From Tourist to Local

Odessa Toma Interview

Our campaign From Tourist to Local came to an end. Odessa Toma Interview is the last article. Enjoy reading another beautiful and inspiring story from a tourist who became a local. Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.A., Odessa Toma is a full time mom (a domestic engineer) for her 3 kids. Now, she’s staying in Beștepe, Romania, near Danube Delta. Odessa Toma Interview: 1.      When and how was your first ...

Peter Hurley Interview

After the story of Maria that we've talked about in our last article, comes the story of Peter Hurley. He has an interesting story, like the journey on foot taken from Sapanta, Maramures to Village Museum Bucharest. A journey of 754 km which lasted 26 days.   Born in Dublin, Ireland, Peter Hurley is living in Romania for 21 years, almost half of his life. For the last 6 years is on a self-appointed project ...

Maria Alvarez interview

In our last article from Tourist to Local Campaign you've let you find out what Michael thought about Romania and how he feels staying here, running a business in the Little Paris. Today we share with you what you've talked with Maria Alvarez, what she told us about the places she loves from Romania.   Coming from Spain, Gijón, Maria Alvarez is working full time as a teacher at the Letters Faculty at ...

Michael Fraser interview

Last week, Duncan shared his funny experience from Romania. This week we'll discover the story of Michael Fraser .   Michael Fraser was born in Belgium to a Military Scottish Father and English Mother, now only having a British passport. Spent his young life in Germany and studied from 11-18 years old in Loughborough – England. At the age of 32 he is running and co-owning a 3 level pub/club & pub ...

Duncan Ridgley interview

Last week, Yvette told us what she really loves about Romania. This week we'll discover the story of Duncan Ridgley.   Best known as a paparazzo and news photographer for Sun newspaper, he is the owner of the Village Hotel and photographer for photographytoursromania.com. At the age of 40 he took his three young children out of school and went off traveling for 4 months and bought some land near Bran Castle. ...

Yvette Larsson interview

Last week you've met Damian Galvin, and today you'll discover how Yvette Larsson got to Romania after 26 years since her first visit.   Born in 1972, in Gällivare, Lapland, Sweden, 100 km north of the Arctic Circle, Yvette Larsson is a Swedish teacher and the founder of The Bucharest Lounge community where she rebrands Romania, and the OneItem collection of donations initiative for the community in ...

Damian Galvin interview

As we said in our last article, this week you'll find out the story about Damian's experience in Romania. He's the first person who said yes to our interview for the project "From Tourist to Local". Originally educated & trained as a professional chartered Engineer, back in the days, at Aston Martin, Jaguar & Ford, now he is the owner of the White Mountain Property. At the age of 37, he came to do a week of charity ...

Living in Romania: From Tourist to Local

Romania, a country like no other, a country of contradictions, a country that gathered along the years beautiful people to show its wonders. Towering castles, ancient abbeys and walled villages make history come alive in Romania. That’s maybe, only one reason why foreigners come here. In the next few weeks, you’ll discover the stories and the people that in a moment in their life decided that Romania is the ...