now, all fruits were delicious. But not this time … it tasted horrible so we headed straight to the trash bin. We were not planning on demanding our money back or something like that because it was not that big of a deal. Also, we were so relaxed that nothing else mattered 🙂 But what do you think? The fruit salesman saw us with a full casserole right next to the trash bin and came to ask for details. When we told him what happened he went and got us another casserole with a delicious content. His reaction was the normal one but considering that in Romania many people only think about stealing even a single penny, I found his reaction really nice.

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RHODES, DAY 6

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Daca ati mai citit blogul, atunci stiti deja ca sunt pasionata de sport. Si cum sa ratez un obiectiv sportiv tocmai in vacata? Putin in afara orasului puteti da o fuga pana la Monte Smith (o colina denumita dupa un general britanic) – aici puteti vedea stadionul antic, un mic amfiteatru si templul lui Apollo, toate sunt incluse intr-un parc natural, iar intrarea este gratuita. Am ajuns pana aici cu unul dintre cele doua autobuze turistice, care avea statie la doar 5 minute de hotel. Sunt doua astfel de autobuze (rosu si galben) care circula din ora in ora.  Biletul costa 15 euro de dimineata sau 12 euro dupa ora 12. Biletul e valabil toata ziua. Aveti insa grija la culoarea autobuzului, biletul nu este valabil pentru ambele linii. Acelasi tur il puteti face si cu trenuletul turistic, biletul costa 7 euro, insa e valabil pentru un singur drum. Am fost singurii turisti care au coborat din autocar, iar timp de o ora am admirat in liniste ruinele antice. Stadionul s-a pastrat destul de bine, in special o parte din tribuna. De aici, puteti continua traseul cu autobuzul sau trenuletul, abele acopera foarte bine cele mai importante obiective din Rodos. If you’ve read my blog before, then you know I am very passionate about sports. And how could I have missed an ancient sports site in my vacation? Outside the town, you can find Monte Smith (a hill named after a British general) – here you can visit the ancient stadium, a small amphitheater and the temple of Apollo, all of them are included in a natural park, with free entrance. We arrived here with the hop on hop off bus, the station was just 5 minutes away from our hotel. There are two buses (red and yellow), with an hourly schedule. One ride is 15 euros in the morning, or 12 euros by noon. A ticket is available for the day. You can also take this ride in a tourist train for 7 euros for a one-way ticket. We were the only tourists who descended from the bus to visit the site, and for an hour we admired the ancient ruins. The stadium is well preserved, especially the spectator seating. From here, you can continue to visit Rhodes by bus or train, both cover the most important touristic objectives.

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