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...

Monday, October 18, 2021

10 Years Later


Ten years ago we left on our trip around the world. One week ago, our oldest daughter got married. The two events are somehow similar as they each capped a very intense two and a half year period of intense preparation, multiple questions, tremendous growth and some stress.  And similarly the major event is just the beginning of an extraordinary journey. For Maria and Derek it will be a whole life. For us, 10 year ago, it was for a short, defined time of fifteen months or less “however long we enjoy ourselves.” 

Every day, once or several times, we remember something from our trip, we refer to it somehow, we think of a place or a person or some lesson we learned. Without question it is the one unique, fantastic thing that we did and we still have not met anyone else who did something similar.  Our children, now adults, might not know exactly how this trip shaped their life and cannot compare with what would have been without it but can certainly give it some credit for what and where they are in their young adult life.

We still traveled, not as much and certainly not since the beginning of the pandemic. Still we can appreciate from our home how the world has changed in the past 10 years. We enjoy staying put and we long to travel and this contradiction is fine with us because we have this trip to remember. 

We never wrote a book and never made a film. We never watched the whole footage that we took, only bits and pieces. At times we reread some of our blogposts to refresh some details, sometimes we have to search for the exact name of a place. There are probably some pictures that we’ve not seen yet, so this anniversary is a good time to look back and go through some of those memories all over again.

Check for the 10th Anniversary Photos on 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Big Bend National Park

Feb. 19, 2019  Tuesday

The ranger at the Visitor Center suggests that, for one day in Big Bend National Park,  we should drive to Canyon Santa Elena and visit all the view points or trails that stem from the road. Though we entered the park last night, and slept at the Chisos Mountain Lodge, we received our map and visitor guide, The Paisano, this morning, after buying our National Park Pass. To get to the Canyon we have to climb out of the Chisos Basin and then take the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive (named after the first superintendent,  who, knowing the area so well, laid down the route to connect the most spectacular geological features of the west side of the park). 

Our trip is highlighted in blue.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Texas, From Right To Left

Monday, Feb. 18, 2019

At the crack of the dawn, or better say when the dawns were thinking if they should crack, we were in the car driving. I know what I’m talking about, even if you don’t believe me, because there were clouds of flocks of starlings, perched on the wires that were holding the traffic lights, all facing the same way,  not knowing what to do, the light would change and they would start flying, and then re-perch, not enough light far away from the traffic.

Saturday, April 6, 2019



Another vacation! Hurray! This one starts in Houston and ends in San Diego. Mihai flew from Philadelphia earlier in the day and I flew from Romania, through Munchen, arriving at 4 pm.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Reverse Cultural Shock

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

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

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

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

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

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.