Under a wooden roof

I like wood.

It is such a warm material. It is living and it moves. It is talking with the sun which is drying and bleaching it.

In the village museam in Valcea one can feel the sensation to live surrounded almost only by this material. The old small farmhouses offer an idea of life how it was for the past generations – simple, full of work and pleasant – under their wooden roofs.

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Bucuresti – a City of Contrasts

If you visit Bucuresti you will notice a lot interesting and huge architecture….

I have some examples for you. Enjoy my pictures! =)

Mireille.

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My hometown in Christmas Dress

My hometown in Christmas Dress
 
The Christmas Market in my hometown in Germany is one of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in the country. Where people from Brasov have their Black Church, people from Erfurt have the St. Marien Cathedral and the St. Severi Church to watch over the huge square where the Christmas Tree, the Christmas pyramid and the Ferris Wheel delight the visitors who are coming from the whole county.
This year I was not there but I remember the nice smell of sugared roasted almonds and the little fairytale-houses with puppets dressed like Snowwhite and the 7 dwarfs, Little Red Ridinghood and all the other well known characters.
My parents had send me an Advent calendar with a picture of the market to remind me of home… =)
Mireille.
 
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 photo credit:

http://www.global-christmas.com/your-christmas/news-and-stories/124-Historische%20Glanzlichter%20im%20Advent%20/

 

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Focuri de artificii – Revelion 2013 in Bucuresti

Focuri de artificii – Revelion 2013 in Bucuresti 
 
Have you been in your capital one time for silvester? No? Me neither. I guess, the silvester shows in Berlin are really interesting but I never went there. Insteat of this I saw now the people of Bucuresti celebrating the start in 2013. First time in a capital, but not in mine.In Piata Constitutiei, which is – with the Parliamentspalace in the background – a really good place for a silvester show, concerts and animation were going on the whole evening. Finally: the obligatory countdown. This time in romanian language – I had to be focused very well to count correctly backwards. The countdown endet in a great professional firework, which was illuminating Piata Constitutiei for 15 min. It was extraordinary impressing in conection with the good instrumental music and it was a beautiful first visual sensory impression of the new year.

La Multi Ani Romania!

If you want to know how it was check the link below. … but reality is more beautiful of course.

Mireille.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7azvCqCX8E

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My results from Creative Writing

Posted by on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 · Leave a Comment 

The Creative Writing last week was a very motivating activity for me. You can find inspiration in different things… in a photo of a cow which is looking through an open window inside a room where a newspaper is laying on a table… or in the pieces of a songtext, creating something new only from this words… here are my results:
 
Can the animals read our thoughts? That’s what I’m asking myself. Maybe they do, ’cause I can’t imagine them reading our newspapers. And yes, they seem to understand us so well… Maybe they eat our newspapers and in their stomach all the letters become free and go through the blood to the brain. ‘Cause what else is the brain than chemistry and what else than chemistry are the printed words? Anyway, I don’t find a solution. Maybe my cat finds one ’cause everytime I ask her: “Let’s sit down in the arm-chair for reading the paper?” she looks up to me with a face like she already did.
 

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Dresscode Rules

Posted by on Saturday, November 24, 2012 · Leave a Comment 

Dresscode Rules

This is the story of Jennifer. She is working as a volunteer in Romania and she got an invitaton for the supervoluntar-gala. Since she could bring only 20 kg of luggage in the plane she was not able to find the perfect Outfit for this evening in her suitcase. That’s why she went to the center of Brasov to search for good clothes in the stores.
In the first shop they had a lot of fancy dresses. Jennifer was attrackted by a purple dress which was very long, made from silk and decorated with few original details of lace. She tried it on and it fit perfectly. In the front of the mirror Jennifer felt so beautiful. But only one moment later she thought: “Oh my gosh!” because she saw the tag on which was written: 2000 Lei.
Disappointed Jennifer left the store. She couldn’t affort such an expensive dress. Maybe the second hand store would be a better opportunity… Wow: Today everything only 4 Lei! Jennifer entered the shop and startet to search. She found a cute blue dress with prints of small reindeers, a blouse of good cut but in leopard-style and a chic black shirt – unfortunatly with a neckline which showed everything… Finally: nothing serious.
Jennifer was very sad and went home. She had to find something in her own stuff because the shopping tour was not successfull. Checking her clothes she found one of her favourite white shirts and discovered that it looked very classic together with her black pants. She decided to wear this outfit for the gala because she felt very comfortable and confident with this clothes.
You see:The most important thing is to come as you are and not to try to be someone else. It is the best way to enjoy the evening. (And for sure you will find something chic in your cupboard!) See you at the gala!

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Beautiful dresses

Posted by on Thursday, November 22, 2012 · Leave a Comment 

The Etnovember-Festival in Brasov
 
Last Sunday was the appearance of Bastionul Ţesătorilor a bit changed. Small colorful flags were swinging over the inner courtyard, the place was decorated with apples, paprika and covrigi and people in medieval costums were walking around… It was Etnovember-Festival in Brasov.
When I entered the place with Mahila and Jennifer we got funny wooden necklaces with the logo of the festival which includes a mouse.
Then we watched some traditional dances. I liked the dresses of the girls so much. You can see them in the picture. The cute pattern of small white flowers on the blue cloth is so nice. I would like to have a dress like this 🙂
What else did we experience last sunday? You will read it in another blog…
Mireille.
 
