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Romanian Adventure!

I’ve got something exciting to show to you viewers today! It’s a video compilation of my adventure in Romania!

In the video, you’ll see shots of Bucharest, Dracula’s Castle, Brasov, Transylvania, Black Church, Pele’s Castle, Sinaia, Bucegi Mountains, Prejmer’s Fortified Church and much more! I’m still an amateur to video editing, so bear with me. I’m still trying to understand why my HD video does not stay in HD when I upload it; I’m working on it though!

Here’s the video and please, tell me what you think by leaving a comment below!

What was your favorite part of the video? What would you like to see for yourself?

Aside from my adventure in Romania, I am now working on a collaborative article with “Travel Enthusiast”: “Kendra Thornton” on our favorite location in the world and the hidden gems about that particular location.

Keep your eyes peeled!

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Dracula’s Castle

The car’s booked and we’re heading out first thing tomorrow morning to “Brasov” in the province of “Transylvania” to see Dracula’s castle. I’m crossing my fingers that I won’t be bitten, because I really don’t like working night shift. That shouldn’t be a problem though, because “Bran Castle” in Transylvania is only the inspiration for the classic story of “Dracula”. It will see be wonderful to see this awesome piece of History though, so I really look forward to that and the road trip ahead of me; who knows what lies ahead on these crazy roads…
We will most likely stay the night in a Villa on a mountainside in Transylvania, which should be very charming!

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Lots of stories and photos coming your way! Keep your eyes peeled!

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Romania by Night

I don’t think it matters what day of the week it is, you’ll always find something to do in Bucharest.

What did I do on a Monday night? Well, went to the “Metropolis Casino” in Bucharest of course! I won myself the equivalent of about 55$ USD through the electronic Roulette machine. You place your bets electronically and the system will automatically determine if you won and immediately pay out your earnings in the form of credits. I personally found the security in the casino to be very tight; we had to show our identification, take a photo, and pay an entrance fee while a guard was examining us. The Women at the entrance of the Casino were very stern and not very welcoming, although all the other staff within the casino was very friendly.

I took some time today to check out the “AFI Palace Cotroceni” mall. There must have been 200-300 shops spread out amongst two levels, complete with a 3D IMAX theatre, Skating Rink and Roller Coaster. I had Lunch within the mall at a sit-down Italian restaurant; the chairs and atmosphere was very comfortable, but the food was disgusting and the service was deplorable. I kept biting on small pieces of solid bone that was mixed into the sauce that was spread over my Tortellini. The taste was very bland too. We also waited about 15 minutes or more to get our bill after asking for it – all the Waiters decided it was a better idea to stand at the front of the restaurant and chit-chat. The staff working there seemed to not care about their job; don’t waste your time eating there.

On the way back to the hotel, I passed by an area called “Revolution Square”:

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Equestrian Statue in Revolution Square.

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Me standing in Revolution Square.

I haven’t had a chance to read up on the History of the statue and that particular square; I will be going back tomorrow while there is daylight. Are there any Romanians reading this post that can comment and explain about this statue?

Oh yes! Can’t forget about my well-needed Romanian haircut!

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More to come, stay tuned!

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Romanian Dining

To live Romanian, one must eat Romanian!

So I started with a glass of White Romanian Chardonnay and this plate:

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It’s Squash stuffed with minced meat and boy is it ever delicious! I had no idea that the wine was so tasty and sophisticated as well!

The restaurant I went to was called: “Cara’ cu Bere”; enormous restaurant, plenty of floors, countless tables, live music, traditional Romanian-style decor and so much more! Staff was very attentive and polite, a must visit if you’re making a pit-stop in Bucharest!

Tomorrow will be my “city exploration” day! Then it’s off to Brasov and Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle).

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Bucharest, Romania

Helloooo from Bucharest, Romania!

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What an old looking city, but so beautiful! There is so much History to learn about in this charming country, so time to adventure off into the unknown!

More stories to follow shortly!

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The Traveling Brothers!

That’s right! With twice the amount of traveling, you now have twice the amount of reading!

