Memories from my first voyage on the School Ship Albatros

It was the Autumn of 2008, I was in my third year of studies at the Romanian Naval Academy. Those wishing to go on the Albatros school ship (the only school ship of higher maritime education system in Romania) had registered long before and now were waiting for their turn to embark. The School Ship “Albatros”, was an ancient relic of the once great Romanian merchant fleet. It now sailed at the edge of legality only through “friendly” ports. No one risked entering a port in the West due to it’s many problems related to the technical condition and the certificates status. It was however understandable. This was a cargo ship built in 1977 under the name of “Dej”, already over 30 years old age.

Although it was technologically obsolete, and what you were doing there had little to do with what you do on a modern ship, many students still wanted to embark on it, being a good way to put some experience on their seaman’s book. The management of the Academy also wanted to put as many students on it as it could, being a safe method to check who has seasickness and who is able to withstand the conditions on board, thus being able to make cadet recommendations to large companies.

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Se intampla in toamna lui 2008, eram in anul 3 de studii la Academia Navala Romana. Doritorii sa mearga pe nava scoala Albatros, (singura nava scoala a invatamantului maritim superior din Romania) s-au inscris cu mult timp inainte si isi asteptau randul sa se imbarce. Nava Scoala Albatros, era o relicva antica a maretei flote Romanesti ce naviga la limita legalitatii doar prin porturi “prietenoase”. Nimeni nu se risca sa intre in vreun port din Vest datorita multelor probleme legate de starea tehnica si a certificatelor. Era de inteles totusi, a fost construita in 1977 sub numele de “Dej”, avand deja peste 30 de ani.

Desi era depasita tehnologic, si ce faceai pe acolo nu prea are nici o treaba cu ce faci pe o nava moderna, multi studenti doreau totusi sa se imbarce pe ea, fiind o cale buna de a pune niste experienta pe carnetul de marinar. Conducerea Academiei ar fi vrut si ea sa puna cat mai multi studenti pe ea, fiind o metoda sigura de a verifica cine are rau de mare si cine e in stare sa suporte conditiile de la bord, astfel putand face recomandari de cadeti pentru firmele mari.

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So what is the cost of living in England? Salaries are probably higher than in your home country, but so are the costs. Is it true that some people are are living hand to mouth here? … In some cases yes, but most are living just fine. The cost of living in England is quite good compared to wages, although the pound is dropping quite fast since Brexit… We already established in the previous article that food costs in the UK about the same as in countries in East Europe, so from the start you are at an advantage. Let’s see what costs and expenses we have in England:

  1. Accommodation: by far the biggest expense you will have will be securing a roof over your head. Unless you bring along around 150 to 200 thousand pounds to buy your own house, you will most likely rent like most people. The rental expense depends a lot on where you are. In general in the South of England (London, Southampton), and especially in London, to rent of a house costs double or triple compared to renting a similar house in the North of England (Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Doncaster, Hull, Newcastle). If in the North you can easily find a house of your own at 500-600 pounds per month, in London on the website, the only rental house located in a decent area that is less than a thousand pounds per month was in Brentwood (one hour by car or train + subway to central London)

UK Cat costa viata in Anglia? – Ce salariu iti trebuie pentru un trai decent?

UK Cost of living in England – What salary do you need for a decent living? English Article HERE

Cat costa viata in Anglia? Salariile sunt mai mari ca in Romania dar si costurile, e adevarat ca unii fac foamea pe aici? …in cazul unora da, dar majoritatea o duc bine. Costul vietii in Anglia e destul de bun fata de salarii, desi lire scade cam repede de cand cu Brexit-ul… Am stabilit deja in articolul anterior ca mancarea costa in UK cam la fel cat costa si in Romania, asa ca din start sunteti in avantaj in Vest. Hai sa vedem ce costuri si cheltuieli avem in Anglia:

  1. Cazarea: de departe cea mai mare cheltuiala va fi asigurarea unui acoperis deasupra capului. Daca nu cumva veniti cu vreo 150-200 de mii de lire la voi ca sa va cumparati propia casa, veti sta ca majoritatea in chirie. Asta depinde foarte mult de zona unde sunteti. In general in Sudul Angliei (Londra, Southampton) , si mai ales in Londra, chiria unei case costa dublu sau triplu fata de o casa similara in Nordul Angliei (Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Doncaster, Hull, Newcastle). Daca in Nord gasesti lejer o casa propie la 500-600 lire pe luna, in Londra pe site-ul , singura casa propie de inchiriat intr-o zona decenta pana intr-o mie de lire pe luna era in Brentwood (la o ora de mers cu masina sau cu trenul+metrou de centrul Londrei)
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Care tara este mai buna de locuit: UK Anglia sau Franta? De ce?


Eterna întrebare și rivalitate de pe bătrânul continent: Care tara este mai buna: UK Anglia sau Franta? Ei bine, am locuit in ambele, prima oara în Marseille Franța și dupa m-am mutat cu jobul în Hull, Anglia, UK. Este greu de spus in care este mai bine să trăiești și depinde foarte mult de ce limbă vorbești, de regiunea în care te afli și de circumstantele fiecaruia.

