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Everybody asks: “Where are you from?”

This question is hard to answer for me.

I was born in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania.

I moved to China when I was 22. Mostly out of curiosity. I did not know anything about China, except warnings from friends that people over there “eat dogs”.

After more than 4 years in Beijing, I left the city of smog on my bicycle to travel Asia.

One year later I decided to settle in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

After one year in Java, I bought an old farm house back in Romania, in the beautiful Banat Highlands. Lived there for 6 years, cutting wood to heat myself in the winter and getting online with a satellite connection.

While this lifestyle was amazing, I decided life is too short to waste it burning wood, so I decided to travel to Bali for the winters.

But then 2020 happened and my plan to spend 2 months in Bali turned into one year.

I am mostly location-independent, but I like to stay in one place for a long time. I don’t like the concept of “digital nomad”.

So, where I am from? Romania, China, Java, Bali, and countless other places that have influenced me over time.