Summer nights and Cinema in Reduta

Did you hear about the  Noaptea Lunga a Filmelor Scurte? I just knew about it one week ago and I think it will be a great plan for this Friday night. This Short Film Festival is created and directed from Bucharest. This year, thanks to the collaboration with local partners, it’ll take place simultaneously in Brasov, Sibiu, Timisoara and Cluj on Saturday, June 23th. Here, in Brasov, the event will celebrate in Reduta Cultural Center.

The opening will start with a music concert: Toulouse Lautrec Band. Afterwards, projections!! including films awarded in the Oscars, Berlín, BAFTA, Sundance, Clermont-Ferrand, Tribeca o Cannes. Boths, Bucharest and Brasov will include the same program except one, the interactive animation called Kiddo, which will be projected in Brasov. This ambitious program is run by the well-known brand ShortsUP, now in collaboration with local partners. The edition of Brasov has been managed and organized by the cultural company KundStadt.

The public can consult the complete program in the following link and can choose as they consider the more interesting without schedule restrictions. This aspect is very interesting, because demonstrated that culture can be consumed and enjoyed through different patterns, different hours and in a big variety of possibilities. Projections will start at 20:00 pm till 05:00 am in the night, a complete a full night of good cinema! There will be space and time enough for seeing different styles, where everyone can participate, giving their opinion and criticizing the current international cinema productions.

All the practical information and data related with film program  can be followed in this link:

http://shortsup.ro/program-filme-noaptea-lunga-a-filmelor-scurte-2012/

Info related with tickets can be found here:

http://www.facebook.com/events/252263601541410/255291447905292/?notif_t=plan_mall_activity

 

 

New art in the English cultural Center in Brasov

 

This days, the English Library of Brasov exhibits an interesting  set of works of ceramic and drawings, made by students and managed by Serban Iuca and Marios Necsoi.

This is especially interesting because all the artistic pieces are experimental works made by students of the Art School “Sr Meserii Tiberiu Brediceanu”. The exhibition will be open till next June 12th. Used material are pottery and ceramics shaped as tablets wich reminds the ancient Mesopotamia tablets, that our ancestors used as a diary to write down abour economic and historical issues.

The rest of the exhibition show a set of drawings made from charcoal pencil and pastels. Studens from the Popular School of Art made a good work, depicting and designing artistic pieces, ornamental objects and smart models of pottery based on the ancient xamples, but adding their new perspective.  The English Cultural Center is engaged with all the young initiatives and uses to give its space to art exhibition made by locals. That’s a good philosophy because the local art should be backed up by this kind of institutions. Thanks to their  countinuous cultural activity people can enjoy with art, new initiaties and innovations like this one.

Furthermore, from the next mid of June the center will continue with more temporary exhibitions. All the interested people can consult the info about hours and summer schuedule at:

http://www.bjbv.ro/default.php

BB5: Fifth Biennale of Arth in Bucharest

The Biennale of Art of Bucharest is open in its fifth edition from the last 25th May. National and international art works are located over different points of the city: galleries of art, emblematic historical points like Casa Presei Libere, Institute for Political Research, cinemas and so on.

Tactics for the here and Now is the main concepts around this edition, leaded by Anne Barlow and  dedicated to the memory of Ioana Nemes (1979-2011) one of the youngest prominent Romanian artist, who died suddenly (april 2011) due to a heart attack. This edition, the Biennale proposes a view based on how current patterns influence and modify Contemporary art. If the Industrial stage (s. XIX) provided us a new vision of art related with reproduction of images and texts and developing of press and radio, the XX century and arrival of computing  is changing the way we understand the art as a material conception. Furthermore, not only the computing, but also the new costumes and lifestyles brought by new capitalism affects the artistic works.

One of the most interesting parts of the BB5 are pieces located at Casa Presei Libere. Abbas Akhavan, Untitled garden, 2009 (photo Jesse Brich) is a work composed by row of trees located in a big room totally empty, surrounded by the communist architecture  which reminds the power and  use of control over the population. This work is a reflection on human intentions as a beneficial or harmful purpose.

