My name is Ionut (John – English version) and my wifes’ is Alexandra and we are both born in Romania. Back in 2005, I worked on a cruise ship for nearly 1 year. I joined Sapphire Princess from Sydney and for 1 month we cruised around New Zealand, Tasmania and Australia before moving to Asia, Alaska and some other amazing parts of the world. Back then, I just fell in love with Australia, and I made a promise to myself that one day I will come back to visit this amazing country.
In early 2010 we decided to move here, so we set a goal to do anything we can to come to Australia. After few years spent in London, in January 2013 we finally moved to Australia. We now live in Sydney, NSW.
We both love the outdoor. In my spare time I was a mountain guide and a mountaineering instructor back in Romania. We’ve made lots of outdoor and 4WD trips in Romania and abroad, we love open spaces, nature, walking and driving.
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi
After a few weeks in Australia we bought a Nissan Pathfinder 2010 Ti, 2500 TD, an excellent car for driving around the city and some bush tracks. Shortly after this acquisition we also bought a 2.5m ARB awning mounted on Rhino roof rails. Together with a Oztrail double swag made the perfect setup for light 4wdriving and quick weekend city breaks.
We had quite a few weekends driving through Blue Mountains tracks (the easy ones) and lots of coastal driving. I started watching more and more Pat Calinnan, 4WD TV and 4WD Action episodes and because I loved every single minute of them I wanted to be involved in similar activities.
I made serious research, hundreds of hours of Youtube videos and forums, different opinions and so on and in the end we’ve decided that it would be better to swap the Pathfinder with a Patrol. We got a 2013 Nissan Patrol GU, 3.0 ST which we love and named it, THE MAMMUTH :D.
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