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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Wanna have big family in future? then be starbuck :)

I watched a really nice movie in new year holiday it is ” Starbuck” a production of 2011 ,  Players as far as I know from France

however , surname of character ‘s  is wozniak that sounded to me like Polish , i dont’ know 🙂  Briefly story of movie is ; One man in his past  decides to donate sperm  to have money from ” baby donut bank” . He really worked hard and finally his donut has been given to more than 500 babies and he earned huge amount of money. He is a man who is working as butcher together with his dad and brothers.

 

One day lawyer comes to his door saying”  you got registered over 500 babies, congratulations! and his all life changes.. A film that sometimes makes us think, sometimes laugh and sometimes makes us holds up an example of life experiments on his way. Highly recommended, may be we might watch this all together oncoming weeks , why not 😉

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Source of photo : Google images

O zi buna  

 

 

MY NEW PERSONAL BLOGS

I have started writing 2 new blogs. One of them is about my personal ideas, thoughts, adventures, trips, history, biology and other topics.

The second one is about the romanian national  and natural parks, and about the romanian nature in general.

 

Both of my blogs will be written in spanish and english at the same time, and probably in some months also in other languages.

 

For the blog about National parks of Romania –> http://euparkeria.overblog.com/

For the blog about my personal experciences, trips and hobbies –> http://crossingallborders.overblog.com/

 

I aslo let you a funny video…you can watch it…or read me…maybe! 😀

 

How many degrees can you resist ?

Eminönü, İstannul ( by Ara Güler)

Eminönü, İstanbul ( by Ara Güler)

 

I went to İstanbul on christmas time. Firstly, I saw my family, friend…
After that, i take a tour around my city, specialy i felt that i miss seaside and food.
( I could not stop to eat 😉 )

A snow image from Turkey

A snow image from Turkey

i did not use my winter jacket because it was 14-15 degrees when i was there.
Before i leave city, it was snowing. Even the snowing time degrees was 5-6.
i came Braşov and wheather was -10 .  vuvvv  🙂

 

Noroc…!

 

 

 

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Romanian’s devil

Posted by on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 · Leave a Comment 

Don’t get me wrong, it woudn’t be article about Dracula, I am tolking about real devil. When everybady have been at home and celebrate X-mass time an New Year I had Romanian “back to the past” . Some how  I found in home Polish book about Nicolea Causescu, Romanian’s komunist and tyrant witch had under his thumps all country over 25 years. It will be only few lines, becouse this monster doesn’t deserve to pay attention about him.

-Romanian Comunist dyctator,

-he finished only 4 classes of primary school,

-set up Stalinists system,

-people called him Conducător ( leader) and Geniul din Carpaţi (Carpatian’s Genous),

– he didin’t want put to practis any reforms ,

-he destroied almost 20% of historical buildings in  Bucarest insted he builded blocks,

-set up tax for couples without children,

-impresions of him made visit in Republic od China and Mao’s system,

-thanks to Securitate he controlled all community,

-he lended 13 bilons of dolars and to get this many back he took them from Romanian people,

-it was nothing in shops to buy

-his wife Elena was his right hend and also devil,

-for Romanian people was forbiden contact with foreigners that’s mean for us will be impossible to be here.

And many many others….

Finnaly he and Elena they were killed after revolution in Timisoara in 1989, but why so late…..?

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Heaven of food,very warm.. I took shower with culture of Istanbul

Posted by on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 · Leave a Comment 

As far as I remembered about this 2 weeks in Istanbul was that I had so much fun, joy , laughter and smile and tastes delicious  food of istanbul and of my mom ! 🙂

I’m lucky that I have this rich food culture, as we’re not lucky for some aspects, such as ” metrobus, small buses” crowd problems and lack of respect much.  I won’t say day by day what I did  but I can say half of holiday is spent on roads in buses , Istanbul is big .. I landed off to Sabiha gokcen airport and my brother took me with his car up to home. I’m welcomed my mom, I was so happy too see also my small sister hugged me in sweet way.