Vesna Pavlovic, Search for Landscapes, 2011 develops around a set of vintage slides projected over several panels which depict a family’s travel around the world in the 60’s, where this kind of technology was booming. In the meanwhile, this kind of image system was created by American companies , that represents the economic power of American industry and supremacy over the world. Thus, “the tourist with camera was considered a consumer of places and producer of images”. Furthermore, this set of slides represents the technological change and the influence of industry, which affects continuously our life and conception with respect to the material worlds. Even where technology arrives later, finally arrives and anyone can scape from its influence.

The curatorial team has collected an acceptable set of art works. Maybe the non efficient communication with the communication press department of the Biennal, the continuous raining during the first week of opening and problems finding some locations are the worst point to take consider. Most of the spaces are controlled by volunteers, art students who are widely prepared to speak over the pieces to the interested visitor. They are working free, probably expecting an acceptable future as curators, especially when organizing and financing a Biennals of art is becoming more and more difficult. However, they still believe that modern art is powerful, doesn’t it?

 

Let’s go to the Cinema!

On summer, cultural events increase and fill easily magazine’s cultural agenda. However, setting aside this seasonal trend… it seems that Brasov wants to grow culturally! I got surprised when I knew about Brasov Best Film Festival. It promotes communication and work made by students, an opportunity to show and share ideas. Of course, no one can know what will happen within these amateurs career. But is true that this kind of events which support and develop creativity among young people make the difference with respect to doing nothing, and means a seed for future plans, solid projects and fruitful connections between people who have the same interests. This is the fifth edition, what means a sign of permanency (that also should be accompanied by increasingly quality and competitiveness) if routine, lazyness and public support (both, institutional and people) don’t make it go down.

The Festival itself is managed and conducted by students. Curiously, some of them will propose their own short films, also included in the Festival program, which offers three days of full activity. Furthermore, local projections share participation with some of the most recognized Romanian films and make a good plan for hanging out the next weekend. The calendar starts on Friday 18th of May at 19.00 pm in Reduta Cultural Center with a special presentation with directors and some producers. Later, it will take place a projection called Bee Moldovan, a documental from Republic of Moldova and France.  I have read that projections will continue on Saturday, with special works and will end up on Sunday 20th May with a projection and a party in the social night club “Commitet”.

For the beginning, I think that I have a good plan on Friday evening. I didn’t see Bee Moldovan before. Even it will be projected in Brasov for first. But, as far as I know, it is a good work about dictatorship regime and History about Moldavia. I don’t know too much about Moldavia’s politic regime, but this is a good occasion for increasing my knowledge and learning a new point of view from some of the witness of this historical period of Moldova.

Here, I attach the official trailer and the website where you can consult the program.


www.bestfilmfestival.ro

Trailer bee moldova

 

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Let's go to the Cinema!

Posted by on Thursday, May 17, 2012 · Leave a Comment 

On summer, cultural events increase and fill easily magazine’s cultural agenda. However, setting aside this seasonal trend… it seems that Brasov wants to grow culturally! I got surprised when I knew about Brasov Best Film Festival. It promotes communication and work made by students, an opportunity to show and share ideas. Of course, no one can know what will happen within these amateurs career. But is true that this kind of events which support and develop creativity among young people make the difference with respect to doing nothing, and means a seed for future plans, solid projects and fruitful connections between people who have the same interests. This is the fifth edition, what means a sign of permanency (that also should be accompanied by increasingly quality and competitiveness) if routine, lazyness and public support (both, institutional and people) don’t make it go down.

The Festival itself is managed and conducted by students. Curiously, some of them will propose their own short films, also included in the Festival program, which offers three days of full activity. Furthermore, local projections share participation with some of the most recognized Romanian films and make a good plan for hanging out the next weekend. The calendar starts on Friday 18th of May at 19.00 pm in Reduta Cultural Center with a special presentation with directors and some producers. Later, it will take place a projection called Bee Moldovan, a documental from Republic of Moldova and France.  I have read that projections will continue on Saturday, with special works and will end up on Sunday 20th May with a projection and a party in the social night club “Commitet”.

For the beginning, I think that I have a good plan on Friday evening. I didn’t see Bee Moldovan before. Even it will be projected in Brasov for first. But, as far as I know, it is a good work about dictatorship regime and History about Moldavia. I don’t know too much about Moldavia’s politic regime, but this is a good occasion for increasing my knowledge and learning a new point of view from some of the witness of this historical period of Moldova.

