Hi, I’m Manuela, the author of the articles and most of the pictures on this blog.
Here are a few things about me:
I was born in the North of Romania and spent my childhood in the countryside. I was an avid reader and used to re-read stories, fairy tales and adventure novels.
My years in the village made me appreciate nature and all creatures as well as old rituals passed on through word of mouth from a time no-one knows about.
We had nearby a lake, a river and forests. The rhythm of life changed according to seasons.
As a child I dreamed about seeing faraway places and when I grew up, I used any opportunity to travel. I first went on a train when I was at teenager without my parents knowledge. It was exciting and I fell in love with its rocking rhythm. I’ve been on many trains since: steam trains, sleepers, high speed ones and ones that crawl along (my favorites).
In 2014 I took three months off, packed a heavy backpack and travelled around the United States. I had the time of my life; visiting big cities, trekking in national parks, driving in the desert and all the time meeting fascinating people. After I came back to Bucharest, I realised I don’t have to be on the road to have the outlook of a traveller and that I can find excitement and meet surprising people every day.
The most unusual places I have travelled to are Transnistria, Kosovo and Armenia. I love the sun and sea and considered moving to Sardinia, Crete and California. I would still like to visit Africa, Australia and Japan.
I went to university in Bucharest where I studied political science and anthropology. I’m fascinated with what it means to be human and by discovering more about the world around me, I’m finding out more about myself. Or maybe it’s the other way around?
I’ve been volunteering and working since I turned 18. I planted trees, played with young kids, taught Maths and English, wrote magazine and blog articles, managed projects, did anthropological research, gave and received loads of advice. For most of this time I was living in Romania where I worked with people from 18 countries; including American anthropology students, Scottish therapists, a Swedish green energy expert and a German landscape designer. I was also a fixer for a BBC radio documentary and did many interpreting jobs.
Thank you for reading my blog and I’d really appreciate any feedback, suggestions for articles or writing opportunities.
PS: Here’s my reading list on Goodreads.