Recalificare profesionala Navigatori – ce poti face la uscat daca te lasi?

[Professional conversion for Seafarers – What can you don on the shore?]

Orice navigator s-a gandit macar odata in cariera lui sa se lase de navigat dar multi au fost descurajati de perspectivele sumbre de angajare la uscat, in special in Romania. Pentru navigatori o recalificare profesionala este o provocare mult mai mare decat pentru altii, pentru ca nu iti schimbi doar serviciul ci si tot stilul de viata.

E foarte usor sa te gandesti in timpul contractului la toti muncitorii din port pe care ii intalnesti, la faptul ca ei se duc acasa cand isi termina tura si dorm in patul lor alaturi de familie, in timp ce tu te duci 2 punti mai sus intr-o cabina mica unde trebuie sa te odihnesti pe fuga pentru ca trebuie sa fii inapoi pe punte dupa 6 ore, punte pe care mai ai de petrecut 4-5 luni pana o sa apuci sa iti vezi casa ta si familia. Pentru unii realizarea a fost chiar si in timpul primului contract de cadetie pe mare. Imi amintesc clar un cadet la bord care a decis dupa dupa 5 luni la bord ca asta nu e viata care si-o doreste si ca nu se va mai intoarce vreodata. Am tinut legatura cu el si baiatul s-a tinut de cuvant. La altii a durat mai mult sau mai putin, eu am fost mai persistent si dupa ce am incercat la diferite companii si pe diferite tipuri de nave am luat decizia explicata in articolul “Dupa sase ani pe mare” ca asta nu e o viata buna de care sa te tii.

Perspectivele la uscat pentru un navigator depind foarte mult rangul care l-ai avut la vapor si cati ani de navigat ai, depinde foarte mult de departamentul la care ai fost (punte sau masina) si mai ales de tipul de nava pe care esti experimentat. De asemenea depinde de ce limbi straine vorbesti, majoritea joburilor bine platite necesita un nivel foarte bun de Engleza, dar in functie de locatia job-ului se poate cere si Germana, Franceza, Olandeza etc. 

Lozul castigator se pare ca l-au tras Inginerii ofiteri mecanici si electricienii. Spre dezamagirea mea am descoperit ca majoritatea joburilor  bine platite la uscat din domeniul maritim sunt valabile celor cu experienta de Chief Engineer sau Second Engineer. Posibilitatile de transfer la uscat pentru cei cu brevet de ofiter punte sunt mult mai restranse. E in special valabil pentru cei fara experienta de Master sau Chief Officer. Pentru cei din urma  lucrurile stau un pic mai bine, dar nu cu mult….

Va zic de acum ca orice job cu salariul asemanator celui de la nava se gaseste doar afara, in Romania chiar si la firmele mari salariile sunt mult inferioare fata de ai lua afara pe un job similar. (banuiesc ca nu are rost sa pomenesc si de pilele necesare ca sa prinzi un asemenea job in tara).

Pentru electricieni nu are rost sa enumar ce job-uri am gasit, e de ajuns sa zic ca orice santier naval sau fabrica de echipamente in domeniul maritim cauta personal calificat cu experienta pe mare.

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TOP 10 MOST BEAUTIFUL AND AUTHENTIC CITIES IN EUROPE TO VISIT

After visiting a large part of Europe, I present you my top 10 of the most beautiful cities that have left a memorable impression. The top is composed only of the cities I visited, I’m sure there are other beautiful cities out there that I have not yet had the chance to visit. For these I’m waiting for your suggestions in the comments section. We have included only the cities that have preserved their character and authentic beauty, not including those who have sacrificed their personality just for the sake of tourism (I can give Venice as an example of this)

10 Paris – France

I wasn’t sure if this city deserves to be included in the top because it can also easily be included in the list of the most overrated cities to visit and depending on the area you stay, it can also be included in the list of the most dangerous cities to visit. In principle, the French capital lives on the laurels of the past, but although the city of lights doesn’t shine so bright as it used to, it is still quite bright and appealing. The central area that you see as a tourist is still very beautiful and an example of urban planning to be looked up to. Also, the city offers a very large concentration of attractions that will keep you busy for at least a week, so it’s always a safe bet for a successful holiday. Protests, strikes and locals who do not speak English and who do not stand criticism towards their city or their country, all make sure you get a really authentic experience.

