WINTER LANDSCAPE

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Cam asa se vede iarna de la fereasta mea. Magic … pana cand iesi afara, la serviciu, la cumparaturi sau la plimbare si devii alpinist de ocazie pe muntii abandonati pe trotuare de utilajele de deszapezire. Valul de frig extrem contribuie si el din plin la accentuarea acestei senzatii. Pana maine, cand incep o noua “expeditie”, prefer sa ma bucur de imagine. This is how winter looks from my window. Magical … until you have to go outside to work, shopping or for a simple walk. Then, you become an occasional climber on the snow mountains dumped by the snowplows on the sidewalk. The extreme cold wave is also contributing to this feeling. Until tomorrow when I start a new “expedition”, I choose to enjoy this picture.

THE CHRISTMAS FEELING

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Peisajul de iarna, cu zapada peste tot, turturi la fereste si ghetusuri, nu s-a instalat in Romania in zilele dinaintea Craciunului. Totul insa arata ca in povesti si asta pentru ca parca autoritatile s-au straduit mai mult decat in alte ocazii sa deocoreze orasele. Iata deci, o “vedere” din Bucuresti si Iasi. The perfect winter picture, with snow everywhere, icicles and glazed frost didn’t set in in Romania in the days before Christmas. Nevertheless, it all looks magical and that’s because the city authorities tried harder this time to decorate for winter. Here’s a detailed “postcard” from Bucharest and Iasi.

 

WINTER WONDERLAND

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“Sarbatorile vin …” dupa cum spune si o reclama celebra. Incet – incet, Romania se imbraca in straie de sarbatoare. De 1 Decembrie s-au aprins liminitele de sarbatori in majoritatea oraselor. Eu am apucat sa surprid pana acum cateva poze din Iasi si Bucuresti. Deja am intrat in atmosfera de Craciun … parca mai devreme ca niciodata. “The holidays are coming …” just like a famous commercial is announcing. Slowly, Romania is putting on holiday clothes. The Christmas lights were switched on in most cities on December 1st. I saw the decorations in Iasi and Bucharest. I’m already feeling the Christmas spirit, earlier than ever.

YUMMY PIES IN BUCHAREST

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Mereu merg cu placere sa mananc La Placinte; nu am incercat pana acum ceva din meniul lor care sa nu imi placa. Evident, preparatele de baza sunt … placintele, care vin in multe forme si cu arome diferite. Ultima data am incercat invartite cu cartofi si branza de oi, dar la fel de bune sunt cele cu branza de oi si verdeata, pe care le comand mereu cu incredere. Daca nu aveti chef de placinte, apoi, aveti de unde alege, iata ce bine arata puiul invelit in bacon, care vine impreuna cu salata de varza si un sos delicios. Sau un alt preparat nou care mie imi place mult – taitei de casa cu branza de oi. Deserturile sunt toate la fel de bune, fie ca vin sub forma de placinta sau alte bunataturi. Si pentru ca a venit frigul, puteti sa asezonati totul cu un pahar de vin fiert aromat. If I’m in the mood to eat something delicious, then La Placinte (Pie’s place) is a sure bet, you can’t leave disappointed. Obviously, the main dishes are the pies, which come in many shapes and flavors. Last time I tried one with potatoes and sheep cheese, but the ones with cow cheese and herbs are as tasty if not even more so. If you’re not in the mood for pie, you have many other dishes to choose from, the chicken wrapped in bacon is very tasty and it comes with cabbage salad and a delicious sauce. I also love the homemade noodles, that go great with sheep cheese. The desserts are even better, either in pie form or other tasty treats. And because the cold weather is here, you can also order a delicious mulled wine to go with all the goodies.

 

 

 

 

SWEETEST THING

Sometimes you need to stop and enjoy the good things in life. One of my favorite dessert places is Cremeria Emilia. You can taste a delicious ice cream and other tasty specialities.

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SQUASH TIME

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Acum ca a venit frigul, imi e din ce in ce mai greu sa fac miscare. In primul rand imi e pra frig (si lene) sa mai ies din casa odata ce am ajuns la caldura.

Am gasit insa o solutie care sa ma motiveze in zilele acelea in care am chef de miscare: Squash-ul!

Now that the cold weather is here, I find it more and more difficult to get out and move. I’m too cold (and lazy) to get out of the house once I’m warm and cozy.

But I did manage to find a solution for the days when I find the motivation to stretch my bones: Squash!

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RO…NNIE DE ROMANIA

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Ronnie O’Sullivan se simte bine la noi in Romania si asta se vede. E deja la a treia vizita aici. De data asta e oficiala. Ronnie participa la European Masters, unul dintre cele mai tari turnee din circuitul de snooker. Englezul e deja indragostit de Romania, a preluat exemplul printului Charles si si-a luat casa … dar in Bucuresti. Asta nu o sa il impiedice sa viziteze Transilvania, zona care i-a trezit interesul. Romania is the second home for Ronnie O’Sullivan. He is here for the third time but this time, it’s an official visit. Ronnie is playing for the European Masters, one of the most known snooker tournaments. He declared his love for Romania, and like Prince Charles he bought a home here, but he chose Bucharest.

This won’t stop him from visiting Transilvania.

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