MI MADRID

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 Ma intorc la tine iar si iar … Madrid drag. Capitala Spaniei e singurul oras dintre cele multe pe care le-am vizitat care m-a convins sa ma intorc mereu si mereu. Glumind putin, as putea spune ca e ca o a doua casa. De data aceasta scopul vizitei a fost unul special; meciul din Champions League dintre Real Madrid si Borussia Dortmund. S-a terminat 2-2 si Realul a terminat abia a doua grupa ei, dar nu e motiv de suparare, a fost spectacol atat pe teren cat si in tribuna. Pentru prima data la Madrid am luat parte la coregrafia organizata de suporteri. Sa va mai spun ca deja imi e dor de Madrid? Cam asa s-au vazut din tribuna incalzirea jucatorilor, coregrafia Realului si bucura baietilor in alb dupa cele doua goluri. I come back to Madrid again and again. The Spanish capital is the only city from the many I’ve visited that “tricked” me into coming back. I could almost say it’s my second home. This time, I had a specific purpose: the Champions League game between Real and Borussia Dortmund. The final score was 2-2 and Real Madrid finished second, but it was no reason to be upset, the match was spectacular on the field and in the stands. For the first time ever, I was part of the Real Madrid choreography. Need I mention that I ‘m already missing Madrid? This is how I’ve seen from the stands the player’s pre-match training session, the choreography and the joy after the home team’s goals.

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SUMMER WILL COME … SOMEDAY

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Daca ar fi sa am un motto in Urzeala Tronurilor, as adapta zicala familiei Stark: “Vine iarna!”. Mie nu imi place iarna, prefer sa raman copilul verii.

Tocmai de asta sunt convinsa ca marea nu e facuta sa fie vazuta doar vara, o poti admira chiar si intr-o zi de noiembrie. Acum arata parca si mai frumoasa, cu malurile ei pustii si linistite, dar infuriata de vantul care bate inspre tarm. Trag aer adanc in piept si aproape ca simt sarat pe varful limbii. Stau aici, ma linistesc pret de cateva clipe … apoi plec mai departe, cu gandurile mele. Parca “galagia” din mintea mea se reduce de fiecare data cand ajung la mare. Nu pot sa stau prea mult … e prea rece cu mine acum, dar nu o las singura, pescarusii vor fi alaturi de ea, indiferent de anotimp. Stie si marea, la fel de bine ca mine, ca intr-un final … vine vara!

If I were to have a motto in Game of Thrones, I’d adapt the famous Stark words: “Winter is coming”. I don’t like winter, I’d rather be a summer child.

It’s the reason why I’m convinced that the sea is not made to be seen only during the summer time, it can be admired even on a November day. She’s even more beautiful, with empty and quiet shores, but infuriated by the wind beating toward the seaside. I take a deep breath and I can almost taste the salt on my tongue. I stay here, in a tranquil state for a few moments … then I move on, with my thoughts. It’s funny how the “noise” in my head dims every time I stand here. I can’t stay for long … she’s cold with me now, but I’m not leaving her alone, the seagulls are always here, no matter the season. The sea knows as well as I do that in the end … summer is coming!

JUST BREATHE

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Se mai intampla sa ai momente in care simti ca toate belelele din viata te apasa. Poate crezi ca nu o sa gasesti niciodata o rezolvare … toti ne blocam asa din cand in cand. Pentru astfel de clipe, eu recomand o solutie destul de simpla: fuga in natura.

Cel putin o zi cu soare, relaxare si cateva momente doar cu tine si cerul deasupra. Cam asa a fost ultimul meu weekend. Cu bune si cu rele, am incercat sa absorb doar partea frumoasa a lucrurilor.

There are times when you feel like you are surrounded by all the bad things in the world. You may think you’ll never find a solution for all your problems … we all get stuck in a moment from time to time. For moments like this, I have a simple solution: return to nature.
At least one sunny day, relaxation and a few moments alone with yourself and the sky above. This was my weekend summed up in a short blog post. With good and bad moments, I tried to retain only the good side of things.

 

ROMANIAN WONDERS

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Romania ascunde multe minuni naturale; pe lista celor care nu ar trebui ratate se afla si Cascada Bigar, aflata in judetul Caras-Severin, pe Cheile Nerei. Romania is the home of many natural wonders; if you’re ever here you should visit Bigar Waterfall.  It’s located in Caras-Severin on the Nera Gorges.

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NOW YOU SEA ME

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Abia am trecut de jumatatea lunii aprilie, dar deja am fost loviti de valul de caldura. Pazea, cred ca la vara trecem la nivelul urmator: o sa ne prajim incet-incet la rotisor in Bucuresti. Dar nu sunt aici sa ma plang. Serios! Chiar daca blogul se numeste “In Orasul Trist” eu raman optimista si zambitoare. Orasul e singurul trist din povestea asta. Asadar … sa fugim din oras, pentru o clipa. La finalul celei mai calduroase zile de pana acum in 2016, va fac pofta de o tura la mare cu pozele astea: It’s only mid-April but the heat wave is already here. Watch out! In the summer we’ll reach the next level: oven temperatures in Bucharest. But I’m not complaining. Honestly! Even if my blog’s name is “In the Sad Town”, I’m very much optimistic and cheerful. The city is the only sad character in this story. So … let’s take a trip outside the city, for just a moment.

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VIENNA, TAKE TWO

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Atractia principala din Viena, palatul Schonbrunn, a fost prima destinatie de pe lista noastra. Chiar daca vara gradinile transforma aceasta locatie intru-un paradis, privelistea este spectaculoasa si pe timp de iarna. Faimosul galben de Schonbrunn iti da impresia ca un soare cald de vara isi revarsa razele pe fatada caldirii. Tot aici puteti vizita cea mai veche gradina zoologica din lume. Nu am avut timp sa vizitam toate muzeele, asa ca am facut o selectie: Albertina si muzeul Leopold nu ne-au dezamagit. Daca vreti sa shimbati registrul, sa treceti si pe la Muzeul de istorie naturala. Alte optiuni sunt: resedinta lui Mozart, celebra cladire a primariei sau parlamentul. Sa nu ratati nici Catedrala Sfantul Stefan, e usor de gasit si locatia e accesibila, chiar in centrul orasului. Cam asa ar trebui sa arate un tur rapid, din punctul meu de vedere. Vienna‘s main attraction, the Schonbrunn Palace was the first destination on our list. In the summer, the gardens transform the surroundings in a paradise, but the view was spectacular even during the winter. The famous “Schonbrunn yellow” made it seem like there’s no winter at all, just a warm spring. Also, here at Schonbrunn, you can visit the world‘s oldest public zoo.We never got to visit all the museums.  We had time to see Albertina, – the museum of classical graphic arts, and what a good choice that was! We remained captured by the arts and proceeded to Leopold Museum, for a round of modern art. For a change of theme, do not miss the Museum of natural history. It’’s worth visiting! We also toured Mozart’’s residence, took a walk by the Rathaus (city hall), and walked by the Austrian Parliament Building. While in Vienna, don’’t miss St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the gothic church that can be found in the center of the town. That concluded out fast – tour of the city. 

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