The Summer Off

Quitting the 9-5 to live the life we want


Surprising Sibiu

Surprising Sibiu


Posted By on May 14, 2015

After staying in Vad for two weeks, Anca and I started getting a bit antsy to get out on our own and see more of Romania.  We decided to take the bike and head over to Sibiu for two days.  We both have heard a lot of Romanians recommend going to Sibiu as city to see in Romania.  Neither of us had many expectations for the city and I’m glad we didn’t.

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Leaving Bucharest

Leaving Bucharest


Posted By on May 8, 2015

What can I say about classes? The last 2 weeks for me was going to class every morning trying to get a grasp on this crazy language.

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First Weeks

First Weeks


Posted By on May 4, 2015

It should have been more obvious, but as I sat down to start writing, I realized that writing a blog seems much, much easier than it actually is. As with everything, hopefully things will get easier with practice.  

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About Us

About Us


Posted By on Mar 13, 2015

I never know what to write in an about section, so I guess I’ll just write whatever I feel like.  Let’s first start by agreeing that waking up early to so you can work 8 hours a day is probably not you’re idea of a perfect day.  Well, it wasn’t ours either.  That is what this trip, and this site is all about in a way. First I’ll give you the brief story of what lead to this trip. Then maybe I’ll tell you some cliff notes about us, like how we like long walks on the beach and stuff like that.  Here you go…

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The Balkans – June 16-August 1st

The Balkans – June 16-August 1st


Posted By on Mar 7, 2015

These are our tentative dates for the first bike trip.  We wrote it down so that our friends/family know what our itinerary is, in case they want to visit. If any

  1. Hungary – Start – June 15-20 – 2 Days (Brasov – Budapest, 9 hour drive)
    1. Things/places to see in Hungary
  2. Slovenia – 3 days (5 days total) (Budapest – Ljubljana, 4.5 hour drive)
    1. Postojna Cave
    2. Maribor 
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The Idea

The Idea


Posted By on Feb 5, 2015

It’s been 2.5 years today since I married the love of my life.  After an eventful 2.5 years of living in Chicago (downtown and the burbs), we have decided to quit our jobs and take our first 6-month mini-retirement in Europe.

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