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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After six years at sea

After six years of life at sea all I’ve got to show for it are a lot of white hairs, a car, a plot of land, a few good and plenty of bad memories. I dedicate this article to all young people who are considering a career and life at sea.

I did my first six months voyage in 2010, during my last year at the naval academy and I was among the lucky few who caught a cadet contract during the academy years…. Now that I think about it, I was among the lucky few from my class who caught a cadet contract at all.

I was happy and excited when I first left. This was my first grand adventure in life, the first time I was leaving home for such a long period, the first time I was going across the ocean to America and on my plane ticket was written Los Angeles. Los Angeles I didn’t get to see that time, ¬†I only saw the highway from the airport to the ship. This turned out to be the usual case unfortunately. The enthusiasm vanished in less than a week, when I realized that I would spend the next six months sleeping in a narrow bed, in a narrow cabin, on a ship with a narrow deck, where everybody abuses you, where you work absolutely every day and where everyone only cares about their own skin.

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San Juan – Puerto Rico review

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Bienvenidos a San Juan , orasul capitala cel mai mare de pe insula Puerto Rico. Intemeiat de spanioli in secolul 16 orasul si-a pastrat foarte bine centrul istoric , impreuna cu zidurile si forturile de protectie aferente , fiind un magnet pentru turisti , in special pentru stapanii insulei SUA. Desi este oarecum o natie independenta , modul de viata american este vizibil pe insula , autostrazi cu multe benzi , hoteluri turn in partea noua a orasului , multe malluri , multe masini SUV mari care stau blocate in trafic pe Continue reading “San Juan – Puerto Rico review”

Trecand prin Bosfor / Passing trough the bosphorus

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entering the strait

aproaching first bridge

luxury villas on the bosphorus

old walls of Constantinopole

old and new Istanbul

second suspention bridge

Istanbul modern skyscrapers

Mayden tower

Hagya Sophya and Blue Mosque

Daca ti-a placut articolul , iti recomand si unul din celalte articole despre calatorii din lista de mai jos si Vezi de asemenea si pagina de Fb GarciaCalavera.ro  , care daca va place ii puteti da un like.

Vezi si alte calatorii / Check out other trips: Circuit Romania Р7 zile cu masina, Budapesta cu masina , Praga Рvacanta de vis , Excursie Dobrogea: Enisala, Ibida, Histria , Vacanta Madrid , Doua zile in Jacksonville USA,  Paralia РGrecia cu masina,  Brasov 12.2014 ,  Buzau quick stop ,  Lepsa & Vrancea county ,  Chisinau ,  Nesebar ,  Bucharest weekends 2014 , Busan ,  40 de zile in Cluj Napoca ,  Hunedoara Castle ;  Singapore 2013 ,  Brasov 02.2014 , Istanbul 01.2014 , Cluj Napoca 08.2013 , Sibiu 07.2013 ,  San Pedro-Africa , Bucharest 2013 , Varna 2012 , Los Angeles 2012 , Budapest & Viena , Salerno , Cluj Napoca 2012 , Florenta , Brasov 02.2012 , Amsterdam , Antofagasta-Chile, Valencia , Lima-Peru , Bremen , Istanbul 2009 , Valletta , San Juan-Puerto Rico , Barcelona , Singapore 2010 , Los Angeles 2010 , Transilvania road trip , La Spezia , Bosphor by ship , Sydney , Melbourne , Auckland ,  San Francisco ,  Tauranga

Alternative tourism: Detroit , Georgia , Burning gate of Turkmenistan , North Korea , Pripyat & the alienation zone   , Nouadhibou graveyard

Cum traieste cealalta jumatate / How the other half lives :  Karachi ,  Guayaquil  , Lagos

 

Auckland New Zeeland review

Auckland Noua Zeelanda, desi nu este orasul capitala tarii , este cel mai important si de asemenea cel mai mare port al acesteia. Dupa cum ati putut vedea in pozele din postul anterior orasul este foarte curat si da impresia ca totul este nou , totul pare ca luceste, probabil si datorita faptului ca majoritatea cladirilor au fost construite sau renovate in ultimii 20 de ani. Tara este o fosta colonie britanica ,deci limba oficiala este engleza , o engleza cu un dialect chiar foarte placut si inteligibil , deci un mare plus pentru oras. Lumea este foarte de treaba si intotdeauna are timp sa-ti raspunda intrebarilor  ; populatia este compusa din britanici , nativi si un procent bun de imigranti asiatici .

Cel mai proeminent reper al orasului este turnul Skytower , cel mai inalt turn din emisfera sudica a Pamantului ; turnul se inalta 328 de metri si are in varf pe langa numeroasele instalatii de comunicatie o platforma de observatie ce ofera o vedere de 360 de grade si o podea de sticla , un restaurant si o platforma speciala de bungee jumping pentru doritorii de senzatii tari. Pretul ca sa urci in turn este de 20 de dolari neo-zeelandezi (cam 17 USD) si ca sa sari la bungee jumping inca vreo 50.

