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...

Thursday, November 22, 2012


Of all the American feast days, Thanksgiving is closest to my heart. The first immigrants gathered with the Indians and gave thanks to God for helping them survive. Many times I thought it shouldn’t be just once a year, but then  I changed my mind; it is good to have an official day, in which one can think about all his or her gifts, received daily or in time. The words to come were written as I thought about them while we were traveling.

I give thanks to God; He helped us every moment.

I thank Mihai. He is the one who transformed an idea into reality. Step by step, innumerable hours, during the day and especially at night, he searched on the internet for the cheapest and most comfortable ways of transport. He read what others wrote and learned from their experiences. He found the ideal weather (you don’t want to be in India during monsoon time, when it rains for three months in a row) and made a schedule allowing us to travel with minimum clothes. He is the one who searched and found hotels and apartments, not only good, but cheap and close to the places we wanted to visit. He is the one who pushed us out of the house, when we wanted to sit and complain, saying there are still places to be visited, and in this way he enriched us.
Baobabs Avenue, Madagascar

I thank our children, for their serenity... for their way of accepting the obvious; there is no escape from visiting every temple, museum, market and rock. For the joy of doing different things. For their patience, waiting for us to finish taking all the pictures (and for their smiles as subjects). For welcoming us in their adolescent universe and for sharing their thoughts. Because without them the trip wouldn’t have been so marvelous and maybe it wouldn’t have happened at all.

I thank our friends, old and new, for being there for us.

With Rares, Dara, Ana and Doru, Japan

The "Going Anyway" family, Bali

Ina, Berlin

Cristina and Dan, Greece

Rodica and her family, Geneva
I thank those who donated. Besides money, we received also the joy that they were thinking of us and the possibility of trying new things.

I thank those who made our beds, changed our towels and cleaned our rooms.

I thank those who cooked our food and those who served it, even if we didn’t appreciate it at its true value.
Ali, Cambodia

Fort Cochi

I thank those who drove our cars, or our boats, or our tuk-tuks and showed us a little bit of their country.

Mr. Juned, India

The crew from Kerala

Phu, the man who helped us see the Details, Angkor Wat

Tsiribihina river, Madagascar

I thank those who were our guides.

Tsewang, Tibet

Martha, Australia

Thomas and Robert, South Africa

Jean Robert, Madagascar

Emanuel, Madagascar

Adrian, Lesotho

I thank those who taught me how to say “Hello”, “Thank you” and “Good bye” in their language, to sing, to paint, to dance, to cook.

Desak, Bali

I thank those who opened for me the gates to a different world.

Anna, Thailand

I thank the other travelers who gave our children the opportunity to mesmerize them with their adventures. To those who shared with us their favorite places and told us how to get there. To those who took our pictures.

Antananarivo, Madagascar

Milford Sound, New Zealand

I thank our families, who traveled the world to spend some time with us and share memories.




I thank the people who took care of the house, the mail, and helped us with running things smoothly.

I thank those who prayed for us, who kept us in their thoughts.

I thank those who made it possible for us to see what we saw. The ones who imagined, constructed, searched, who founded, who excavated, who restored, who exhibited, who guarded (and the list goes on) the monuments and the museums, and everything else.

From the cleaning crew, Cambodia


I thank those who pushed our buttons and helped us to see our limits. It is wonderful to overcome difficulties—you feel open and free. (I hope that the person who has Maria’s shoes enjoys them!)

I thank those who thought it was just a usual day at their work. For us it meant to leave and arrive on time, to catch the next transportation, to have a pleasant experience.

I thank those who cut our hair, carried our luggage or in a way or another touched our nomadic lives.



Solid honey, China




Dinah, Hawaii

I thank those who wrote to us. Your words brought the message that someone is reading what we are writing and they enjoy it.

I thank those who welcomed us in their communities, in their homes, shared their food and much more.

Kendrick's family, Singapore

Melbourne, Australia

Sydney, Australia

Alina, Austria

This is Mihaela's house and she had a collection of tea, Berlin

Isma and his mother, Catalunya

Federica, Italy

I thank you, those who are reading my words. Because when it was difficult to find them, the thought that you are waiting helped me to overcome my procrastination and write them down. For your understanding of my unorthodox English syntax and grammar, as I am still thinking and dreaming in Romanian, in spite of 14 years in the USA. Because thinking of you, made me feel less homesick.


  1. Happy Thanksgiving where ever you are. The Americans have it with turkey, mashed potatoes, etc, etc. I shall bring to the table placinta cu dovleac (Romanian style). I shall see you in no time back in the States. Thanks for all the writings.For all the thoughts. Thanks for all the musings.Thanks to Maria, to Ileana and to Ioan. Yes thanks to Mihai as well.

    1. Thank you, Mrs. Richards for your kind words and for the watering mouth, maybe we'll have placinta cu dovleac in Romania!

  2. Have a lovely Thanksgiving,whereever you are today! I always enjoy reading what you are writing... Grateful for you sharing the experience with us, and enriching our lives.

    “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust

    Warm regards, Mary Ellen

  3. You all are more than wonderful! Thank youuuu, for finding the time and patience to tell/write your amazing stories sharing with us. Bless you and safe journey! Corina


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