BUCHAREST IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT

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O data pe an, orasul meu se umple de lumina si ofera imagini spectaculoase. Edilii orasului incearca sa compenseze cumva pentru multele probleme de care ne lovim. Pun o masca deasupra orasului si matura mizeria sub covor. Tactica frunctioneaza si cel putin o data pe an vedem Bucurestiul intr-o lumina diferita. Luminitele se vor stinge in curand, asa ca e pacat sa nu le vedeti si voi. Once a year, my hometown lights up and shines offering spectacular views. The town officials try to compensate for the many issues we are facing by putting on a mask and dusting the dirt under the rug. The thing is … this really works and each year we see this town in a better light (pun intended). So let me guide you through Bucharest before the pretty lights turn off.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

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Craciun fericit tuturor! Sper sa aveti sarbatori linistite, oriunde sunteti si ca va bucurati de timpul petrecut in compania familiei si a celor dragi. Sa impartasiti momente speciale cu ei! Merry Christmas to all of you! I hope you have peaceful holidays, wherever you are and enjoy the time spent with your family and loved ones. May you share special moments with them!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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SMALL CHRISTMAS GIFTS

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Cadourile de Craciun sunt pentru multi o povara. E foarte greu sa alegi cadoul potrivit si pentru ca din punct de vedere financiar luna decembrie e una foarte incarcata. In afara de cadourile mai consistente si putin mai scumpe (pentru sot, parinti), in grupul nostru de prieteni Craciunul nu vine cu bataie de cap la pachet. Asta pentru ca incercam pe cat posibil sa nu ne facem viata grea si … gaura in buzunar. De ani buni, obisnuim sa ne oferim intre noi cateva cadouri simbolice. Iata cateva idei pe care le-am pus in practica pentru anul acesta: Lots of people have a hard time choosing Christmas gifts. It’s very hard to make a good choice, but also, financially the month of December comes along with many unplanned expenses. Besides the more expensive gifts for my close ones (husband and parents) in our friends’ group, we do not put so much pressure on ourselves for Christmas. We try not to make our life hard, we budget and try to keep it as simple as possible. Budgeting is the key for a more relaxing Christmas. We usually gift something symbolic. Here are a few ideas we tried this year:
  • Cercei cu tema/ Themed earrings:

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  • Manusi, fulare sau ciorapi, toate cu tema de Craciun. Rechizite sau accesorii pentru birou cu tematica de iarna, sau poate o agenda sau o carte pe care stii sigur ca cineva drag si-o doreste/Gloves, scarfs or socks with a Christmas theme. Stationery with a winter theme, or maybe a planner or a book you know for sure someone wants:

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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.

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS 

May you be healthy, happy and wise in the new year!

MI MADRID

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 Ma intorc la tine iar si iar … Madrid drag. Capitala Spaniei e singurul oras dintre cele multe pe care le-am vizitat care m-a convins sa ma intorc mereu si mereu. Glumind putin, as putea spune ca e ca o a doua casa. De data aceasta scopul vizitei a fost unul special; meciul din Champions League dintre Real Madrid si Borussia Dortmund. S-a terminat 2-2 si Realul a terminat abia a doua grupa ei, dar nu e motiv de suparare, a fost spectacol atat pe teren cat si in tribuna. Pentru prima data la Madrid am luat parte la coregrafia organizata de suporteri. Sa va mai spun ca deja imi e dor de Madrid? Cam asa s-au vazut din tribuna incalzirea jucatorilor, coregrafia Realului si bucura baietilor in alb dupa cele doua goluri. I come back to Madrid again and again. The Spanish capital is the only city from the many I’ve visited that “tricked” me into coming back. I could almost say it’s my second home. This time, I had a specific purpose: the Champions League game between Real and Borussia Dortmund. The final score was 2-2 and Real Madrid finished second, but it was no reason to be upset, the match was spectacular on the field and in the stands. For the first time ever, I was part of the Real Madrid choreography. Need I mention that I ‘m already missing Madrid? This is how I’ve seen from the stands the player’s pre-match training session, the choreography and the joy after the home team’s goals.

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