31 mai 2008

Criticism from Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet 2008 Guide: Foreign tourists who visit Romania are advised to avoid pickpockets, taxi drivers without taximeters and stray dogs by Radu Rizea HotNews.ro Miercuri, 28 mai 2008, 9:51 English | Bucharest "Thieves, taxi drivers who don't use their taxi meters, stray dogs, unpleasant surprises with restaurant bills and the aggressive driving are main issues in the Lonely Planet article about Bucharest, in the 2008 edition of the guide. The guide warns that pickpockets and thieves are an issue not only in... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 13:07 - Permalien [#]

31 mai 2008

Constantin Ticu Dumitrescu

THE RELEVANCE OF THE COMMUNIST PAST 28/05/2008 Radio Roumania International "Launched at the Romanian Cultural Institute in Bucharest, the project is an effort to reconstruct the history of the Romanian gulag. Arrested by the communist political police in the late '40s, while a high school student, the former Christian-Democratic MP and member of the Senate Committee for the investigation of abuse and corruption, Constantin Ticu Dumitrescu (http://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constantin_Ticu_Dumitrescu), is the president of... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 09:21 - Permalien [#]
27 mai 2008

Monica Lovinescu on Adriana Georgescu

My God, how Monica Lovinescu is missed. Here she is introducing the book 'In The Beginning Was The End' by her friend, Adriana Georgescu, one of the first victims of the pro-soviet government which came to power on 6th March, 1945. A talented journalist, she was also President of the Tineretului Liberal University, a member of the Tineretului National Liberals and was Chief of Staff to General Radescu's cabinet. In July 1945, aged 28, she was arrested in Bucharest, accused of anti-communist conspiracy. Adriana Georgescu... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 22:18 - Permalien [#]
13 mai 2008

Monday Evening

Dear All, Brigitte and I arrived at the 21 Dec Association, 24a Str. Batistei (pic left), slap bang opposite the old Securitate building, to discover that everyone had left. But never mind! Carmen Dorotheea (pic right with Brigitte) was there manning the office and declaring war on paperwork. What a marvellous, elegant and cultured lady she is. She insisted we go back to her's (who are we to argue?!) instead - and there unfolded a really spectacular evening of music, history, photos, good wine in the two-roomed apartment she shares... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 02:25 - Permalien [#]
11 mai 2008

For Rumiana Mestrovic

Dear Prof. Mestrovic, Thank you so much for posting your comment on my blog re: the new statue of Carol I at Pta Revolutiei. I'm very flattered that you took the time to do so and would like to know if you would mind my putting it where my readers can also profit. (Dear all: you can click on the second entry of 'derniers commentaires' on the right to see what this is all about) I realised of course, that it had caused a scandal, but not for the reasons you so clearly outlined in your mail. Of course, looking at the two statues -... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 22:50 - Permalien [#]
07 mai 2008

Rocky Horror Comes To Bucharest!

Dear Everyone, Look what I just found! I'm sooooo excited! At laaaaaast! 29th May is a Thursday, though, so I'll be nose to grindstone...however, that's the premiere. Hopefully there'll be weekend shows, too. Oh...wow! But how to sing The Time Warp in Roumanian (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdu7xoHU9DA)? If you don't know this show, my dear Roumanian friends, see http://archive.filmdeculte.com/culte/culte.php?id=33 in French, and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rocky_Horror_Picture_Show in English for plot and utter... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 21:53 - Permalien [#]
04 mai 2008

Womens voices of Roumania

Dear Everyone, Below, some incredible extracts taken from a beautifully written book, "Blouse Roumaine" (inspired by a Matisse painting) by Constantin Roman. It is a tribute to the voices of Romanian women, both heard and unheard. You can find the link to this wonderful book on the right of the page. The likes of Ana Pauker and the unpronounceable wife of Ceausescu aren't included, of course. This is a place for those I admire, and not those I abhor. Please read on, and spare these women and their experiences tender thought and much... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 23:24 - Permalien [#]
03 mai 2008

New Quartier

Dear All, Having finished a private class near Pta Dorobanti today I decided to try to get some exercise despite screaming back ache (it's so wet and humid, I guess that's why...) and have a trot round my new quartier. It was a lovely surprise to discover it was rather nearer than I'd thought, as from the Piata and cutting through a side street its only a ten minute walk, though I was walking quite slowly for fear of my discal hernia going into an utter sulk. I can catch a bus on Dorobanti to Pta Romana or Dacia without any hassle... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 15:17 - Permalien [#]
03 mai 2008

Italian cousins?

Okay, all my dearly beloved Roumanian friends...do you really feel cousins to the Italians? Really? Honestly? Yes? Well then, have a look at the following and tell me if there's a connection. This is very funny! http://tcc.itc.it/people/rocchi/fun/europe.html Love Sarah xox
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 01:37 - Permalien [#]