My younger Brother: “Alex Ilareguy” has made it official! He’s started his own Travel Blog and he’s currently traveling around the world, one day at a time, just like me! It must be in our blood to Travel, that, or I passed the “Travel Bug” onto him. Sorry bro!
We’re both born and raised in Canada, but at this point in time, Alex is traveling around Asia; more specifically: Seoul, South Korea with many more exotic countries coming his way in the near future! You can read up on his adventures by clicking the following link: http://alexilareguy.empowernetwork.com/

Here’s an awesome compilation of snaps of both my Brother and I:

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Alex and Jordan – The two traveling Brothers.

Keep your eyes peeled on my website as well, as I will be traveling to another exotic location in the not too distant future!

If you enjoy our blogs, please do let us know by commenting and/or liking our posts and perhaps even “following” us as well!

Enjoy your new stories, double-time!

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Cologne, Germany

I can’t count how many times I’ve been to this city, I’ll probably need more than two hands.

We arrived early morning and with the six-hour time zone change, it’s a wreck on your body. You have to make a decision: “Do I go to sleep, lose some of my day but wake up well rested to enjoy the rest?” or “Do I just stay awake through the day and make it as far as I can through it?”. I usually go with the first choice, because I like heading out at night with my buddies when I’m well rested so I have the endurance to keep going and stay awake with them. By the time I got to bed, it must have been 730am and I slept until 1pm, got up and went out for a good walk. I took some photos and got some shopping done then headed to a Vietnamese restaurant called “Cyclo” with my buddies. I can’t spell or remember the Vietnamese name of the dish I ordered, but man was it ever delicious and the cooks were just so generous with the portion size! The giant bowl they gave me was loaded with noodles that were coated in a hot peanut sauce. On top of the noodles, I had various veggies with some BBQ’d chicken pieces on top; mouth-watering I tell you, mouth-watering chicken deliciousness.

The only way to finish off a Saturday night in Germany is to wash down your Vietnamese with some good German Kölsch beer! We went to a “Beer House” called the “Beer Museum” where they literally feed beer to you, non-stop, without asking until you ask them to stop, or place a beer coaster on top of your class to show the sign of “please, I’m hammered, no more”. The glasses aren’t very large, which can be dangerous, not only because it’s delicious, but also because you can down them quite fast, which leaves you coming for more and more until you’re seeing double, or even triple! The best part is, the beer is really inexpensive too! They serve the “Kölsch” beer circular beer trays that hold about 10 beers per tray; really fast and convenient when you have hundreds of beer-thirsty customers!
“Beer Houses” and “Beer Gardens” are all over Germany, you’ll have no problem finding them, but I found that they were most prominent in Munich, Germany, which is in an entire different province: “Bavaria”.

I slept in a little more on Sunday, my body needed it, but also, there isn’t a whole lot to do in Cologne on a Sunday, almost all the stores and restaurants are closed, but it’s the perfect kind of day to walk-about and take some good photos without hundreds of people and tourists in the way of your “Kodak moments”. I imagine that most of Germany is like that, but I really can’t recall if it is. Maybe someone can leave a comment and explain?

I’ve been to Cologne so many times, I think I’ve done almost all the touristic things there are to do in the city, although I’m sure I’m missing a few for sure. I heard that the “European Space Agency” is also located in Cologne; if that’s true, I definitely want to see if they host tours of some kind and check out the place! How cool would that be? I’ve been following Chris Hadfield on his adventure through Twitter, same with a few other astronauts. It’s incredible to see the life they live and the things they are doing to make History. It’s very inspirational!

I’m back home now and my friend Julie passed down some extra furniture to me to add to our home, as we’re lacking in the furniture department. Thank Julie!
Tomorrow I start my second Piano lesson and get ready for my next exciting adventure and man, will it ever be exciting I tell you! Prepare for lots of photos!

Here’s a few snaps from the short weekend:

Massive Koln Dom (Cathedral)

Massive Koln Dom (Cathedral)

Kolsch Beer and Tray

Kolsch Beer and Tray

CF18s escorting my aircraft and troops for a warm welcome home!

CF18s escorting my aircraft and troops for a warm welcome home!

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