Here, I attach the official trailer and the website where you can consult the program.


www.bestfilmfestival.ro

Trailer bee moldova

 

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Connections

Posted by on Friday, May 11, 2012 · Leave a Comment 

I was thinking about the connections. You can meet with six persons a day, and finally, the people that you really connected with is the double that you expected… do you know why? Because the first person you found perhaps spoke about you with another person, and the chain of contacts who pronounced your name today is longer than you think. Connections can produce powerful effects, like the electricity making contact in a central point where there’re several points of distribution waiting for its own piece of energy. The fact to be connected near to an electricity generator increases the probability to get a sparkle!

To be connected is important. Connecting people, places, feelings, things, emotions, ideas….the fact of living don’t have any sense if we don’t have support from others. I like a lot to walk around Brasov because in some areas you can see so many cables dancing, crossing and getting entangled themselves and through narrow streets. It remembers me the unavoidable weight of luck, fortuity and coincidence that really generates the most of our destiny. Certainly, yesterday I was watching a documentary about the relation between optimism and success. This piece was based in a lecture offered by the Spanish Emilio Duró, a polemic and well known specialist in coaching and counseling in business and trade markets. In some point he said that scientific agree with the concept of destiny; da, da…..”human beings have destiny”… Well, it can be understood in several ways: realistic or mistic.

The main plot is that life – as people know- offers you several options and you have to choose between them. Each election you make always is determined for your genetic structure. That is to say, no matter the variety of elements or chances you will have in front of you, because your internal feelings are determined when you born and your natural pre-disposition will figure out your destiny from the beginning of your life. However (and this point is very interesting) the human body is very intelligent and…if you decide harmful attitudes for your physical shape, the body produces drastic changes, like a cancer or heart attack. It is produced because your brain calculates that with a bad lifestyle you won’t live too many years and through this harsh sickness you are forced to change.

Waw! Big words for my little brain….here, I attach the link where you can listen the conference (in spanish).

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK4sB_rWhF8

 

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Last Spring Tale (IV): Play

Posted by on Friday, May 4, 2012 · Leave a Comment 

PLAY: perform, action, play.

No matter how often one rewinds the cassette, CD or even your own life. Sooner or later it will be necessary to push Play. Of course, it will happen after a long time in state of Record, a wonderful stage for discovering new musical instruments and styles: some tangos, a lot of bachatas and too much bulerías. At this point, perhaps you will have to push Stop, maybe until you find a genuine waltz. This style is my favourite. One can grab the music as if the music would have waist! When I think about musical notes which compound some of these masterpieces, I like to imagine them dancing very soft over the stave. Here, there neither Pauses, not hurry nor Rewinds. You can think peacefully in chords instead of being worried about what chords are thinking of you.

So, I guess that it is not easy to find the adequate sound, with so many kinds of styles murmuring into our eardrums. With so many loud one get the risk of losting harmony. It this happens, all sound such a monochord tone, with no acute for moving hips sometimes. Here, it would be necessary the Eject, for expelling those surplus and recovering the musical balance in treble clef, which is what we learnt in class of flute when we were at school. If Eject works correctly, it makes quaves and crotchets to conform a good collection. Demisemiquavers left the scene and even silences sound quite well between semibreves.

Sometimes, the adequate song produces such euphoria that one feels temptation to push Forward. At this point, lot of listeners fall because they don’t understand that is impossible to predict the following time before it sounds. From my point of view, some out of tune aren’t so disharmonic if the whole piece has a good chorus. I am sure that those failed the flute test and got the top score at philosophy lesson. If I could, I would say them that sometimes one can learn more from street knaves than from some theories located on dusty stands at the library. In this life, it is necessary certain portion of pragmatism. Let’s be realists: Aristoteles or Platon were a couple of men with respect to the rest of humanity. Instead, we had to know a sort of “street market philosophy”. Although some people develop a good heard, on the whole, you must to sharp your ear and stay attentive to the sound of the flute.

