Why I became tourist guide? It's not just about the money. It's about being happy doing what I love.
I came in Sibiu/ Transylvania 18 years ago, from a small city in Wallachia, for my studies. Since then I have fallen irremediably in love with this beautiful land. I discovered Transylvania step by step, inch by inch and corner by corner. Every visit I made in the cities and the villages of Transylvania was an immersion in their rich history, and that made me learn more and more about the people, their stories and the facts behind them. With a background in finance and banking, I wanted to combine my passions and interests (revolving around history, cuisine, nature) into a profession. So, I became a certified tourist guide, after graduating the tourism school 8 years ago. What was initially a hobby, turned into a part-time job, and slowly it became my main occupation. Couldn't be more happier and accomplished, doing what I love, showing my beautiful country to my guests but also travelling the world, without leaving Romania, through the eyes of my foreign tourists.
Common sense: We are doing our best to deliver the best customer experience. But beyond that ( as customer experience sounds too much like a corporate term)
all our activities are driven by common sense; which I think should be the starting point of every human interaction.
Empathy: our guests are very different; we try to adapt our conduct depending on our guest's culture, personality and country of origin. And this would be impossible without the necessary dose of empathy, which every human being should have.
Tolerance and balance: mentioned that our guests are so different. We respect all our visitors' beliefs and practices, as long they aren't radical and harmful to others.
Good listener: even though a tour guide should be more a talker than a listener, our approach is always customised. We can't know what are our guest interests if we don't listen to them, in an active mode. And yes, I have to admit that we are naturally very curious to find out more about our guests' culture, beliefs and general views.
I love the mountain and from this point of view you can consider me lucky. Sibiu, my home town, is surrounded by the Carpathians, and it takes just
a few minutes to reach their foothills by car or bicycle.
So, I usually spend my summer free time hiking, discovering new trails, breathing fresh air and charging my batteries for the days to come.
Also, whenever I have time, I take my bicycle for short rides around the city. There is no better way to keep my physical shape and discover the villages built centuries ago by Romanians or Saxons. It is also a great opportunity to mingle with the locals to find out their stories, their legends, their crafts secrets and learn their authentic food recipes.
I'm also interested in history. Not because is written on my job description, but because history can be a valuable tool to understand our present and helping us to avoid the mistakes we did in the past.
I am also passionate about food. As a traveller, I think that the local foods and drinks are absolutely essential in experiencing a country,
as they reveal that region’s unique culture, history, and lore. So, a visit to the local market is a must for my vacations, no matter the destination. As an example of my
culinary passion you can see above a picture of my home-made sourdough bread.
I'll not cook for you, at least not now, because I'm only an amateur cook, but if we'll became friends, who knows...we might find ourselves around a cooking party - my style. Anyway, rest assured that I know the best places to eat and drink in the region, and I can guide you to the authentic tastes and flavors this land has to offer.
Our travel agency is based in Sibiu, Romania and is operating under the license no.1940 issued by the Romanian Ministry of Tourism.
The deposits paid in advance by tourists are guaranteed by the insurance policy no. 3012, issued by GERMAN ROMANIAN ASSURANCE S.A.
The company manager, Mr. Florin Ionescu is a licensed tourist guide since 2013.