Colors and Windows

I arrived in Brasov three weeks ago. I can’t still speak the Romanian language, neither understanding to the people nor knowledge enough about its History. Possibly, I would lost through its narrow streets, as a mere tourist. However, I found some traces around the city which make me feel the city as a familiar space, unforgettable in my memory. One of these traces are the windows and its colors. That’s true!! Brasov’s windows are like the eyes of the city. On the day, the light and the city itself enter through the crystal and reveal the thick dust and the colorless objects, imperfects, which in most of the cases decorate the shelves made of marble and plaster. Over the city at all, one can find windows in a lot of shapes, colors and sizes, combining bizarre figures with curtains made of freaky prints and old fashioned textures. Geranium, jasmine and cactus are combined in several positions and, in whole, they conform funny compositions, interesting to see, without doubt.

….and when the sun downwards…..colors of the windows suddenly turning in protagonists because they penetrate into the night and through the city. Thus, Brasov opens his eyes when sunset arrive, using the light of its lamps. As a powerful multicolor iris, the bright appears beyond the interior walls and wrinkled and rouge courtains. The original layout of the windows is one of the best condiments for dressing the sobriety of the big buildings, typical Romanian architecture that remember the communist edges. The big avenues of Brasov and the dimension of its concrete buildings are one of the most typical views of the city. The chromatic disorder is beauty because of its slight pastel tones, settled randomly throughout the building. Precisely this condition of randomness reflects an interesting subtle and creates feeling between indulgence and purity in its style. This is a uniqueness trace in this country, which I had never seen before in another European country. So, since I arrived to the city, I have been enjoying with this quotidian feature. Now, one of my favorite activities is walking around the city in the evening. I like to humanize the windows, comparing them with human eyes….if the topic says that the eyes are the mirror of the soil, I think this city has a big soil!!!!

Colors and people

Sometimes, we are capable of describing the essence of any given time or the intensity of an emotion through a color. In this case, I would like to using colors for describing people like María. She represents the Blue. I was very lucky to meet her in Asociatia Colors during  the first week living in Brasov as EVS volunteer. Speaking and standing  with her was a funny and full of spontaneity: her dynamism and energy, also her history of life. Despite of the difficulties, she got to keep her vitality. Her powerful character can be observed looking through her depth eyes, so pervasive than the sea; blue and infinite, as indomitable as the wind that whips its tides; savage like the roaring sound of its waves.

The conversation was great, thanks to the aid of Claudia Popa, the head of the cultural centre, who helped us to break the language walls. We experienced funny minutes on speaking and laughing, using our body and gestures, also as a powerful tool of creative communication and telling one to each other upon our life histories. Undoubtedly, we could understand each other almost totally clear. The more I liked of Maria’s history is her dedication to the other’s education. Thanks to her formation in languages, she worked as a romanian teacher in Normandy (France). She also traveled around other countries like Denmark or Switzerland. In all these places and countries, she developed a precious work, teaching and implementing language programs and trying to convey knowledge for the integration of people. The fact of the material limitations from 40 years ago makes the Maria’s work and history admirable. Time treated her well. You can see the grace of her manner and her elegance only with a glance to her figure. For me, she is Blue, which is fresh and neutral color, free and eclectic like the current times, because she is the image of a modern woman,  who resisting the difficulties, resurfacing and overcoming frustrations, attaining progress  and turning in the life into a positive attitude!!!

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