Noi6 Around-the-World

Noi6 means "the 6 of us" in Romanian.

We are five, you are the sixth one.

We thank you for joining us in our trip around the world...

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Reverse Cultural Shock

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Last day in Japan starts early, packing all our belongings, leaving them in the apartment ready to go and heading toward Kiyomizu Dera. Being part of the “must see” either for tourists or for locals means one thing: hordes of people. It’s 8:45 and the place is packed. Policemen survey some steps and are vehemently forbidding people to take their picture. I wonder: is it because the sun is at such height in the sky that we don’t see the steps and could have an accident? We’ll find out later that somewhere in the temple there was a service and the picture would upset it.


Later in the afternoon when we were aloud to take the picture.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Noi6 Around-the-World: The Theme

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Noi6 Around-the-World: The Theme: Translated from English by Ileana Ruxandra 10 years later: For the past few weeks I searched on the internet trying to find families who went, or are or will be on a trip around the world. Mihai is...

Noi6 Around-the-World: The Bait

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Noi6 Around-the-World: The Bait: 10 years later, translated from Romanian: Mihai says to write, because we will forget and I’m sure he is right. For a long time I was somehow numb, yeah we took the decision to go a...

Noi6 Around-the-World: Beginnings

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Noi6 Around-the-World: Beginnings: translated from Romanian, 10 years later: Sir Ernest Shackleton … he tried to cross Antarctica going through South Pole in 1914. The ship was claimed by ice and for a year and a hal...

Monday, July 9, 2018

Nara's Deer

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October 28, 2015

We decide to visit Nara, again, because Ioan did not feed the deer four years ago. Good enough reason? Oh, yeah.



Friday, May 11, 2018

Four more, a Forest and Friends

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October 27, 2015

Google challenges us: we have managed to transport ourselves by subway and buses, but can we take a bus without a number and no recognizable signs? Proud to say: Yes, we can, and even have seats.




Friday, March 16, 2018

Twelve and Counting

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October 26, 2015

Today is going to be a long and full day. If yesterday we saw three temples, today we’re going to double that number.




Friday, January 19, 2018

Penguins of Syracuse

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We first lost our passports. I found them after about 40 minutes, it is not so hard to check all the possible places were they could have been put, starting when we returned from our last international trip. Which was fresh on our mind, because it was then that a dead 1500 year old monk split my head open and my coworkers reminded it me of it all day. "Have a great vacation but watch your head." I knew we must have had the passports on arrival and eventually we found them. Later that day I had a freaky accident playing table tennis and the injuries made me feel in a daze. I kept misplacing and losing many more things. Great start - all the bad luck was wasted. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Old Temples

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Sunday October 25, 2015

Breakfast, Ioan takes his test and then we leave for Biyodo-in, a World Heritage Site. We change the train and we sit in the new one, waiting for the scheduled time to leave. A young man, while entering the wagon, juggles his many possessions and his iPad cover slips in the space between the train and station. Immediately he deposits his phone and iPad on a chair, but takes his backpack and runs to get an attendant. The other people are calm, there is nothing wrong with leaving your things behind. We, foreigners, are more concerned about his things and start calling him. He bows and makes signs that he will return, not to worry… No one is interested in stealing a phone and an iPad just sitting there…This is the second time in Japan when I think this is a safe country. The first time was when I saw a pigeon sleeping on the rail of the bridge in the middle of the traffic. The attendant comes armed with a mighty claw, but he is not able to grasp the cover. Our young man collects his possessions and waits for our train to leave, so he can have his cover back.




Saturday, February 18, 2017

Red Gates and Grey Turtles

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What is so special about Kyoto?
The old capital is imbued with history and lore...
It still has many pre-war buildings as it was not heavilly bombed during the second world war...
People are encouraged and rewarded to wear the traditional kimono (the buses and the temples offer a reduced rate)...
It has a harmonious mix of old and new ...
It has gardens and temples….lots and lots of gardens and temples...