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2008 – A year of consolidation @Aventura Parc

2008 was the year when « Aventura Parc » really took off. We confirmed the positive trends of the precedent year. We succeeded in attracting schools, kindergartens, and companies. Tens of parties were held in the facility, most of them team building events. We invested the money buying an above-ground swimming pool, a must-have attraction considering the high temperatures we had back at this time 😉

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some humans in New York…

A couple of weeks ago we had the chance to go to NYC for a few days. Well, everything has already been written about the “big apple” and frankly we were impressed as all tourists coming by are when they see all the skyscrapers, museums and the “melting pot” of all colors and cultures present in the streets and avenues. Continue reading some humans in New York…

I love my wife!

LOVE ANNIVERSARY – When I turned on my computer today, I was wondering what to write about on this blog… I knew it is a special day for my wife and I but, as usual, I wanted to keep it “quiet” and discreet on our 21st wedding day anniversary: go together to a restaurant, eat something good, mostly just looking in each other’s eyes and contemplating “solid” and true love… Continue reading I love my wife!

Building our home in Bucharest #2

As I was telling you in a first post, we left our new-bought-house in Bucharest almost untouched for one year: from time to time we went there in order to make some measurements and figure out what we wanted to do with our new property.

We wanted to move in because of the constant tensions with my parents-in-law, but regarding the state of the windows and insulation and the structure itself (it was built during the fifties) the house needed some major improvements. But what exactly did we want? How would the works cost? What was the local legislation? What were the steps to make? Continue reading Building our home in Bucharest #2

Building our home in Bucharest #1

Building your home – a house – is a big achievement in life: you have to struggle in order to push your organizational and financial boundaries. You find yourself entangled in legal problems you never thought about… It is a long story!

Anyway, as almost every story we started in our existence, the first move was an emotional one, a strong “emotion” that put everything “in motion”… Continue reading Building our home in Bucharest #1

why to “Google Sketchup” ideas…

While working at “Aventura Parc”, we had to hire students and train them in order to become teammates. Before that, we had to carefully read their resumes and interview them.

This interview was the first and most important test, as the candidates had to first find the adventure park 🙂 The very fact that they were present was the proof that they took the time to find us on internet and the roadmap there. After that, it was also the proof that they were interested in the job. Continue reading why to “Google Sketchup” ideas…

Learning autonomy…

PARENTING – Being a parent is one of the trickiest and hardest jobs in the world. Because it lasts for life, because you have to change and adapt as long as your child is growing, because you will certainly fail on some issues, no matter how hard you try to keep up with the ever changing parameters. And mostly because there is no “user’s manual” 🙂 Continue reading Learning autonomy…

Ireland… such a beautiful living fairy tale

As for the time being we traveled around Asia, we thought about making a little European trip, where there are plenty of spots to visit.
Even if the required budget is higher in order to visit a European country than an Asiatic one, there are a few tips and tricks in order to save money 🙂 and keep up with your savings. Continue reading Ireland… such a beautiful living fairy tale

2007 – the year of the “premieres” @Aventura Parc

The year 2007 was really important to us because it was truly the first year (or year #1) of our activity (2006 being the “zero” year because it was the year of the building of the park and we did not succeed in attracting many customers to Lucianca 😦 ), the year of almost all of our “premieres”: first offer requests for the building of adventure parks, first wave of teammates and employees, first big events with many children or adults in the same time. And we managed during this year to create a structured and organized offer, after many trials and errors, many advices from our customers 😀 Continue reading 2007 – the year of the “premieres” @Aventura Parc

2006 – the adventure park inauguration

At last, after months and months of sustained efforts, we made our grand opening at “Aventura Parc” on 2006, July 14th.

It was the French national day, but this coincidence did not give us any luck as only one journalist used the coach we hired in order to transport all our guests to the forest. The remaining of the invited people arrived by car. Continue reading 2006 – the adventure park inauguration

Journey through China

Some years ago we went to China and were able to get a first glimpse of the Middle Kingdom. It is not the most beautiful country we have visited (we will talk about this one later because it is not well known and relatively seldom mentioned by mass tourism), but it is obviously the most surprising… among the forty lands we saw until now.

We had a wrong impression about China, as many Europeans have so far… We thought it was a communist country and, taking into account that Cristina lived in a communist country, we had prejudices and unclear opinions. Continue reading Journey through China

2006 – building the adventure park

2006, the « zero year » for Aventura Parc: we had to build everything in order to transform the « native forest » into a welcoming place with a minimum of facilities for our guests AND implement the concept of « adventure park » for the first time in Romania! Continue reading 2006 – building the adventure park

2006 – Wake up to reality…

This winter was the first we met the crude reality of wood theft, a reality which is sadly at an undustrial scale in Romania.  Actually we began the year this way, on a cold 2006 january morning, by stating that several trees had been cut : almost a quarter of all the forest we bought a few months before… You will see on the photos below that there were marked trails for the thieves’ carts… Continue reading 2006 – Wake up to reality…

Good deal in Bali: the Warung Padang Kecag restaurant

One of the good deals you can make when you travel on the amazing Bali island is to come and eat at the  “Warung Padang Kecag” restaurant. Located in Candidasa, the couple of owners is extremely sympathetic. (…)

(…) the “added value”, and the ladies will surely appreciate, is that you can make purchases with the help of the spouse in the small shop close to the tables, while the husband is cooking some awesome meals in the kitchen.
Yummy  🙂 !

Some links to find them :

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g608484-d4467419-r180920788-Warung_Padang_Kecag-Karangasem_Bali.html

and their Facebook page :

https://www.facebook.com/warung.padangkecag?fref=ts

Stay tuned because we will surely talk about them in the future on this blog 🙂