9 Valletta – Malta

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Top 10 cele mai frumoase si autentice orase de vizitat in Europa

[Top 10 most beautiful and authentic cities in Europe English version]

Dupa ce am vizitat o bucata mare din Europa, am sa va prezint un top al celor mai frumoase orase care mi-au lasat o impresie memorabila. Topul este compus doar din cele vizitate, sunt sigur ca sunt si alte orase frumoase unde nu am apucat sa ajung, pentru acestea va astept cu sugestii in sectiunea de comentarii. Am inclus in top doar orasele care si-au pastrat caracterul si frumusetea autentica si nu am inclus pe cele spoite sau pe cele care si-au sacrificat personalitatea pentru a da bine la turisti (va pot da exemplu Venetia aici)

10 Paris – Franta

Nu eram sigur daca orasul merita inclus in acest top datorita faptului ca poate fi lejer inclus in topul celor mai supra evaluate orase de vizitat si in functie de zona in care esti acolo, poate fi lejer inclus si in topul celor mai periculoase orase de vizitat. In principiu capitala Franceza cam traieste pe laurii trecutului dar desi orasul luminilor numai straluceste atat de tare, este in continuare destul de sclipitor si atragator. Zona centrala pe care o vezi ca turist este in continuare foarte frumoasa si un exemplu de urbanistica demna de urmat. De asemenea orasul ofera o concentratie foarte mare de atractii care iti ocupa lejer o saptamana, asa ca este intotdeauna un pariu sigur pentru o vacanta reusita. Protestele, grevele si localnicii care nu vorbesc engleza si care nu suporta critici la adresa orasului si a tarii lor se asigura ca vei primi o experienta cu adevarat autentica.

9 Valletta – Malta

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Why Romanians are still mourning the communist regime after 29 years?

Every year during the winter holidays we see articles about communism and the death of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu who was shot for treason on Christmas day 25 December 1989. If I look at the comments, I see every time the same quarrels are born between 2 camps. The first is comprised of those who remember the famine, the secret police, travel restrictions, absolute government control, invasion of personal life, control of the press and the restriction of freedom of speech, rationing of food, gas, electricity and heating… . and on the side we have the group of people that does not remember any of these things, but just remembers simpler times when you had the security of the day of tomorrow (even if it was a bad and bitter day).

As far as I noticed young people and generally those that are educated, traveled and had contact with the outside world, they are part of the first group. In the second group we tend to find some middle aged and a large part of the elderly part of the population. They are the nostalgic who have worked their whole life at the factory and enjoyed the benefits of the early years of communism when the country was growing. For them, the last harsh period (1980-1989) of Communism did not mean much, and the period after it brought only destruction, inflation, pension cuts and they saw their entire working life reduced to a few Lei (National Currency units). They obviously have no interest in traveling outside, or in getting to know the world outside of Romania. They voted for most of their life the Communist Party, and now it’s seems only natural for them to vote for the red socialist party PSD which is largely comprised of the same people that were in charge during communist times. Unfortunately they are locked in a loophole of promises that their pension will increase and lured in by speeches that they and their work are still respected by someone in the country. Lately more and more young people tend to join this group. They are part of the group of young people disappointed with the current democracy in Romania. These people, generally found in rural areas are not well educated or exposed to the outside world, and are the kind of people who do not want to struggle too much in life to get things done. For them a system where you get offered a home and a job on a silver platter in exchange for personal sacrifices of liberties sound pretty good.

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De ce Romanii inca plang dupa comunism dupa 29 de ani?

Why Romanians are still mourning the communist regime after 29 years?

In fiecare an in perioada sarbatorilor de iarna vedem articole despre comunism si moartea dictatorului Nicolae Ceausescu. Daca ma uit la comentarii de fiecare data se nasc aceleasi certuri intre tabara care isi aminteste de foamete, securitate, restrictii de calatorie, control absolut, imvaziune asupra vietii personale, asupra presei si asupra libertatii de exprimare , ratii de macare, curent si caldura…. si tabara care nu isi aminteste deloc aceste chestii, ci doar isi amintesc vremuri simple cand aveai siguranta zilei de maine (fie ea una rea si amarata).

