29 juin 2008

Sighet Memorial Penitentiary and Pitesti...

I've realised with a certain amount of shame that I have never written a post about the Sighet Memorial Penitentiary in Sighetu Marmatiei, N. Maramures. Having visited it no less than three times and having been profoundly moved by what I saw, my only reasoning for this apparent 'lapsus' is fear of failing. Failing to do justice to the memories of the victims of such unspeakable suffrance and cruelty in the hands of such unspeakable brutes, by my paltry words. Words are so superficial, insignificant. The lives of these men were not. I... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 01:08 - Commentaires [0] - Permalien [#]

26 juin 2008

SOS Rosie

Dear All, For those of you who haven't yet had the pleasure of her wet nose and affectionate licks, this is my dog Rosie, adopted from Glina in January. She is looking for a home from any time now, as I cannot take her back to Paris with me. My four cats awaiting my return would not tolerate her, I work 8h a day in Paris and my flat there is not big enough for 5 animals, two fish and two people. She's two years old, vaccinated and spayed, has an adorable nature and is quite the most well-behaved dog I've ever met. She is an... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 22:55 - Commentaires [1] - Permalien [#]
25 juin 2008

Heatwave and unwanted guests

Dear all, We're havin' a heatwave... Yep, it's hot. Too darn hot. Between 33-37° for the last week. It's true, Rosie and I are quite cool with our air-con (complete with remote control!), but we can't have it running all night - it costs a bomb. Serge says I should set the thermostat. He's quite right, of course. Instead of writing this, I should be busying myself with the instruction booklet. And now, the heatwave has brought cockroaches to the 4th floor, scara D. I've only seen one, but where there's one, there's...eek! Can't... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 23:48 - Commentaires [0] - Permalien [#]
24 juin 2008

GB labour market continues to defavourise Roumania and Bulgaria

Dear All, Well, it looks like my boycott on stepping foot in England as long as the Roumanians and Bulgarians aren't treated like other Europeans concerning the labour market is set to continue. And to think, I wrote to him just the other day regarding the e-mail address of someone he knows whom I'd like to contact. He's supposed to quite like Roumania. Has even been taking Roumanian classes. Huh... British Ambassador to Romania Robin Barnett in Q&A session with HotNews.ro readers de V.O. HotNews.ro Marţi, 24 iunie... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 22:15 - Commentaires [0] - Permalien [#]
23 juin 2008

Chat, alors...

Cats and dogs attended a promenade in Animal City Nine O'Clock, issue 4208, p.6, 23/06/08   Beloved dogs of Bucharest and their masters visited Animal City today in Izvor Park.Several opportunities were provided for small animals: special restaurants serving them free lunch and vitamins for dessert, “socializing” parties with other visitors of various breeds and the chance to attend tail-length or barking competitions, to compare vocal timbre.Animals also had a tricks competition, the best-trained winning new flea... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 20:30 - Commentaires [0] - Permalien [#]
23 juin 2008

A wonderful day at Bellu

Dear Everyone, What a wonderful day! Despite the 34°, Lucia and I were under the shadey trees at Bellu cemetry for the whole afternoon. Five hours of pure bliss, wandering between the memorials, mausoleums, crypts and tombs of the great names of Roumanian history: Cantacuzino, Rosetti, Florescu, Ghica, Filitti and Slatineanu, not to mention writers, doctors, chemists, actors, musicians, composers, diplomats and literary critics of great reknown along with a new generation of VIP's. Bellu cemetry exists, mostly thanks to Baron... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 00:04 - Commentaires [1] - Permalien [#]

21 juin 2008

Update so far

Dear Everyone, Happy Midsummer's Day! Just to give news so far as tomorrow will surely be a long post full of details and info. You know about the a/c of course, which is a Godsend as today was 32°, tomorrow will be 36°...just perfect for Lucia and I to trot round Bellu in the shade of the oaktrees reading all those wonderful inscriptions whilst referring to Nicole's fabulous Nicole Tour 4 for additional information and sucking on water melon. I can't wait! Yesterday, besides buying a vacuum cleaner (hurrah!) that's bright... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 22:18 - Commentaires [0] - Permalien [#]
20 juin 2008

A busty underground railway pole dancer is on the loose in Bucharest From ANI Melbourne, June 4: Police in Bucharest are hunting for a busty pole dancer who performs her routines on the city's underground railway. Rail travellers described the dancer, photographed by a passenger's mobile phone, as a "well-dressed, attractive, student-like young woman".Passengers described the dancer, photographed by a passenger's mobile phone, as a "well-dressed, attractive, student-like young woman".She... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 01:55 - Commentaires [0] - Permalien [#]
20 juin 2008

Balkans again bask in the spotlight at Cannes Film Festival A number of regional filmmakers and actors won awards and nominations at the latest edition of the prestigious film festival in Cannes. By Paul Ciocoiu for Southeast European Times in Bucharest – 16/06/08 Romanian cinema won an award at the Cannes International Film Festival for the second consecutive year, with Marian Muresan's "Megatron" taking the Palme D'Or for Best Short Film. The 31-year-old director said that he expected an award,... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 01:46 - Commentaires [0] - Permalien [#]
19 juin 2008


Dear Everybody This is just to let you know that part by miracle, part by Gaby's degree in Public Relations and Communications Science, and part by good old Roumanian customer service that albeit didn't exist at Altex ... I have airconditioning both delivered and installed only 48h after purchase. Howzat?! I got home from work yesterday and everything was done. Gaby and Aless waited in, made sure the installers didn't knock down any walls (though I have a few extra-curricular holes to plaster), photocopied the invoice for me, and... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 22:13 - Commentaires [1] - Permalien [#]