But, if you are confused and don’t know what button push, it is better to leave switched on Play. This option ensures you that any song will sound. Furthermore, living in permanent state of Stop prevents you from distinguishing the melody of a good waltz.

RECORD: register.

STOP: to cease from, leave off.

EJECT: expel.

FORWARD: overcome, going ahead.


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Spring Tales III: Rewind

Posted by on Friday, April 27, 2012 · Leave a Comment 

In this world you can find people who live in state of Rewind almost permanently. Those specimens must have reset themselves too much, and due to this, they don’t know very well the reel where the sound of their existences should sound. They are not able to keeping long in the same disc, and however, their life sounds as a repetitive song. I think that is not cool to stay twisted excessively around the same melody, more if this song was released in the past.

I am not opposed to classics, that is to say, Ave María of Schubert was one of my favourite themes for a long. At that time, I had a big existential conflict with the button of Rewind. Just fourty seconds before the piece finish, I always used to push the button for starting the song again. Oh, God! I know that you don’t exists, but I am alone at home and I can’t speak to the empty and being normal at the same time: Could I know why I always push Rewind before the damn song ends? If I continue doing this, I will never listen the last minute, which uses to convey a feeling of relax and prepares your ears to the following track.

…..While I was thinking about all this issues, I decided to change and put a disc of José González. In this case I decided to get carried away from the intensity of the music. I started on the beginning, tasting each piece as if it was fresh seafood, until the last silent. I understood that the more variables, the more diverse is the final result. That way is better than if I take one part as the whole.

Just in this point I decided to back to the Schubert’s piece.  I thought that in this occasion I would finish it. Only when I got it, I had a global idea about his music. His life perhaps was not easy. He died very soon, as a big unknown. Maybe his audiences also decided to leave the seats forty seconds before the end of the piece (like me), thinking that Ave María was titled only Ave. Perhaps for this reason he wrote the “unfinished symphony” in Si. Today, the reasons why the famous composer decided to create an unfinished piece are still a mistery. I don’t have idea about the musician’s level of erudition. Even I don’t know if Schubert thought that he would become one of the most important musicians of Romanticism. Possibly because he was the first who discovered and solved the obsessions of most of us: repeating old songs, not giving any opportunity to the happy ends and, of course, and not to discovering new melodies…….

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Spring tales II: Reset

Posted by on Friday, April 20, 2012 · Leave a Comment 

When you are born, your eyes are blinded. Step by step, the process as I call ocular descongestion starts. At first, pupils aren’t developed, even can’t recognize mummy’s face. Then, the child develops a special smell to that vanishing figure which every day feed him through a kind of spongy valve. But…once the baby is out of the mummy’s belly…the chain of natural evolution starts…and in this point there aren’t Pauses for avoiding the unstoppable adventure of living.

 You can’t slow dawn the process of vision. Your eyesight develops through a lot of textures: flat and in three dimensions. I still continue looking for the moment which object appears totally clear. Certainly, before it happens, there are several phases based on blindness. One of the best times is adolescence, when one usually sees all things throughout multi-color perspective. Pupils become athletes, practicing pirouettes doubles, triples, never moving from its path and jumping to the first kiss. In this moment, retina takes pink tones, green esmerald, dark blues and light pastels. Next to the colors are tears, which help those to digest this feast, establishing an order into the chromatic chaos. Once the iris is clear, tears fall down across the face in the shape of a savage waterfall. Sometimes this torrent become so overflowing that one could practice kayaking within one of this effervescent cheeks!

 With the pass of the time, darkness colors accumulate and pupils usually prefer rational tones. The clearest the horizon, the more descendent is the tone in the color scale. Stupid but spontaneous events, that merely before (when teenager) appeared randomly, start to be more predictable (when you are an adult) and less in number. Thus, wide range of colors disappears and instead of calling the things properly, we put different names to the things we want or feel. For instance, if a boy appears to the right, one just modifies the view to the left and….. voilá! Problem solved! Other example; if you are late at work without any excuse you will have to tell something to your supervisor. In the moment of speaking, pupils constrict subtly and you know that all the issues related to the health care will be the best justification to your boss. On the whole, one gets domain over certain issues almost due to a natural osmosis and several tactics of strategic spatial view. Our instinct acquires magic faculties to preview colors that are behind of certain things or persons and we can modify events almost in an infallible way. Darwin would get surprised if he would know about the high development of certain species, mainly now, with the post-modernism and technologic advances of XXI century.