 

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The most handsome guy in Brasov…

Posted by on Friday, November 16, 2012 · Leave a Comment 

Hey people!
I want to introduce a very handsome guy I met in Brasov two weeks ago. He is tall, has got long curly blond hair and a pretty face. He is a party-boy and unfortunatly kind of vain and narcissistic.
Well, I didn’t meet him in a Pub or Coffee-Bar, not at the swimmingpool or the dancelesson, not at work. I met him in the Library,  just by chance. He is not romanian, in fact he is english. To be honest: I met him before in Germany (seems like he loves travelling so much) and he is… a character in a novel. His name is Dorian Gray.
Yea…One of my favourite novels is “The picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde. The german translation I read several times because I like the dialogues which are funny because of ironic and paradox ideas. And it is a varied story: You find love and murder, some kind of unrealistic happening and everything… It is about a guy who loves his own beautiful appearance to much and when his friend, a painter, finished his portrait, Dorian expresses his wish to stay forever young and beautiful and the painting should alter instead. Somehow his wish becomes reality…
In the english library I found the book and decided to read it now in original language. Since it is a very short novel of only 250 pages and since I knew the plot very well,  I thought  it would be  a good idea to start with “Dorian Gray” reading english books what I never tried before. And it was. Even if I couldn’t understand every word and I also missed the meaning of some expressions or phrases I could follow the story very well. It was a pleasure to have this contact with English in a novel … and to have this contact with a handsome guy =P
Mireille.

 

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The Sound of Jazz Music

Posted by on Thursday, November 8, 2012 · Leave a Comment 

 
 
The Backyard Jazz Orchestra consists of a multi cultural team of musicians from Germany, Romania, Albania, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia, Austria and Bulgaria. Last weekend they presented their talents in the Opera of  Brasov.
 
I went there with Mahila and Sercan to enjoy the sound of this lively, strong and happy music. The Opera was pretty crowded. We bought almost the last available tickets and sat down in the comfy red armchairs, leaned back and dived into the tones of a saxophone and two guitars which opened this long evening ( The concert started at 7 pm, consisted of 3 different parts and one 20 min break and finished around 10:45 pm). The music was wonderful, the musicans were happy and motivated. We listened enthusiastically. Finally we also had different opinions about the seconed part: A woman was singing, accompanied by piano and double bass. I liked it very much but it was boring for Mahila. But during the last part, when the whole orchestra began to play we concured that it was great!
 
Check the orchestra out here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLluKs3vtKY
http://www.backyardjazzorchestra.com/index.php/home-en
 
 
 
 
I used a picture from this website: http://www.backyardjazzorchestra.com/index.php/media-de

 

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The yellow Light of Sighisoara

Posted by on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 · Leave a Comment 

Last week there was the perfect autumn weather: In the morning it was enormously foggy, when Mahila, Jennifer, Kike and me started our trip to Sighisoara, a small beautiful medieval town between the hills of Transilvania. During the journey the sun broke through the mist, which slowly faded away. We saw a small fortress hovering above a stripe of fog in a village – the perfect transilvanian fantasy.
Then we arrived Sighisoara and there was a blue sky without any clouds and the view was beautiful. We discovered the meandering streets, made of plump smoothy stones, and the colorful houses: light blue, pink, peach… All-over there was the smell of yellow colored leafs which created a very special light at this afternoon.
 

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The Road of the Dead – Part 2

Posted by on Friday, October 19, 2012 · Leave a Comment 

Can you remember Mahilas and Jennifers Blog about the Hiking, which was called “The road of the dead”?
Believe me, this was nothing compared with a real dangerous “Road of the Dead” which we discovered last weekend at Sapte Scarii Waterfalls!
The Waterfalls are a very beautiful piece of romanian nature in the Mountains near Brasov. You arrive the place walking one hour through wet forrest with a dark scent of earth and so green like not many forrests are –  a lot of trees and rocks are overgrown with moss. When you arrive at the waterfalls you see the entrance of a small canyon and a old metal ladder. – Yeah, correct: If you want to enjoy the waterfalls more intensive you have to climb next to them inside the canyon!
A sign in front of the canyon was warning about the dangerous way, but because I am I brave girl of course I wanted to go ; ) Praying a last time to god and enter the canyon! Okay, go there only if you like old rusty ladders with missing stairs which are probably older than you and moving while climbing. Oh, and you shouldn’t be afraid of watching down 12 meters to the bottom of the canyon while the waterfalls are touching you like a soft shower.
Wow! When you arrive at the and of this “way of the dead” and calm down again you feel that you had a very intensive connection with the nature of romanian mountain area.
 
 
 
 

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Bodylanguage doesn't need translation

Posted by on Thursday, October 11, 2012 · Leave a Comment 

Whatever you thought what this blog will be about: It is about dancing. ; )
 
At the beginning of the month  Jennifer and me joined a Dance Cource for learning set-pattern dance and Latin American Dance. I am a very beginner and had never before any experiences in these dances. I decided to use my evs-freetime for practicing something new.
First I wrote some mails with the teacher. She can speak english and gave my some explinations about the course which is – of course – carried out in romanian. So I was looking forward to understanding nothing…
What I discovered is this: It was not necessary to understand the words, because the teachers showed everything, not only the steps but also the mistakes, so I knew what I should avoid. In addition the assistants and the other participants could speak english and helped me a bit.
Finally the first dance lessons were much fun and very interesting even if it was difficult to remember the steps. And naturally it is a nice possibility to get in touch with locals.
 
The teachers are very nice people and I believe i choosed a good school. This is their website:
http://www.abcdance.ro/
 
 
 

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