Orasul este destul de scump , preturile amintind de vestul Europei , o bere la bar costa intre 7 si 10 dolari , un pachet de tigari 8-9,  si cam tot atata pentru un suvenir mic (magnet de frigider).

Dar in concluzie orasul este printre cele mai frumoase si civilizate locuri din lume ,cel putin din cate am vazut pana acum , un loc ce nu trebuie ratat daca vi se ofera ocazia vreodata. Am mai pus si cateva poze cu turnul si vederea de sus , plus targul de duminica dimineata din Auckland , enjoy! PS: nava cu containere care se vede in una din poze este nava pe care am fost ūüôā

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Check out other trips: First 48 days in Marseille France , Romania road trip across the country in 7 days , Budapest Hungary road trip , Prague Рdream vacation , Excursion Dobrogea: Enisala, Ibida, Histria , Vacation Madrid Spain , Two days in Jacksonville USA,  Paralia РGreece road trip,  Brasov 12.2014 ,  Buzau quick stop ,  Lepsa & Vrancea county ,  Chisinau city break ,  Nessebar Bulgaria ,  Bucharest weekends 2014 , Busan Korea ,  40 days in Cluj Napoca ,  Hunedoara Castle ;  Singapore 2013 ,  Brasov 02.2014 , Istanbul 01.2014 , Cluj Napoca 08.2013 , Sibiu 07.2013 ,  San Pedro-Ivory Coast , Bucharest 2013 , Varna 2012 , Los Angeles 2012 , Budapest & Viena trip , Salerno Italy , Cluj Napoca 2012 , Florence Italy , Brasov 02.2012 , Amsterdam , Antofagasta-Chile, Valencia Spain , Lima-Peru , Bremen Germany , Istanbul 2009 , Valletta Malta , San Juan-Puerto Rico , Barcelona Spain , Singapore 2010 , Los Angeles 2010 , Transilvania road trip , La Spezia , Bosphorus by ship , Sydney , Melbourne Australia , Auckland New Zealand ,  San Francisco USA ,  Tauranga NZ

Alternative tourism: Detroit , Georgia , Burning gate of Turkmenistan , North Korea , Pripyat & the alienation zone   , Nouadhibou graveyard

How the other half lives :  Karachi ,  Guayaquil  , Lagos

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Auckland – New Zealand quick stop

Hello everybody , this is my first post : first stop Auckland РNew Zealand.  I just got back home after 6 months on the sea spent on a container ship as part of the crew and I want to share some pictures of all the great places I saw during my voyage.

I joined my ship in L.A. California , you can see a few  pics taken when landing on LAX airport after a very very long 18 hours flight from Bucharest. 18 days later after crossing the Pacific Ocean we arrive in New Zealand, straight in to downtown Auckland.

The city is quite nice , the downtown core is home to numerous high rises and also home to the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere : Sky Tower , which I can say I had the pleasure of visiting , the view from the top is simply amazing.

This former British colony is truly one of the most civilized places I have ever visited around the world , is clean , safe , people are friendly , the only downside is the limited economic possibilities and the distance from any other country. I Hope you Enjoy my gallery below.

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Check out other trips: The London Week ,  Saint Tropez France road trip , First 48 days in Marseille France , Romania road trip across the country in 7 days , Budapest Hungary road trip , Prague Рdream vacation , Excursion Dobrogea: Enisala, Ibida, Histria , Vacation Madrid Spain , Two days in Jacksonville USA,  Paralia РGreece road trip,  Brasov 12.2014 ,  Buzau quick stop ,  Lepsa & Vrancea county ,  Chisinau city break ,  Nessebar Bulgaria ,  Bucharest weekends 2014 , Busan Korea ,  40 days in Cluj Napoca ,  Hunedoara Castle ;  Singapore 2013 ,  Brasov 02.2014 , Istanbul 01.2014 , Cluj Napoca 08.2013 , Sibiu 07.2013 ,  San Pedro-Ivory Coast , Bucharest 2013 , Varna 2012 , Los Angeles 2012 , Budapest & Viena trip , Salerno Italy , Cluj Napoca 2012 , Florence Italy , Brasov 02.2012 , Amsterdam , Antofagasta-Chile, Valencia Spain , Lima-Peru , Bremen Germany , Istanbul 2009 , Valletta Malta , San Juan-Puerto Rico , Barcelona Spain , Singapore 2010 , Los Angeles 2010 , Transilvania road trip , La Spezia , Bosphorus by ship , Sydney , Melbourne Australia , Auckland New Zealand ,  San Francisco USA ,  Tauranga NZ

Alternative tourism: Detroit , Georgia , Burning gate of Turkmenistan , North Korea , Pripyat & the alienation zone   , Nouadhibou graveyard

How the other half lives :  Karachi ,  Guayaquil  , Lagos

 

this is it for now , hope you enjoy