 It depends on how tears and colors are conjugated into the retina, one attain more or less sharpness, although risk of total vision is something that most of people don’t afford themselves. It is not anything generational, nor genetic. I guess that a disciplined training is necessary in order to deal with certain images that compound so often our reality.

On the other way, we also avoid to look tones which remember us colors which made us cry. I know that this is contradictory, because tears usually clean and helps the retina to see better, but I said that only few people develop total vision. So, there is more than one solution. First, you can assume that it can be there two similar tones, but they are similar, not exactly the same. If you want to check it…the only solution is to go ahead…. take the risk and get advance. And with a bit of good luck one can get a clear vision! Well, maybe it last doesn’t sound very persuasive, but this is so! Second option and the most used: switch on the button Reset. This option automatically erases dark tones that often disturb the vision and permits you living again each color as if it was the first you see it. However, it has an inconvenient. If you can’t memorize you won’t have reflection capacity and memory and you won’t learn particularities of each tone. Consequently, you won’t be able to distinguish between tones in your future, and the same tone will be repeated, causing you the same feeling (good or bad) over and over. Who knows, maybe sometimes is better to push Reset and check if you are prepared to live the challenge of discovering new colors!!!

 Reset: readjust, restore, starts again from zero.

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Spring Tales I: Pause

Posted by on Friday, April 13, 2012 · Leave a Comment 

I still remember mi first class of Natural Sciences. The professor explained the evolutionary cycle inside natural ecosystems: born, grow, reproduce and death. Ok, it seems easy, but all those new concepts socked my inside. I couldn’t do nothing… I guess that the fact of being born inside a traditional religious family perhaps contrasted with my most scientific instincts. Certainty, I experienced these classes of Natural Science as great revolution. I got upset when I realized about the existence of dinosaurs or Middle Age times, Renaissance, Illustration…and I couldn’t be a witness…..oh God…What were you thinking in? Who are you and why did you deprived to me and my generation of living all these interesting feats?….Buf! it was the beginning of thousand questions without answer. Anyone said that education is important?….yes, It is.

 

Before the Darwin’s Theory, I used to think that my grandmother’s rosary was the Philosopher’s Stone. However, with Darwin, the evolutionary cycle started do be more and more complex to understand. That is to say: you born and grow, and in some point something falls apart. First, this shouldn’t mean something wrong. The problem emerges when the natural teachers disappears and instead of them come the Biology ones. These last prefer to explain the evolutionary system through Physical and Chemical, showing that inside each ecosystem the matter is subjected into transformation processes and measured through numeric calculations. The solution, despite being a constant, is a set of mathematical operations which not necessary have to follow a rigid process. That is to say, the same solution could be found through different procedures. According with this theory, without a logical explanation, the amount of failures exams increases drastically in class.

You born and grow, and if you don’t understand some basic things of the evolutionary system, you will fail a lot until arriving to the last step. Of course, in the last step, no one fails. Both, the more and the less learned will find the solution, this is true. Some try to trick the process and they simulate have understood the theory. Perhaps they don’t care to do something worthy during the process. But I think that a good Scientific Man knows that the process is not only the most difficult but also the funniest step. And still one can obtain worthy and new discoverings which justifies failures and mistakes, doesn’t it? Who can say something about the lost echelon?

 

…..but….Divinity is a feature more related with Greek Mythology than with respect to human beings….and in this quotidian world you can find several kind of Scientific Men. For the Scientifics, teachers disappear but class of natural science continues. They pass the High School and discover to others who arrived before, like Adam Smith, Newton and Quantum Physic. First, it could be demoralizing. Also they become aware that Science didn’t create Santiago Apostle, but technologyc advance has immortalized the image of Billy the Kid…¡that’s curious! The scientific man ceases to be student and becomes self-educator, however, sometimes other has to measure his results…other who most probably is the first time that reads a science text. But that’s the life.

