Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A first in the Romanian soccer

Well, for the first time in history Romanian soccer fans have something to be excited about. Having two teams in the world's most important competition in football (the Champions League) doesn't come easy. Today, Steaua qualified in the group phase by beating Galatasaray Istambul at home 1-0 after drawing in Turkey (2-2). CFR Cluj the champion en-titre are automatically qualified and now both can hope for mercifull groups in the League. Why mercyfull? Well, CFR is in a bad shape now (10th place in the ROM league)while in general Romanian teams fail to actually "bite" the oponents, usually affraid by their fame. Hopefully, things will change to better.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Same ol' Troy

Getting back here is a bit tough after my extended European experience. No doubt, going to Ocean City first, has helped a lot. Now, slowly but surely, I am getting accquinted to everything.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

My first Parasail experience

Quite nice but expensive as well, my first parasailing experience was quite short (aren't they all) of about 15 minutes of actual flight and a bit weird. The guys were also supposed to take our photos with a SLR camera and give us the film. Minor problem: they didn't have good batteries (that many pics they do) so the plan felt to pieces. The only proof I have are the few shots I took with a camera while floating above the Bay. Still..pretty cool and I definetely enjoyed a lot the view from above and the "floating in the wind" feeling

Sunday, August 10, 2008

08.08.08 - How lucky can you get at the Chinese Olympics?

Superstition is quite a deal in China. Thus, the programming of the opening ceremony for the OG in Beijing. 08/08/08 08:08 pm was no surprise for those familiar with the significance of number 8 in Chinese culture.

OC getaway

OC has always been fun. The beach, boardwalk and private pool are something that easily can get you hooked. But the most appealing thing is the relaxation, something that I always find it to be synonym with OC.

Northern Germany, again

After acquiting myself with Kiel, Hamburg, Lubeck and other northern German cities..I had the chance to go back and experience it again. This time was the beautiful city of Bremen. A rather small but enchanting place, with a rich history and friendly people. Not to mention the beer gardens and all that other stuff...It's going to be touch to re-adjust to USA.

Back in the US with some emotions

Partly my personal fault, partly thanks to the improper website of, that hasn't allowed me to select the month from the usual combo boxes, I ended up stranded in the Hamburg airport. Besides the monetary loss, which is quite significant, one loses a lot more. I was very disappointed and mad on how this could have happened to me. But I guess after all the travel I have been doing, at same point something bad will occur. So yes, it was back in Kiel, in March, around 1-2am when I purchased the ticket online. Being in EU and having to enter manually the date, I naturally typed 04/08/08. But little did I suspect that instead of August the 4th, I actually purchased a ticket for April. Until now...:( well, not much one can do in this situation. Thus, I just made the obvious choice of buying another ticket ($1300) instead of returning to RO. The British Airways flight was quite lousy, the seating one of the worse I had, a plenty of crying babies to go around. PLus, at landing I had the privilege to experience how a roller coaster feels like, as a bonus. AT least I flew directly to DC. Here some carriages pick you up from the plain and take you to the actual terminal and the lines to enter the USA. This time wasn't to bad either. 45 minutes later after grabbing my bags I was exiting Dulles to experience the wonderful 90F. Back again..