Dupa sase ani pe mare

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Dupa sase ani pe mare m-am ales cu multe fire albe, o masina, un teren, cateva amintiri bune si foarte multe rele.  Dedic acest articol tuturor tinerilor ce se gandesc sa plece pe mare.
Primul voiaj l-am facut in 2010, eram in ultimul an de facultate si am fost printre putinii norocosi care si-au inceput cadetia din timpul facultatii ….daca ma gandesc mai bine am fost printre putinii norocosi care si-au inceput cadetia in general.

Eram bucuros cand am plecat, era prima aventura in viata, prima oara cand plecam de acasa pentru o perioada asa mare, prima oara cand mergeam in America iar pe biletul meu de avion scria Los Angeles. Los Angeles nu am apucat sa il vad atunci, am vazut doar autostrada de la aeroport la vapor. Entuziasmul a disparut in mai putin de o saptamana, cand am realizat ca imi voi petrece urmatoarele sase luni dormind intr-un pat ingust, intr-o cabina ingusta, pe un vapor cu o punte ingusta unde toti abuzeaza de tine, unde muncesti absolut in fiecare zi  si unde fiecare isi vede doar de basca lui.

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Just another normal sleepless night at work

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Cursuri IMO obligatorii 2016 sau jefuirea navigatorilor

Anul 2016 probabil ca este anul jegmanelii la navigatori , anul in care managementul de la Ceronav si ANR se freaca pe maini si asteapta sa vina toti ofiterii sa isi piarda timpul si sa isi lase banii acolo. Si sumele de bani lasate nu sunt deloc neglijabile , de asemenea nici timpul necesar cursurilor , deseori ocupand cam tot “concediul” de la uscat .

Scuza oficiala este modificarea reglementarilor STCW intrate in vigoare anul acesta , modificare care trebuie sa o adopte toate statele ce furnizeaza personal brevetat. Bun, cu asta suntem de acord si nu avem ce face , dar modul Romanesc in care a fost implementat lasa mult de dorit. Conform noului ordin toti trebuie sa faca noul set de cursuri , altfel vor putea naviga doar pana in Decembrie 2016. Haideti sa vedem principalele modificari si cum ne afecteaza pe noi in mod practic ele:

  • – introducere curs obligatoriu HELM: Human behaviour and deck/engine department leadership trough bridge/engine team management – un curs foarte asemanator cu celalt curs Bridge team resource management  , daca nu leit,  in care timp de  5 zile ni se vorbeste despre elementul uman de la bordul navei . Cursul costa aproximativ 1300 de lei , la fel ca si predecesorul lui. Continue reading

Excursie Dobrogea: Enisala , Ibida, Histria

Desi vremea era foarte capricioasa ne-am hotarat Duminica sa plecam la plimbare prin Dobrogea. Vroiam de mult timp sa vad cetatile  antice Enisala si Histria , care spre rusinea mea de Dobrogean nu le vazusem niciodata pana acum. Drumul nu a inceput incurajator , imediat cum am intrat pe drumul spre Tulcea a inceput sa ploua greu , dar din fericire norii pareau sa mearga in Sud , inapoi spre Constanta , astfel ca printr-un noroc incredibil la putin timp dupa ce am intrat in Judetul Tulcea , ploaia aproape ca se oprise.

Prima oprire a fost la Enisala , unde se ajunge foarte usor: se merge pe drumul E87 care leaga Constanta de Tulcea pana in orasul Babadag si de acolo venind dinspre Constanta se face dreapta spre Enisala. Drumul a fost recent renovat si este foarte bun. Dupa ce treceti de satul Enisala uitati-va foarte atent dupa un indicator foarte mic si obscur care indica drumul laturalnic spre cetate…. noi din pacate l-am ratat prima oara. [Citeste mai departe dupa poze]

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Witcher 3 Wild Hunt – PC Game Review

 

Witcher 3 Wild Hunt  , un joc action RPG absolut superb care incheie trilogia. Jocul isi merita toate premiile si exceleaza in toate domeniile , fie ca este vorba de grafica superba , game play axat pe actiune dar mai ales la poveste. Jucatorul intra in pielea lui Geral of Rivia , un Witcher (adica un mercenar ce merge din sat in sat si omoara monstri contra-cost) si povestea continua la scurt timp dupa evenimentele din partea a doua , dar se poate juca lejer si de cei ce nu au avut contact cu seria pana acum. Spre deosebire de jocul anterior , universul jucatorului numai este limitat la mici spatii ,  acum este liber sa cutreiere intr-o lume deschisa, intregul taram , care nu este deloc mic , si sa faca ce questuri vrea , cand vrea. Singura limitare este nivelul jucatorului , unele zone si contracte necesitand un level mare pentru a le putea duce la capat.

