“What is your most memorable childhood travel memory?” That’s what I’ve asked over 50 travel bloggers and other travel addicts. These are their personal stories and photos.
Today, I interview Teodor from Romania Wine Tasting!
Hi Teodor, do you remember the first time you went travelling?
Already at my birth I was 200 km away from home, as my mom was visiting a sister. I can’t remember Bucharest so good at that time, it was very noisy.
Speaking seriously, I can remember when I was 10, visiting Sinaia with my class by bus. Me and my room mates had been talking all night long and even climbing the stairs many, many times. All this happened in a small cabin, of which the owner did not sleep any minute. Very angry with us, he catched us and applied a small correction!
Did your parents travel much before you were born?
In the tough communist times of Ceausescu my parents did not travel very much, because of me and my brothers. Nevertheless, almost yearly we went to the Romanian seaside (we were living in Ramnicu Sarat, 300 km away). It was much more difficult to travel in those times. No internet, no computers. The tickets should be reselled only in an official network, and the services were totally bad.
What was your favourite holiday destination as a child, a teenager and an adult?
Bucharest, when I was a kid, had a magnetic attraction (I was living in Focsani, 200 km away).
As a teenager I spend my vacations mostly in Lepsa, Vrancea mountains, in the most rudimentary conditions. But we were perfectly happy and have the best memories of it.
As an adult, I love Oradea and Cluj Napoca very much, but Rome comes first.
Can you tell me what your memory is with this image?
This is the Michael’s Church and square in Cluj Napoca, which I am using as a meeting point in that specific city (I am a travel guide). I did the same in September 2012 with group of Swiss tourists, but a policeman tried to send me and the driver with the bus away. Fortunately, he was a smart guy and finally understood what catastrophe he could produce!
Can you remember a specific travel item/gadget you used to take on a trip as a child?
My younger brother was my favourite toy, together with a Teddy bear, medium size.
Did the way you travelled as a child changed much when you grew up?
As a child I was not a foodie and wine aficionado, which I am now. This the most important change.
Every age has its own pleasures, things were perfect, even in those tough times.
Finally: What is your best tip for making a trip memorable?
A memorable trip depends on so many factors, giving only one tip is not o.k. with me, but I’ll try nevertheless. The traveller should let a good place for unknown and improvisations, as we are not robots. Don’t suffer if not everything is going as you planned. Instead, thank God for that, maybe it’s better so.
If you want to read more of Teodor’s stories, be sure to visit his website: Romania Wine Tasting.
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