Din cate am observat tinerii si in general oamenii cu capul pe umeri, educati si umblati prin lume fac parte din prima categorie, iar cei de varsta a doua tarzie si mai ales a treia sunt nostalgicii care au muncit o viata intreaga la uzina si s-au bucurat de beneficiile primilor ani ai comunismului cand tara era in crestere. Pentru ei ultima perioada (80-89) din comunism nu a insemnat mare lucru, iar perioada de dupa a insemnat doar distrugere ,inflatie, micsorare a pensiilor si si-au vazut o viata intreaga de munca redusa la cativa lei. Ei evident nu au interes sa calatoreasca afara, sau sa cunoasca lumea exterioara Romaniei. Au votat o viata intreaga rosu PCR, si acum li se pare doar normal si natural sa voteze tot rosu PSD fiind blocati in bucla promisiunii ca pensia lor li se va mari si ca ei si munca lor inca e respectata de cineva in tara. Tot mai mult isi face prezenta in aceasta tabara si o categorie de tineri dezamagiti de actuala democratie din Romania. Acesti oameni, in general nu prea educati sau umblati, sunt genul de oameni care nu vor sa isi bata capul prea mult sa obtina chestii in viata, si pentru ei un sistem in care ti se ofera pe tava casa si loc de munca in schimbul la sacrificii personale suna bine.

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Romania road trip across the country

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It was the summer of 2017 and the weather was perfect for a Romania road trip. We decided to take advantage of our last vacation days and the available accommodation vouchers, so we jumped in the car and went roaming across Romania for a week. Our tour started at the “Danube Boilers”, stopping along the way at Orsova, Dubova, Timisoara, Deva, Hunedoara, Alba Iulia, Sovata, Praid, Sighisoara, Brasov and via Transfagarasan back to Constanta. As usual, the trip was planned on short notice and the accommodation was chosen from what was available through a travel agency.

Day 1: We hit the roads of our motherland, where, as I have mentioned in the previous article Road trip to Budapest, the experience can be excruciating and you will spend a lot of hours stuck in traffic on narrow 2 lanes national roads. From Constanta to Orsova we chose the route via Bucharest – Pitesti – Rm. Valcea with a stopover at Targul Jiu to see the sculptures of Constantin Brancusi. As soon as you exit A1 motorway in Pitesti, the ordeal starts and doesn’t stop until Timisoara when we return on the A1. Lately on the good roads of Romania we found loose gravel that is not compressed by the special machines, but rather by cars in open traffic, the kind of gravel that shreds your hood and your windshield in a million pieces  – WHAT THE FUCK?! The incident appeared on national news , hundreds of drivers got their cars damaged in the process and nobody was held accountable.

We chose to stop at Targul Jiu specially to see the sculptures of the well known sculptor Constantin Brancusi. The first unpleasant surprise we had was when we were driving to Brancusi Park but along the way we elegantly  drove past the Infinity Column. The column is in separate park on the opposite side of the city from the other representative sculptures , the Kiss Gate and the Table of Silence of the famous sculptor. Once in the park, after seeing the Kiss Gate and the Table of Silence, I left within half an hour because there is simply nothing else to do there. I can say that it is not worth the go out of your way just for this and the sculptures themselves are rather… unattractive. Brancusi’s works are not highlighted, and the only information that they actually belong to Constantin Brancusi are found on a small portable billboard in the park, you know the type of billboard you normally see in front on the terraces showing the daily menu. The Romanian authorities should take a visit to Brancusi’s workshop museum in Paris to get an idea on ​​how to display such a national value.

We go further on to Orsova and to the Danube Boilers. Orsova is one of the most beautiful cities we have seen on our side of the Danube, the river promenade that stretches all along the city is an absolute pleasure to walk, but the real star in the area, besides the superb scenery, is the recently renovated road that cuts the gorge of the Continue reading “Romania road trip across the country”

Cum sa faci PACS in Franta / How to get PACS in France

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PACS sau Pacte civil de solidarité , este un contract de concubinaj , care ofera avantajele unui cuplu casatorit dar cu mai putine obligatii. Aparut initial la cererea cuplurilor gay de a se putea declara ca o unitate familiala , a devenit foarte rapid popular in randul cuplurilor hetero dar si o metoda populara folosita de imigranti si refugiati de a obtine viza sau permis de rezidenta.

In Franta exista o tactica bine gandita si subtila de a incuraja mariajul si de a pedepsi pe tinerii celibatari , indiferent de orientarea lor sexuala. Daca esti injur de 30 de ani si inca esti singur , esti predispus la privare de beneficii sociale si profesionale , esti predispus sa platesti taxe si impozite mult mai mari la stat (celibatarul plateste si 30% taxa pe venit fata de 14% cel aflat in cuplu) si la orice banca vei avea sanse mai mici de a lua un credit daca esti celibatar asa ca multi tineri aleg varianta de compromis facand un contract PACS.