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Madrid Spain Review

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Although I had the opportunity to see Spain during my voyages, I always wanted a holiday in this wonderful country so I can trully enjoy it. The small escapades and stays through Barcelona and Valencia were beautiful but too short, so between courses I managed to escape with my girlfriend nine days in the Spanish capital, Madrid. I flew with Wizzair from Bucharest, and the tikets bought a month before costed 100 Euro per person. You will not have problems with Wizzair as long as you respect the limits and conditions stated on their website, especially when it comes to hand luggage allowed on the flight.

We landed late in the country and met our hosts there, which whom I wish to thank you so much for your hospitality, and we went straight to sleep. In the morning we woke up to a beautiful view of  Torrejon de Ardoz suburbia, which is a new neighborhood near Madrid, a quiet neighborhood, planned and executed properly, full of green spaces and parks where it was a pleasure to take a walk. [Read more after photos]

Although the suburb is about 30 kilometers from Madrid, you can easily reach the city using a very good transportation system that consists of suburban trains. The state run train company called Renfe , have a frequency of 15-20 minutes and looks flawless, even the older trains. And in the central areas the trains go underground and cross the whole town, very similar to the RER in Paris. Ticket prices vary depending on how many zones you cross, in our case a ticket costs 2.6 euros per trip, but there are cards with 10 or more trips, that make traveling more advantageous. We got off the train at Atocha station , a huge station, which is the city’s main railway hub with links to all Renfe lines, to the metro and also to the main train station were the AVE high-speed trains to other cities in Spain stop. Basically everything related to public transport looks flawless in Madrid. Mostly it’s all largely new, and is well maintained. [Read more after photos]

From here there is only one more stop to Puerta del Sol, the main tourist square in the historic city center. This square surrounded by old buildings is always full of tourists from all over the world, entertainers and street performers and from here you can walk to all the downtown attractions. We took the pedestrian street of Calle Arenal, where there are many shops with souvenirs, clothes, sweets and especially sausage shops where there are exposed proudly many types of Iberian Jamon. Spaniards have developed a passionate obsession for this slightly smoked meat that is sliced ​​for you directly from the pulp of a whole pig. on This Jamon is quite expensive , but it’s quite good also …. and when I say expensive I mean an indicative price of 100 euros per kilogram. [Read more after photos]

 

Continuing our journey, we arrive at Opera Square following the route and on to the great Royal Palace. The palace is really impressive and serves today as the residence for the royal family of Spain. Near the palace is the great and grand cathedral “de la Almudena”, where the royal family ceremonies take place. This Cathedral which is the largest in Madrid, you can visit for free, but to climb to the dome terrace you will pay a fee of 5 euros. To visit the royal palace nearby the fee is 11 Euro. Also in the area you will find Plaza Mayor, which is a huge pedestrian space enclosed on all 4 sides of a historic buildings, full of cafes and restaurants. My recommendation is to walk along the many narrow streets paralel to the main attractions , which are not only less traveled places  but offer superb views, that normally only locals enjoy. [Read more after photos]

 

The next day we went to the central station Atocha and on to Retiro Park. The main and most famous park of Madrid is simply huge, includes two lakes, a botanical garden, outdoor theater and two art galleries. Here you will find the Palacio de Cristal, which is a small palace made almost entirely of glass, and hosts exhibits (actually hung) bones of all age and sizes. A little further is the second lake, where the monument to Alfonso watchers over. [Read more after photos]

Leaving the park behind , we pass the Puerta de Alcala and glampse the Post Office palace called Palacio de Cibeles, an impressive structure that now houses the City Hall of Madrid. Immediately nextto it starts the Gran Via, where you can admire some of the most beautiful buildings in the “new”, structures from the golden age of imperial Madrid. Here we found many restaurants specializing in seafood and other goodies. A menu can be found here for as low as 15 euros if you search a little. The whole downtown area is filled with underground parking, pedestrian plazas, bicycle paths and the sidewalk here it is holy and usually much wider than roadways. Authorities discourages driving and coming here with your car, and the results are visible. Honestly I do not see why you would do that, given that you have a Metro or a Renfe  station next to you almost everywhere. [Read more after photos]

The day after we dedicated to visiting Santiago Bernabeu stadium. The Spanish turned the house of Real Madrid club into a true international attraction. The tour cost 19 Euro per person but it’s worth it, you get to see everything including all the backstage areas. I admit it’s damn good to sit on the coaches bench near the play field. The Club’s history and achievements are presented in an interactive tour and the galleries which host countless trophies are impressive. A must see for any football fan. [Read more after photos]

