Romanian visa - flowers

Reactions to My Romanian Visa Post (and my response)

Derek Personal Stuff, Romania 135 Comments

This is a post I wasn’t expecting to write. But I’m writing it because my last post – the one about having my Romanian residency visa refused – certainly went in an unexpected direction. Let me recap what that post on Tuesday was all about: I applied for a 1-year temporary residency visa in Romania, the visa was refused and …

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Romania Residency Visa Refused

How I Got Kicked Out Of Romania

Derek Personal Stuff, Romania

“Peace, I’m out.” That’s exactly what I yelled…okay, maybe I just mumbled it to myself…fine, I only said it in my head…but regardless, it was said as I left Bucharest last week, right after I discovered that my residency visa had suddenly been refused. The story actually begins back on March 3rd, just after midnight, when I climbed into a …

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Reason to Travel

Another Extremely Important Reason To Travel

Derek Perspectives, Romania 50 Comments

Yes, you can read about the world. You can even see the world, too. But what about feeling the world? That’s my reason to travel. To feel. I want to feel and as a result, to learn from every experience I have in a way that would not be possible if I simply read about a place or about its …

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Romania Road Trip

Romania Road Trip – Part 2: Underground & Way Up High

Derek Romania 33 Comments

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Romania Road Trip

Romania Road Trip – Part 1: Bucovina & Maramures!

Derek Romania 42 Comments

I’m a major road trip fan. The open road, the ability to go wherever I want, to stop in any city, town or village along the way, to slow down or speed up, to visit destinations that would be difficult to reach without your own transportation. When I pass by a vendor on the side of the road selling freshly …

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Brasov, Romania

My Favorite Travel Destinations In Eastern Europe

Derek Albania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Slovenia, Ukraine 78 Comments

Two nights ago, my fourth Wandering Earl Tour officially came to an end. Our group of ten mighty fine individuals wined (drank beer actually) and dined for the last time together after having traveled around Romania and Moldova for the past two weeks. And while I genuinely hope that everyone on the tour enjoyed their experience in this part of …

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The Mountains of Romania

Life, Hiking, Apple Pie & The Mountains Of Romania

Derek Perspectives, Romania 53 Comments

For a moment, I thought it might have been the end. The path was steeper than I had expected and I had some serious doubts that this was even a path at all. I took another step, trying to hold on to a flimsy branch to maintain my balance….and then I slipped. The branch broke off and I was going …

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Wandering Earl Tours 2013 Schedule

Wandering Earl Tours – 2013 Final Schedule

Derek India, Mexico, Romania, Wandering Earl Tours 7 Comments

While I’m still on vacation, at that mystery destination, I wanted to let you all know about the remaining Wandering Earl Tours that I have planned for the rest of the year. First, I must say that putting these tours together was just a mere fantasy at this time last year, an idea that sounded interesting but that I wasn’t …

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Wandering Earl Tours

Announcing More “Wandering Earl Tours” for 2013!

Derek India, Romania, Wandering Earl Tours 56 Comments

The time has come to announce the remaining tours that I will be offering this year as part of my Wandering Earl Tours project. When I first started with these tours, I had no idea that it would grow into what it has already grown into. I assumed that I might run a couple of tours and that would probably …

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Sunset at Palolem Beach, Goa

My Year In Travel…A Look Back At 2012

Derek Everything Else, India, Romania, Wandering Earl Tours 46 Comments

Sitting here on the small balcony of my beach hut in Palolem, Goa, in the South of India, with the Arabian Sea only 30 meters in front of me and a palm tree full of coconuts providing me with some much needed shade, I can only smile. Exactly one year ago, I was sitting in an apartment in Bucharest, Romania, …

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