Only a few solve the formula and most of people fail whereas tasting several modes based in the Physical theory. The more I like are Chemicals who studied the matter of other objects. If already is difficult to know about oneself composition, could you imagine tackling the fact of researching how are made external matter? The enigma could be stressful. Summing up, the ecosystem cycle or even Evolution Theory could be easy-going. But when Physic and Chemical take participation, things become difficult, and if you don’t have money for extra classes, please…press the button and make a Pause.

 

Pause: a cessation of activity because of doubt or uncertainty; a momentary hesitation

 

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Dialogues along the Danube

Posted by on Friday, April 6, 2012 · Leave a Comment 

–          Eh! tu …..Ce face?

–          Me?…nothing, I’m not doing nothing special.

–          Ah, no?

–          No.

–          Eh! ….Did you say something?

–          Me?….No, I didn’t say nothing.

–          Are you sure? I thought I heard something.

–          I don’t know. Perhaps the sound of the tides. Today the weather changed suddenly.

–          Eh, you….What are you thinking?

–          Me?….nothing, I don’t  think nothing special.

–          Ah, no? You never think of anything?

–          No….yes…..that is to say….yes. Sometimes I think, but just now I didn’t. That is all.

–          And…how often? I mean, how often do you usually think…

–          Don’t be heavy. I never count how many times do I think, How would I can know it? I am not thinking during 24 hours a day…

–          Then, you usually think, but you can’t remember. Then…¿How do you know about what are you doing? And…do you usually say what are you thinking about?

–          What?

–          Yes, I did say that….I would like to know if you say your opinion about what are you thinking about, because you told me that you don’t say anything.

–          Oh!, you are very strange…but I don’t know, I guess that when I think… Of course, I usually say what I am thinking about, but not always. For instance, if I need to go to the doctor, I ask to my mother for it. When I am hungry, I speak with the covrige flooded salesman. Furthermore, I also think in different issues, like music and who will be when I grow up.

–          Ah! Practical guy….I see that your ideas are very related with the daily needs. But listen, could I ask you the last question?

–          Câ e bine, e bine…. but the last one, ok?

–          Da, da….And, according to your thinking….how many things do you really do?… How many answers do you find without making questions to the others? What things of these that you do were created by yourself?

–          Ey, friend…that is more than one question…

–          Come on, it’s the same, but asked into different shape…

–          Well, I will answer you in another occasion…

–          What? Not now?

–          No, I told you one minute ago that I not always say what I am thinking. I also do what I say.

–          But you did only a bit, my friend.

–          Ok, but I prefer to do step by step and from safety situations because in that way, I won’t have problems. I don’t want to get fame of weakling person?

–          Well….Fame….this is complicated. Simply….you should have enough discovering what you really want, but not taking care about what people are thinking about you….

–          Ah! Well….yes, I guess that one has to be strong behavior and all this…..I guess that I will learn it with the past of the Time and when I get this, I will be someone relevant.

–          Relevant…..For who?

–          Buf! You told me that it would be the last question…but ten minutes ago!!….ok, I want to be important for people. I don’t know, I guess that is a good thing If I get to learn something which contributes to the community.

–          And…where did you learn about this?

–          Through others who had been seen the TV. But I don’t believe in all that I heard. Only that, I think that this is a good idea. And if I get it, I will be a lucky man.

–          Ah! And… What does it mean a lucky man?

–          A good job, lot of friends and a beautiful girlfriend. …and maybe if I could drive a Mustang….

–          And…how do you plan to get it?

–          The Mustang?….ah! excuse me, that of  being important….well….I don’t know. I still have to think about that…

–          But …do you think that this kind of thinking can be reality or it is only a dream?

–          A mixture, but sometimes dreams become reality….

–          Would you like it?

–          Of course, Who not?

–          Well, there are people who don’t like fame. Also there are people who only need a small portion of money for living.

–          Bua! I am sure that most of people don’t have this opinion.

–          And you…that is what you really like?

–          Well…I need time to think about that

–          Ah! I thought that this was what we were doing now…

–          Look, this is too much for me. You are rare and heavy. Listen, If I meet you some day, I will run far away from you. I think that my face looks like a question mark! Listen, the truth is that I don’t care nothing what you said, I don’ mind about the future. I do believe that questions can be learned in the real life, but not through all that reflections. I don’t know no one who needs so many questions for knowing where is going. That is to say, if you want to go to the Delta,  ask about schedule and the river flow, but nothing more. Indeed, at the end nobody knows about the final destiny of their travel.