Everday I tried to do something, I met to my best friend Enes in Istanbul in Taksim and we have sat in starbucks and chatted a lot about how was our lifes so far etc. Istanbul was hot like 15 degrees, it is not joke 🙂

It made me smile to see people who wore up thick jacket by 10 degrees, i said that oh god are you crazy? I m about go to marmara sea and swim away 🙂

Ok let’ say , I made food schedule ,  it was like first day meatball, rice, compot, second day.. kebab, ayran baklava…. it was going like this, long list 🙂 I got fat more and what I missed most was fish 😉

I made car tour with my brother,  he drove me away sometimes,  I spent my ” revelion” with Romanian people in Turkish houses:))  I found them and met them , they’re great big family living in Istanbul and was speaking perfect turkish each of them , confusing, I visited them they gave me a lot of food, we listened romanian music and watched romanian tv from satellite:-)   Romanian woman cooked traditional food and some wine she gave me plus we put ornaments on our Christmas tree i took good photos, I ‘ll miss them …

Then next week I went to a “liberal author days” and ” memories” I met my friends again, and they were happy  to see me. IN same week, one another friend of mine. spent hapily time again .

I played with my sister many games 🙂  also with my cousin serra, she loved my game , all this game I learn from brasov from my organization so I applied them, they did not stay in the air 😉

My sister loved ” samuray game” and ” memory cards” my cousin loved  ” tiger, magician , monkey” game.. they teach this games to their friends too  and she told me ” my brother i played this games with my collegues in school” I was proud of her. Hope this games will spread out  and every single child will learn it all. Cuz we need this kind of creative games 😉

I balanced and I did not neglect nor my family nor my friends, so both became happy.. fun and modesty in one picture, this is what I like 😉

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Some parts from my trip

Posted by on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 · Leave a Comment 

I was in my country in christmas.. I had really good time. I seen great parts of Turkiye. I really want to say thank you so much to Carmen Blazquez.. She was with me all trip long and we had really good time together..

 

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İstanbul is a transcontinental city. This picture taken between Europa and Asia in Bosphorus.

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Capadocia is a historical region in Central Anatolia. We stayed there 2 days long. And it was incredible.

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We had chance to see Ankara which is capital of Turkiye.

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  Pamukkale..The city contains hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water.

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İzmir is one of the oldest cities in the world with a history, which stretches back over 8,500 years. ( Also city where i was born )

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 Ephesus..The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC), one of theSeven Wonders of the Ancient World. 

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Şirince is one of the oldest old Greek city which is famous with wines.

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And my paradise Kuşadası..

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And picture of trip 🙂

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Christmas in Turkey!

Posted by on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 · Leave a Comment 

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Last Christmas I was travelling around Turkey. Although saying this isn’t so simple, because this country is so big….with 75 million of inhabitants dwelling along a vast territory…one has to be accurate for being understood. I consider myself lucky because I visited charming cities like Istanbul, Ankara, Capadocia, Izmir, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pamukkale or Sirince. And the most important, I visited, knew and saw houses, traditions and habits of authentic Turkish families. This country has a great History and people, and a great museums!!!. Actually, the Museum of Civilizations of Anatolia, located in Ankara, contains precious samples of earlier cultures which inhabited this land before Turkish. This museum was considered the most important museum in Europe (2007) regarding its amount of important pieces from ancient ages and its quality. Located on the top of a central hill, just to a hundred meters from the castle of the capital, this unique place is a great source of knowledge for explaining the origin and history of this country. Some examples of its richness are the reconstruction of the tomb of Midas King, sculpture of Cibeles goddess (Phrigyan symbol which represents  the mother earth) or pieces from Hititas period that represents the customs of this old cultures who inhabited Central Anatolia around 1700-1200 B.C. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the famous leader who headed the independence and creation of the modern Turkey, considered very important to establish this museum as an attempt for finding, unifying and showing to the turkish population the value of their roots. Through delivering the cultural heritage he created a powerful sense of  nationalism, essential for the newborn Turkey in 1923.