The stadium is located in the newest part of town, near the financial center. Going forward we reach the Puerta del Europe. Here you will find two of the most tilted towers in the world, an impressive engineering achievement from any point of view. It would have been nice though to let you go up in one of the two towers but unfortunately are both towers are intended exclusively for commercial use. Right next door is the Cuatro Torres Business Area, a set of four of skyscrapers  that are the tallest buildings on the Iberian peninsula. Although the financial center of Madrid can not compete La Défense in Paris or The City of London it’s still a must see for modern architecture fans. [Read more after photos]

The next two days we were lucky that our hosts had free from work and we all went to check out some medieval tourist towns near the capital. We started with Toledo, a medieval town located 60 kilometers from Madrid , which is simply superb. If you think Sighisoara is beautiful, you really need to see what’s there.  The well preserved city on the hill is included in Unesco heritage, and it is most known for the fact that here started the reconquest of the peninsula by the Christians kings from the Muslims Moors , more than a thousand years ago. The Catholic Cathedral of Toledo combines gothic elements with is Arab elements and it is a delight for the eyes. [Read more after photos]

The next day we went in the opposite direction from Madrid, to Manzanares el Real Castle, one of the many medieval restored castles , which is about the size of Bran castle. From here we went to the winter resort of Navacerrada, but unfortunately the snow was missing completely, being replaced only by the cold and thick fog, so we continued on to the beautiful Segovia. Like Toledo, Segovia is part of Unesco and is a city developed by the Romans. The tall aqueduct built by them still watches over the city and today is one of the main attractions, as well as the Catholic cathedral built later during the Christian reconquest of the peninsula. I must admit that these medieval cities were my favorite part of the holiday and I can only imagine how it would look if our castles and medieval cities in Romania were properly restored. Here almost everywhere in the medieval cities, the car traffic is severely restricted or banned. Tourists who choose to come by car leave their car outside the city walls, or in one of underground parking under the city.[Read more after photos]

Likewise, in Madrid, it seems that the real achievements of the city are those that are not seen: everywhere near the main sights, the car traffic and parking spaces were moved underground without any problem. Besides the city river embankment, all car traffic that used to run along parallel to the river, was buried under the river with great effort, resulting in some large open spaces, meant for pedestrians, more details here.  No negative remarks regarding the countries  motorways either. Spain, which in the 90s was not too far from Romania, has today the most kilometers of motorway in Europe, most of them built on EU money, and most of them intersect in Madrid. The GPS was holy here. [Read more after photos]

On the last day we visited the amusement park “Parque de Atracciones de Madrid”, though it was not all open due to the season, and although it was raining that day , it still attracted quite a few customers. Here we found some of the coolest roller coasters, but the park has also attractions for the whole family and for all ages. I also recommend going to a Flamenco show, prices are quite steep but it’s worth every Euro for the performance. [Read more after photos]

In conclusion, Spain is a very beautiful country, where the people don’t seem to be bothered that there is a financial crisis and other stuff and rather prefer to keep going with their way of life and work, with their afternoon siesta breaks. They didn’t build or creat something amazing but simply did what it was supposed to be done and in the proper time , and they done a darn good job also. Well worth the trip.

Hope you enjoyed this article , and you can check out another travel article below.  Also check out my Fb page GarciaCalavera.ro and give a Like there if you like what you see.

Check out other trips : Doua zile in Jacksonville USAParalia – Grecia cu masinaBrasov 12.2014Buzau quick stopLepsa & Vrancea countyChisinauNesebarBucharest weekends 2014 , Busan40 de zile in Cluj NapocaHunedoara CastleSingapore 2013Brasov 02.2014 , Istanbul 01.2014 , Cluj Napoca 08.2013 , Sibiu 07.2013San Pedro , Bucharest 2013 , Varna 2012 , Los Angeles 2012 , Budapest & Viena , Salerno , Cluj Napoca 2012 , Firenze , Brasov 02.2012 , Amsterdam , Antofagasta , Valencia , Lima , Bremen , Istanbul 2009 , Valletta , San Juan , Barcelona , Singapore 2010 , Los Angeles 2010 , Transilvania road trip , La Spezia , Bosphor by ship , Sydney , Melbourne , AucklandSan FranciscoTauranga

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 :  KarachiGuayaquil  , Lagos

Madrid Spania Review

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Desi am avut ocazia sa vad Spania in timpul voiajelor , imi doream de mult o vacanta in aceasta tara minunata ca sa o pot savura cum trebuie. Micile sederi si escapade prin Barcelona si Valencia au fost frumoase dar prea scurte , asa ca intre pauzele dintre cursuri am reusit sa evadez cu iubita 9 zile in capitala Spaniei, Madrid. Am zburat cu Wizzair din Bucuresti , si biletele luate cu o luna inainte au fost 100 de Euro de persoana. Cu Wizzair nu veti avea probleme atata timp cat respectati la litera limitele si conditiile companiei , mai ales cand e vorba de bagajele de mana admise pe zbor.

