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Joining a Bucharest walking tour in Romania

Romania is a place I’ve wanted to go for a while now. I was inspired by the mental images of its old Eastern European traditions, the imposing Government palaces, locals driving Dacia branded cars, meals consisting mostly of cabbage and/or polenta and perhaps bumping into the legendary 1990’s footballer Gheorghe Hagi. Probably not wearing his conspicuous yellow Romanian football top though so maybe I did see him and just didn’t realise it! So how better to experience some of this than on a Bucharest walking tour with Bucharest Walkabout Free Walking Tours.

The start of the walking tour

The start of the walking tour

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Country counting and does it really matter?

An oft discussed topic is whether it matters that a travel blogger’s been to 111 countries or just 11? Is it then of any concern whether a travel blogger then shares that they’ve been to 111 countries or just 11? Although it’s the bloggers with the higher numbers who are more likely to share them, wielded as some sort of badge of honour. A confirmation of their expertise and pedigree as an influencer/source of knowledge. Country counting is one thing but then telling everybody about it is something slightly different. So let’s talk a bit more about country counting?

Country counting using the Been app

Country counting using the Been app

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Experiencing the wonderful Winter Olympics

I’ve been to the Summer Olympics before but enjoyed the Winter Olympics at Sochi 2014 even more, and this is why. First of all it was in Russia, a place I’d never been to before. That’s the great thing about sport. Big events such as the Olympics give you that incentive to visit places you’ve never been to previously. Second it meant I could also explore Moscow en-route. Thirdly it all seemed so much more accessible. Accessible in the sense that we were talking to presenters and competitions at most of the locations. It was hard to tell who was having the most fun, them or us!

At the mountain cluster of the Sochi Winter Olympics with skiier Chemmy Alcott (left)

At the “mountain cluster” of the Sochi Winter Olympics with Chemmy Alcott (left)

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