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Baby no. 2 (November 9th, 2011 - Wednesday)

Our second baby girl was born! We're incredibly happy.

Surgery (January 4th, 2011 - Tuesday)

Started the year with surgery, to fix my broken humerus. A second one will follow in the summer to remove the metal plate. After each I will need exercising for motion range recovery. Not fun.

Sirnea (July 26th, 2009 - Sunday)

Time for our annual company holiday again. Went to “Valea cu Struti”, in Sirnea village, close to Bran. Played a couple of breath-taking, adrenaline-pumping rounds of paintball.

Baby Girl (March 16th, 2009 - Monday)

Our first baby was born, it's a girl! Everything went very well, and everybody is recovering nicely. Mom is tired and happy, baby is loud and seemingly unhappy with the new home and... I am just adjusting to being a dad. That's one experience I was NOT prepared for.

Dalmatian Coast (September 23rd, 2008 - Tuesday)

Back after a fantastic vacation exploring the Dalmatian Coast of the Adriatic sea, from the wild natural beauty of Durmitor in Montenegro, through the old city of Dubrovnik in Croatia, all the way to Italy's Venice and the Dolomites.

Tierna (July 5th, 2008 - Saturday)

Company holiday this year was at Tierna, right on the dam in Cerna's Valley. We hiked to Vanturatoarea waterfall and Tesna's keys.

Travels (June 8th, 2008 - Sunday)

Done a bit of traveling lately, I didn't have the time to mention it here. A circuit last year in the USA: San Francisco to Los Angeles, Vegas, Yosemite, Tahoe and back to SF. Visited Barcelona and Costa Brava in Spain. Skied on glaciers in Carinthia. Went to Budapest and traveled in Scotland.

Home Theater (April 15th, 2008 - Tuesday)

Completed my Home Theater project. Full HD plasma, Playstation 3 as Blu-Ray player, HDMI A/V receiver, 5.1 surround sound.

New Honda (November 24th, 2007 - Saturday)

Changed the car, got a new Honda CR-V. Early Christmas present.

National Geographic (October 9th, 2007 - Tuesday)

My Cerna's springs photo from two years ago got published in the National Geographic Traveler: Romania.

Cheile Butii (July 14th, 2007 - Saturday)

Our company outing this year was at Cheile Butii, at the edge of the Retezat National Park. We climbed Piatra Iorgovanului through breathtaking sights. Last year's outing was in Piatra Craiului.

Married (July 13th, 2007 - Friday)

Got married to my sweetheart. The wedding was a blast, to my total surprise. Just us and a couple hundred of our closest friends. See "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" to get an idea of what a Romanian wedding feels like.

Skiing '07 (July 12th, 2007 - Thursday)

Went skiing both in Tirol (Austria) and Orcières-Merlette (France) this year. The snow wasn't too good (thank you, Global Warming!) but we had a great time nevertheless.

New Home (June 11th, 2006 - Sunday)

I am moving. I bought a small apartment this spring and the renovating, fix-ups and improvements are finally done. Somehow I got involved enough to become PM on yet another project... Furnishing and decorating are still in progress though, but are they ever done?

Skiing (February 17th, 2006 - Friday)

I'm not skiing as much as I used to (no time, unfortunately) but I still manage the occasional trip to Straja. Also planning for a week in the Alps, in France, next month.

New Year (January 23rd, 2006 - Monday)

Happy New Year! I spent mine at Negoiu Cabin in Fagaras Mountains.

Marsa Alam (October 18th, 2005 - Tuesday)

Went diving the Red Sea in Egypt again. This time it was in a dive camp close to Marsa Alam which is further south on the coast, towards Sudan. Unspoiled, breathtaking coral reefs. Dived with sharks, snorkeled with dolphins.

Greece (September 5th, 2005 - Monday)

Wednesday I am heading to the southern Greek islands for a couple of weeks. Santorini, Naxos and Mikonos are on the itinerary. Pics when I'm back!

Amsterdam (June 1st, 2005 - Wednesday)

Back after a Dutch week, enjoying Amsterdam, bungee jumping in Hague, and more.

Valea Mare (May 16th, 2005 - Monday)

Trip to Valea Mare, pics in the Album. Hiked all the way to Cerna's springs.

Pietreni (April 25th, 2005 - Monday)

Added a couple of pics from the Pietreni trip.

Pics (March 23rd, 2005 - Wednesday)

Added a Pictures section, containing a few unique shots I took lately.

Car (January 15th, 2005 - Saturday)

I am getting myself a new car, a Toyota this time (my first one was a Mitsubishi and my second Subaru). Maybe I'll find some time this year to drive around Europe a bit.

New Year (January 1st, 2005 - Saturday)

Happy New Year in 2005! This is gonna be a pretty interesting one, I bet.

Egypt (October 29th, 2004 - Friday)

Done! Two weeks diving in the Red Sea, visiting Dahab and Cairo in Egypt. Superb underwater scenery, gorgeous desert vistas, magnificent pyramids.

France (April 27th, 2004 - Tuesday)

Just came back from a week in France - Paris is truly beautiful in the spring. This trip has completely reopen my appetite for travel. Now I would really like to check out Austria, then to go diving in the Red Sea, in Egypt. Of course, with my work schedule being as it is, I don't know when I can do all that...

Email (February 27th, 2004 - Friday)

I changed my email address, please use the new one from the side-box on the right. The old one was getting an *insane* amount of spam. Something had to be done. I also updated the website with the occasion.

Orkut (February 25th, 2004 - Wednesday)

You can find me on orkut now. Same name and address. Let me know if you need an invitation.

Sabbatical (December 24th, 2001 - Monday)

I am getting ready for a year of traveling around the world. I'll be spending the first three months in Central America (Honduras, Cuba, Costa Rica) then three more in SE Asia (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia) then I'll arrive in Eastern Europe in July and plan the second part of this trip. Adventure, unknown, mystery, fun - here I come. 2002 will be truly extraordinary, maybe one of my best years yet!

Departure date: January 13th, 2002. I'm counting the days.