Am aterizat tarziu in tara si la gazdele noastre de acolo , carora doresc sa le multumesc din suflet pentru ospitalitate, si ne-am bagat direct la somn. Dimineata ne-am trezit cu o priveliste frumoasa a suburbiei Torrejon de Ardoz , care este un cartier nou de langa Madrid, un cartier linistit planificat si executat asa cum trebuie , plin de spatii verzi si parcuri unde Continue reading

Vizita medicala – o surpriza placuta

Dupa ani de zile de suportat cozi interminabile , mizeria si scarba angajatilor de la faimoasa policlina de stat CFR, marinarii si toti care lucreaza in domeniul transportului au acum posibilitatea de a face vizita medicala obligatorie pentru medicina muncii la clinici private. Pretul este aproximativ la fel ca la stat dar conditiile sunt cosiderabil mai bune. Dupa vizitele medicale foarte neplacute din trecut cand te loveai cu situatii ca asta sau asta …. sau asta am fost la recomandarea unui coleg navigator la clinica Cermed.   Inca de la inceput am ramas cu o impresie placuta , clinica a cumparat lotul alaturat si l-a golit pentru a avea parcare destinata clientilor. Se vine de dimineata nemancat pentru recoltarea de sange si urina si imediat cum intri cineva te ia in primire , iti da o fisa de completat si in maxim de 30 minute esti gata de plecare. Pentru partea a doua a vizitei , respectiv examenul psihologic si cabinetele care se efectueaza dupa colectarea rezultatelor de la analizele de Continue reading

Legea Fumatului Romania – o gluma proasta

Gata, s-a publicat in Monitorul Oficial legea care interzice fumatul in spatiile publice inchise din Romania si urmeaza o perioada de acomodare pana pe 15 martie. Dupa va fi total interzis fumatul in orice spatiu public inchis. Suna bine nu? Romania in sfarsit se aliniaza cu restul tarilor civilizate din Europa si interzice cetatenilor sai si ultima placere care o avea omul cand iesea la o carciuma in oras. Si legea nu se aplica doar la carciumi dar si la baruri , restaurante , locul de munca , spitale , dar si daca esti afara in orice spatiu semi inchis. Aici si-a pus si Romanul atingerea lui magica si a definit acest spatiu  ca orice spatiu care este
incadrat de 2 pereti permanenti sau temporari :  asta include si garduletul care iti tine paravan de vant la terasa , si gluma aia de statie acoperita de autobuz.
De aici rezulta unele lucruri bune , care in teorie o sa iti ajute sanatatii tale dar in practica pentru ca traim in Romania o sa iasa un mare rahat si tu de fapt o sa suferi si mai mult din orice punct de vedere. Am participat la o dezbatere pe Fb si am auzit cele mai idioate argumente posibile dar si pareri rationale. Bazate pe acestea haideti sa vedem cum iti imaginezi tu ca o sa fie dupa 15 martie si cum e de fapt in realitate: Continue reading

Jacksonville USA – two days visit

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     Jacksonville , the port city from which I started my last ship contract,  represents the American style in all its splendor, specific to the conservative South. The flight to get there was very long, and although we missed our last connection in JFK Airport in New York due to the long ques and long VISA , ID and security checks in the airport, it was no stress: our ship was running late
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Jacksonville USA – doua zile de vis

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Jacksonville , orasul port din care m-am imbarcat in penultimul voiaj , reprezinta stilul american in toata splendoarea lui specifica Sudului conservator de care apartine. Zborul pana acolo a fost unul lung , si desi nu am prins ultima legatura la aeroportul JFK din New York datorita procesului lung de verificare a actelor si scopului vizitei la autoritatile americane , nu a fost nici o problema , nava fiind oricum in intarziere. Datorita unor circumstante favorabile mie …si mai putin favorabile celor de la vapor , am prins 3 nopti cazare la Jacksonville , timp in care am explorat si fotografiat cat mai mult din oras.

Ce sare in ochi la prima vedere cum iesi din aeroport , este ca e plin de masini Pick-up uriase peste tot. Agentul care m-a luat conducea o Toyota Tundra care in orice oras de stil European ar fi ocupat lejer 2

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