Interview with Jonny Blair from Don’t stop living
This week we you’ll find out the story about Jonny’s experience in Romania. He’s the fourth person who said yes to our interview for the project “Travel Blogger In Romania”.
Born in Northern Ireland, Jonny Blair is the author of Don’t stop living for almost 9 years. He visited Romania for 3 weeks and blog about it. We are so excited to see what he said, so let’s get started:
1. How long have you been traveling?
Hard question to answer and depends on what way you look at it. First trip without my parents was in 1991 so 24 years. First lived abroad in 2003 so 12 years. First visited all 7 continents in 2010 and still on the move as we speak. In general I’ve travelled for most of my adult life.
2. Are you a backpacker/long term traveler/business traveler/live and work abroad?
I’m all of those. I have backpacked for months on end, I have been a long term traveller for a while. I have also travelled with work on many ocassions and have lived and worked abroad in quite a few places.
3. How many countries have you been to?
Again, it’s up for debate. Officially I’ve visited 108, though if you count disputed countries and regions, it would be 121.
4. Quick fire questions:
Favorite season? – Football season
Beach or mountain? – Beach
Urban or rural? – Urban
Next destination on your list? – Yorkshire, Manchester and Gloucester in England and also the unknown Empire of Adammia
5. How did Romania finds its way to your list of destinations?
I got a cheap flight to Bucharest and was also there for football.
6. Expectation Vs Realityin Romania.
It exceeded my expectations. I stayed for 3 weeks, originally planned just a week there.
7. How was your experience with the traditional Romanian food?
I loved it.
8. How did Romanian people seem to you?
The girls are especially friendly. The guys take a bit more effort to talk to and there are some odd guys there, but overall, I have lots of time for Romanians.
9. Regarding this, did you make any friendsin Romania? Do you keep in touch with anybody from Romania?
Yes, I made lots of friends there in Brasov and Bucharest. I was in the north too, but didn’t keep touch with the people I met there. It was very fast.
10. Do you have any funny travel stories from Romania?
Yes, I always have funny stories! I partied with a tour company on the train from Chisinau to Bucharest, it was crazy night train and didn’t sleep. I had a few pub crawls in Bucharest and Brasov. I got naked at the hill at the top of Brasov, admiring the view in peace.
11. Did you convince anyone to travel to Romania?
Yes, two friends of mine also visited.
12. Which is the less pleasant experience in Romania?
Perhaps just the tramps on the streets and too many dogs on the streets in some parts of it!
13. Could you live in Romania?
Yes, I could easily live there.
14. Do you have any pieces of advice or tips for aspiring travelers?
Head to the north of Romania and tour Sucevita, Suceava, Cacica, Marginea and Moldovita. It’s marvellous. Stay in the old town of Bucharest. It was fantastic.
Do you believe in vampires?
Yes, I do. I’m from Northern Ireland and I believe Bram Stoker was Irish, so we’ll go along with what he wrote.