Ambele sunt orașe oarecum problematice, cu cifre mari de șomaj și reputație locală proastă, așa că s-ar putea să nu fiu în cea mai bună poziție pentru a judeca aceste țări. (Sau s-ar putea să fiu în poziția perfectă pentru a arăta adevărul fiecărei țări, depinde cum privești problema)

În general, dacă te uiți doar la numere și statistici, viața în Franța (dacă vorbești franceza) este într-adevăr mai bună decât viața în Marea Britanie. Totul, de la vreme la salarii, geografie, locație, infrastructură și beneficii sociale sunt într-adevăr mai bune pe continent. Nu era o diferență atât de mare înainte, dar diferenta s-a marit considerabil de la rezultatul referendumului Brexit din 2016 și din pacate trendul va continua si in 2021. Să vedem de ce:

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Which country is better to live in: UK or France? Why?

So the eternal question and rivalry on the old continent: Which country is better: England, UK or France? Well, I lived in Marseille France, and than I moved to Hull, England, UK. It’s hard to say which is better to live in, and depends a lot on what language you speak , the region you are in and your job.

Both are somewhat problematic cities, with high unemployment figures and bad local reputation, so I might not be in the best position to judge these countries. (Or I might be in the perfect position to show the truth of each country, depends how you look at it)

In general, if you look only at the numbers and stats, life in France (if you speak French) is indeed better than life in England, UK. Everything from the weather to salaries, geography , location, infrastructure and social benefits is indeed better on the main land. It was not such a big difference before, but the gap has widen considerably since the result of the 2016 Brexit referendum and it will continue to do so unfortunately. Let’s see why:

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How much does food cost in England UK? Cost comparison UK vs Romania

We have all heard the myth that the cost of food in the West is even cheaper than food in Romania and East Europe, despite the fact that salaries are about 4 times higher than in the East Europe. How much does food cost in England UK? Living in UK England and seeing every day the prices in pounds I could never figure it out, so I decided to make a detailed comparison.

Fortunately, I didn’t have to ask for any receipts from folks back home, today we have online groceries shops in both countries. I compared the same food products from 2 large chain stores, respectively Mega Image in Romania, and ASDA in UK England. We went for products of medium quality or cheaper lower end, because let’s be serious, both the Romanian and the English do this. On the below list we have on the left side the online shopping cart from England with the prices of the products in British Pounds with their converted values into Romanian Lei currency below (at the exchange rate of the day: 1 GBP pound = 5.43 Lei), and on the right side the same products (or their similar equivalent in terms of weight and quality) with their price in Romanian Lei and their converted values into British Pounds to see the difference.

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UK Cat costa mancarea in Anglia fata de Romania? E mai ieftin aici?

How much does food cost in England UK? Cost comparison UK vs Romania – ENGLISH Article

Am auzit toti mitul cum ca mancarea in strainatate ar fi chiar mai ieftina decat mancarea in Romania, desi salariile sunt de vreo 4 ori mai mari decat la noi in tara. Cat costa mancarea in Anglia de fapt? Traind in Anglia si vazand toate preturile in lire nu mi-am putut da seama niciodata, asa ca am decis sa fac o comparatie detaliata.

Din fericire nu a trebuit sa cer bonul nimanui in tara, avem astazi o chestie numita magazin online, de unde poti cumpara mai nou si alimentele de zi cu zi. Am comparat acealeasi produse alimentare luate de la 2 lanturi mari de magazine, respectiv Mega Image in Romania, si ASDA in UK Anglia. Am mers pe produse in general de calitate medie sau mai ieftine, pentru ca hai sa fim seriosi asa face si Romanul si Englezul. Haideti sa vedem lista: avem in stanga cosul online de cumparaturi din Anglia cu pretul produselor in Lire Britanice si dedesubt cu preturile transformate in Lei la cursul zilei (1 lira GBP = 5.43 Lei), iar in partea dreapta aceleasi produse (sau cat mai similare posibil ca, calitate si gramaj) cu pretul lor in Lei din Romania si acelasi pret dedesubt convertit in Lire Britanice pentru a vedea diferenta. [click pe poza pentru a face mare]

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Vacation in Las Palmas – Gran Canaria 2020

In January 2020, not long before the crisis caused by the Corona virus began, we had a dream vacation in Las Palmas, the capital of the island of Gran Canaria. Gran Canaria is part of the Canary Islands archipelago, along with Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro. The Canary Islands, although geographically located in Africa, are part of Spain and the EU, so you don’t have to worry about travel documents.

I chose this tropical destination in winter to escape from the cold in Europe. The canaries have been blessed with an excellent climate, protected by currents that ensure ideal temperatures all year round: not lower than 20 degrees in winter and not higher than 29 degrees during summer. Gran Canaria also gets an average of 320 sunny days out of 365 per year.

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Vacanta in Las Palmas – Gran Canaria – Spania


In Ianuarie 2020, nu cu mult timp inainte sa inceapa criza provocata de virusul Corona, am apucat o vacanta de vis in Las Palmas, capitala insulei Gran Canaria. Gran Canaria face parte din arhipelagul Insulelor Canare, alaturi de Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Gomera, La Palma si El Hierro. Insulele Canare desi sunt geografic localizate in Africa, fac parte din Spania si UE asa ca nu trebuie sa va faceti griji in privinta actelor.

Am ales aceasta destinatie tropicala iarna, pentru a scapa de frigul din Europa. Canarele au fost binecuvantate cu o clima excelenta, protejata de curenti ce ii asigura tot anul temperaturi nu mai mici de 20 de grade iarna si nu mai mari de 29 de grade vara, dar si o medie de 320 de zile insorite din 365 ale unui an.

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