Procedura seamana foarte mult cu mariajul , daca nu e identica , si pentru ca suntem in Franta , bineinteles ca e complicata si implica multa birocratie. Desi ea practic dureaza 5 minute cat sa semnezi niste hartii , pentru a ajunge acolo , dureaza luni bune. La baza e siteul Continue reading “Cum sa faci PACS in Franta / How to get PACS in France”

First 48 days as expat in Marseille

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One and a half months ago, I was packing my baggage to go to the airport again, only this time I was not leaving to board a ship for 5 months, but to a new job and a new life. I explained in great detail why I wanted to quit sailing in the much controversial and popular own article “After six years at sea”, so after the last voyage I made the final decision to look for something to work on land. I have ill spoken a lot about our country Romania (and for good reasons considering that people are working for 300-400 EUR / month and the government is ripping you off on absolutely every step of the way!) and I have seen too many beautiful and civilized places in this world during my voyages to ever settle there, so the only option left for me was to become an expat and luck had it to be in Marseille.

Most of my  CVs were sent in English-speaking countries, especially in the UK, but since the whole Brexit phenomenon, most companies  have been reluctant to hire East Europeans. Fate decided that the lucky interview would land me in Marseille, France, a city of which I did not know much about , in a country whose language I ​​vaguely understand and speak. It was this or other positions somewhere in South Africa or Mexico so guess what I chose.

I only had sea experience on my resume so the only way to make the transition to land was to remain in the maritime business. I will not say the name of the

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Tales of the past: unique photos from Constanta Park 1991

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In my previous article about the Lost train line in the Park , I made a call out to all my readers asking for old scanned photos of the park and of the miniature train.  A few days ago Mr. Ray Wilkinson from Halifax contacted me. He was in vacation in Constanta, Romania in 1991, a short period just after the anti communist revolution and luckily he made coloured photos that he was kind enough to share. As a tourist he described his experience as beeing “real” , enjoyed the train ride and mentioned that in the post-revolutionary Constanta of 1991 there was still chaos and disarray (which sadly still is today after 28 years), but everyone was being friendly and tried to show them a good time.

I am sure that the young people of today that fill up the “City Park Mall” which is built on the spot where the first pic is taken, have no idea how the place looked like before.  Unfortunately the people of Constanta just don’t care that this park is gone, a clear evidence of this is the very small number of people that came to protest against the building of the shopping mall when they started the construction site.  At least we still got the photos and our memories, for the others all I can say is: Enjoy your shopping in the recently extended shopping mall!

Constanta Park

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Tales of the past: poze inedite din Constanta cu trenuletul si parcul in 1991

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In articolul trecut despre Trenuletul din parcul Tabacariei ce numai exista astazi am facut un apel la cititori care au poze vechi scanate cu parcul si trenuletul. Acum cateva zile m-a contactat Domnul Ray Wilkinson din Halifax care a fost in vacanta in Romania in 1991, la scurt timp dupa revolutie si care din fericire a facut si poze cu film color.  Pozele lui sunt o adevarata mina de aur si ii multumesc pentru faptul ca le-a impartasit. Turistul strain mi-a povestit ca a avut parte de o experienta “reala” , i-a placut plimbarea cu trenuletul in vara lui 1991 , in Constanta de dupa revolutie inca era dezorganizare (din pacate nimic nu s-a schimbat dupa 28 de ani, inca e si acum) , lacul Tabacariei era mirositor dar toata lumea era foarte prietenoasa si incercau sa le creeze turistilor o atmosfera placuta.

Sunt sigur ca tinerii care umplu astazi City Park Mall nu stiu cum arata acolo parcul inainte sa se construiasca abuziv peste el si din pacate la majoritatea Constantenilor pur si simplu nu le pasa ca a disparut acest parc, dovada clara la indiferenta lor fiind numarul extrem de mic de participanti la protestul din parc cand s-a inceput organizarea santierului (sau la orice alt protest daca tot vine vorba). Macar am ramas cu pozele si cateva amintiri , in rest plimbare placuta prin mall-ul extins recent!

Constanta Parc Tabacarie

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