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With such a big session of anthropology, after visiting the museum I had to take a breath and drink a good Salep!….If you don’t know what is this wonderful juice, ask to Mr. Google or visit Turkey, because Salep is one of its fortunes for the gourmand visitor….I tasted it for first close to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, the second day of my trip. Since this moment I couldn’t stop of drinking! It is a soft white liquid, a mixture flour made from Orchid’s tuber and milk with spices and cinnamon inside…a pleasure for tasting.  As some turkish told me,  doctors recommend to take one a day in winter. If you follow this instruction, you won’t get a cold with the bad weather!……

Lastly, thanks to my dear Ogui, my fellow traveller who kept all the time next to me, helping to me inconditionally with my language barriers, trying to make me feel as a member of his family and culture, giving to me the opportunity to discover another piece of his pure and genuine vision of life.

Sahlep

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My hometown in Christmas Dress

Posted by on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 · Leave a Comment 

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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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

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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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Conversations with Furkan

Posted by on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 · Leave a Comment 

Furkan has his own style. His face expresses a high variety of gestures and his unique talent: sensitiveness and a great diplomacy. A conversation with him can be full of adjectives, but never boring because he has lots of interests.  Even though he would like to be musician (actually, he records himself singing his favorite songs) or painter, finally he studied Sociology. This experience gave him lots of knowledge that he will tell us about in the following interview. Furthermore, thanks to his travels around Europe: Poland, UK or Czech Republicat, where he was studying in an Erasmus exchange, he got a wide view of social and cultural diversity.

On May 2012 he came to Romania from Beyoglu, European part of Istanbul where he was born,  for working as a volunteer. Here, he’s not working as a sociologist, but If someone enters into his room, the mark of this ability rounds the four walls long. He has a collection of money from more than thirty different countries and several proverbs hold on the walls, written into different languages. His curiosity and good disposition made possible this interview.

What are you doing in Brasov?

I’m volunteering here in Romania since almost 7 months, I’m working in Asociatia Colors, Romanian organization and I’m trying to  make activity that teaches something to local people , to influence them and socialize them and eventually so as to create happy people no matter how old they’re.  I didn’t know to be honest that Brasov is such beautiful and awesome city like I noticed so far, I’m lucky to be in this pretty city and I get benefit of it so much.   This project is not that special for me, It could be something else. Let’s say, this is just coincidence.

However, you studied sociology, which is not exactly related with this kind of job, isn’t it? Why did you study Sociology?

I studied sociology, because I believed there is a lot of problem in Turkey recently based on structure of sociology.  Although the fact that my way to sociology has track out   now for some reasons. I did not find some theories so realistic and applicable. For this reason, I decided to discover life, community and people.  Not from the books.

From your point of view, what is the objective of Sociology?

Objective of Sociology is based on function of society, social changings, conflicts and identities.

Sociologists are considered as observers of social mass. They try to explain changes in society. In this case, what is the difference between a sociologist and an anthropologyst?

Well, I received Anthropology Knowledge too during my University study.  Hence, difference is very simple.  Sociologists are observing , analyzing making surveys and questionnaires to enlighten some realities or finding a solution to problems. While doing this, They’re not  in the centre of attention, I mean they’ re more likely taking passive role as member of society actively being a part of it.

As to Anthropologists, They’re important part of their research. Because They’re working, giving effort, participating, feeling, living, tasting as well as they observe. Plus, at some point, Anthropologists can   work with small tribes and communes as Sociologist most likely focused on general community issues.

Sociology, as a science, tries to explain changes in the cultural movements. So, do you think that foreigner observer are more effective than locals? I mean, does objectivity exist regarding the figure of the sociologist and considering what is its own background?

I think a foreigner observer   is more effective than local one, the reason of this is that  local observer willingly or unwillingly stuck in culture and tradition of his own nation and society and can’t escape. So He can’t be so objective, probably He would make some comments that can be seen a “healing” on his society that is untrue.

Tell me what is the most important essay or book regarding sociology that most influenced your thinking and why

Peter L. Berger and its essay called “The Social Construction of reality” is the most influenced on me and on my thinking too.  Because I noticed that Social code of society and its constructions are everything for a community.  Every single thing depends on this how we build the reality on society. For instance, gestures and meaning of body acts, changeable from country to country.