–          Don’t get upset, my friend. I promise you that I will go just right now.

–          Ey, but…one minute, before you leave….  Could you say me your opinion about this?

–          Ah, of course! I will try to resume because I don’t pretend disturb you.  Sometimes, living doesn’t mean learning.  Thinking sometimes it’s good, if you don’t abuse of it.  But If you don’t want to think, you will decide the life in the last minute, and sincerely, this doesn’t mean to decide something.  And about Destiny…. in some point is true what you said, because  anybody can control all situations . But this is not enough reason for not preparing the itinerary. Fortunately, currently the navigation system is very advanced and you can choose between different  ways. But maybe you don’t like to make plans.  Like these fish who swim into the Danube with its golden scales, who usually say that they are spontaneous and however, they only to go with the flow….like the rest of fishes….

–          …but….that is what we are doing….we are fishes swimming along the Danube, don’t it?

–          Yes, the difference is that I swim against the current. Look, when I saw the light of your scales I thought that maybe you would be different, something produced a powerful reaction, modifying  my path and putting me next to you. But after all, it was only a sparkle. Now, I must continue my way because I think it’s too late and I should arrive to the shoare of Szegen before Easter.

–          Why?

–          I know that in these waters there’s a genuine fish, not due to its golden scales… but I found  secrets on the bright of his eyes.

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The Dog and the snow

Posted by on Friday, March 30, 2012 · Leave a Comment 

 

“Carmen won’t stand alive more than two days”(1)….her body showed frostbite signs and damaged muscles due to low temperatures. She almost couldn’t move her legs and the skin, hidden by her coat, was burned because of the harsh climate to the mountains. Her gaze looked hard and fragile at the same time due to the pain, perhaps for the sensibility that normally the high mountain’s dogs have.

Later, I got more information about this dog’s life history. Curiously , Carmen was one of these few dogs who use to go with the professional climbers and mountaineers into the exploration of the high mountain. Carmen stopped for looking a woodpecker and she got lost from the rest of the team in the middle of the savage mountain. When she became aware about the danger of being alone, she opened her attentive eyes and howled so high than she could. This was a self-preservation gesture, trying to find someone and come back to home in company. But no one answered, neither other dogs nor human traces…she was isolated, in the middle of whatever place.

First, the fear let her motionless, as the memorial sculpture upon the I World War which is located in the Predeal square, next to the train station. Later, Carmen though that this behavior wouldn’t be practical and she started to walk toward the forest, with the only map she had: her insight. Time was running…. until the sunset. The night arrived and covered trees and stones to darkness. The temperatures  fell down until -15ºC. These circumstances are very dangerous for an animal that doesn’t have refuge or the habit of living in that awful environment. Carmen had serious problems. However, she kept the calm and tied some plastics  on her legs, helping herself with her teeth, for protecting better from the cold. She was walking all the night without stop. There had moments where her heart sounded slower than her legs, as a sort of prayer for resting, but she didn’t let her consciousness to stop. She put in practice some breathing exercices which she had learned when exploring  Central America’s vulcanos, when traveling through Guatemala and the Egypt oasis and deserts, where climate also is extreme by the hot. But at the end, those methods were useful and Carmen could keep the rhythm without stop. Making a pause in this situation would have meant her death. Her mind also hesitated in some points. She thought that there would not find any hope. But there was something inside Carmen that made her continuing a bit more and more.

Perhaps the last thing she reminds is a feeling between warm and bitter. Bitter, because the pain produced by the wind and cold made wounds over most of her body. Warm, because before falling down, her owner saw a peaceful and relaxation into her eyes, like someone who is at the end of a sort of fight between the Nature and her Wild. Carmen is still alive because she believed in her own insight, because she created her rules despite of the rude climate. She just tried…and she just won!!!

I don’t know if her body will overcome the damage….Probabily, if she gets it, I am sure that Carmen will come back to the mountains of Predeal.

(1) the first sentence of this short story belongs to Jack Londond’s tale Stories from Alaska.

 

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