Tell me three aspects of character that a good sociologist should have or develop

1-      To be foresee,

2-      To be open-minded

3-      to be brave

 

What do you think that a sociologist can contribute more with?

He must be firstly Human and tolerated and open-viewed. Then he can contribute more. Cuz  I saw many sociologists that were not human in my opinion.  Contribution of Sociologist is depends what country this sociologist belongs to.  For instance, While American sociologists can work as press and go through other continents and make interview or question-answer forms or documentaries, Turkish Sociologist almost do nothing. If it is Ph. Dr., then He writes couple of books and makes read his students when he started to work in University.

 

What would you like to do in the future regarding your career and studies?

I don’t want my future job with sociology. I think I became capitalist, most of my colleagues became ordinary officers with low salary even though they struggled much all over years.  Thinking I deserve better, I won’t keep on with it.  I like Tourism, Guiding,  Language Schools and Museums more…

To be continued…..

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Beautiful event days in Casa Muresenilor

Posted by on Saturday, December 15, 2012 · Leave a Comment 

Servus,

 

This week excepting Wednesday I was involved in Casa muresenilor events ( evenimente ) and I can say I really had fun .

People of Casa Muresenilor is so nice and friendly. I have been spending time with them  at intervals since summer time… and was one of best time of my voluntary service experience 🙂

I want to talk about you and present you a bit more  about ” Casa MUresenilor” . Every week especially from Tuesday to Friday, each day a different event occurs in this museum.  Beautiful humans one from other is coming there to get deep consciousness of culture, music, history, Recital, presentation , Geography etc. whatever you look for regarding to culture is available in this museum although most of event is based on history by a majority. My colleagues have some day free, and some day they’re with me, it depends. For example Today, I worked with Marinela and Viorica. I saw Cristina just for few minutes. Valer was busy too. Viorica is so willing to learn English. She sometimes uses English words by pieces.  she is successful and i encourage her 🙂 Marinela is my translator, she translates well. I love her daughter, omg such sweet girl. She sung X-mas Carol songs on Piata Sfatului on stage. was awesome. Lorena had free day too today, I didn’t see her.

Thursday I had prepared Sandwich and I shared with Rodica, she liked so much , she was modest cuz she ate only one piece 🙂  And me and Cristina is agree that all Romanian girls are beautiful. Cristina and me has many common points. She likes music and cooking too. May be she is Libra  hehe who knows 😛  She sent me 100 the best Romanian receipts. I will put into practice  but I don’t know when 😉

 

So, at 11 of December, Brasov Symphony Orchestr gave  a small recital in Casa muresenilor…. it was good Sef was Florin who had lived in Turkey around 25 years and he speaks Turkish very well  , I’m amazed.  Here we see some sample photos from that day below;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then at 13 of December , A group of young musicians gave us a passionate Guitar Recital. As a guest, there was a Spanish girl who played Violin. It was also nice, Visitors enjoyed.

 

 

Last even that happened today was ” Poet’s day … so member of  FUNDATIA CULTURA ARIANA and  Group of  Caii verzi de pe pereti   was there today to analyze Romanian literature and poets even reading some verses from the book

Laurenti Ciprian TUDOR was vice-moderator and moderator was  Poet Adrian Munteanu .They  managed all this event themselves with delicate presentations and expressions. He is sociologist (Laurenti)  in the same time , in addition to this, He writes poems, and I learnt that he has poem about ” Istanbul ” too . By the way, Caii verzi de pe pereti means ” Green horses on the wall , as one of my friend told me, this means ” To dream something, to hope something, or some fantasies that people have” . Plz  see the song of Smiley about this verses :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U17OqzTjWlQ     🙂

 

This link is about them, if you’re interested in  http://st-o-iosif.libris.ro/2012/lansare-carte-capul-cu-pasari—lansare-23–c8121–p567674.html

This link is about his poems and lyrics ; http://laurentiutudor.wordpress.com/category/opera/versuri/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wish you great weekend! 

Hope you’ll see in your dream” caii verzi pe pereti” 😉 

Craciun Fericite si La multi ani ! 

 

Cu Inima si  Din Suflet,

 

FURKAN

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