21 avril 2008

Flori Night

Dear All The Sunday before Orthodox Easter is a celebration of flowers, thus everyone named after a petalled smile celebrates their 'name day'. I was at Flori's to toast her (many times) amongst her friends and students. It was a great evening and I only left because Rosie (who was celebrating her own name day eating my tupperware back at the cave) needed to go out, but was quite willing to sit there all night with Mihai, Christian, Ovidiu 1, Ovidiu 2, Gaby, Miruna.... Love, Sarah xox
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 23:46 - Commentaires [2] - Permalien [#]

19 avril 2008

Nicole Tour 2 and update so far

Dear All, I have so much to tell you, but before I go any further, I need to take you on yet another Nicole Tour, from Pta Romana to Pta Victoriei along Bd. Catargiu. It was a beautiful walk sheltered by generous trees and flanked by gorgeous mansions, palaces and villas of a bygone era. Another step back in time, where my imagination ran riot and my throat tightened. Houses left in a hurry, donated to the state, sold off. Most of them are now administrative buildings and embassies, while others are café's and restaurants flanked... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 12:15 - Commentaires [1] - Permalien [#]
11 avril 2008

Micul Paris!

Dear Everyone, Today, Rosie and I went for a wonderful walk, a Nicole Tour (the first of many, I have the distinct feeling!), planned by Nicole herself in faraway Connecticut, USA. I received a fabulously detailed e-mail yesterday with an itinerary of must-sees between Piata Victoriei and str. Biserica Amzei - many of the properties I had passed many times but not stopped to look, or take the time to know who had actually lived there, but that's half the fun. Such interesting families resided behind those doors and windows:... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 22:40 - Commentaires [5] - Permalien [#]
10 avril 2008

Magdalena Radulescu

Dear Everybody With nothing else to do coz I still feel like varza, (Aura called to see if I wanted to pop round and keep her company in str. Drobeta while she finished packing up her old office, but even that I couldn't manage - pathetic!) I've been on the web all afternoon looking for paintings by my all-time favourite Roumanian painter, Magdalena Radulescu (1902-1983). Sonia had a great collection of her works - how I adored them. We used to stand in front of them for hours, literally falling into them. The ones I've found on... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 16:31 - Commentaires [0] - Permalien [#]
10 avril 2008

Some music for you

During our time in Sibiu, Flori wrote a horde of Roumanian musicians on Rosie's train ticket so I could go and discover them on Youtubes. As I'm staying home today, it's the perfect opportunity. I wanted to share some real gems with you. The first Romica Puceanu. Sunday saw National Rrom Day. They trashed the stadium in Sibiu and plenty of other places besides. It's hard to feel good will towards these people, find anything positive to say...but there is Romica Puceanu: http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=VYneyue08so Here she is singing... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 14:23 - Commentaires [0] - Permalien [#]
10 avril 2008

The week so far

Dear Everybody, I daren't let another day go without giving you news. Today, after a bad stomach night, I'm staying home having a quiet day mainly because I'm so exhausted I can't even manage to get dressed! Tantza took one look at me and brought me a bowl of soup, bless her. Hope I can keep it down! So, Tuesday, I went to see Aura as arranged at her office in Republica near Panteleimon. I was so happy to see her as it'd been two weeks and I'd really missed her. She has a marvellous office, big windows and light furniture all... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 13:04 - Commentaires [0] - Permalien [#]

07 avril 2008

Weekend in Sibiu

Dear Everyone, I've just come back from the most wonderful long weekend in Sibiu with Flori and her Gaby, staying with her Uncle Ilie and her parents repectively. Such kindness and generosity goes straight to the heart and this evening I'm feeling introspective, with a need for quiet. I'm glad to stay home and update this blog as I have no inclination to see anyone and make conversation after such a marvellous weekend that has made me stop, think and count my blessings on umpteen occassions. For those of you who don't know,... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 20:10 - Commentaires [0] - Permalien [#]
02 avril 2008

End of Term!

End of term has arrived! Tests completed, results given (all my students passed), certificates distributed. My last class ended early and so we went to the Trafalgar for a celebratory drink. They are a nice bunch and I hope I'll be able to keep them all next term. I did ask to have a bit of continuity, ie. keep a class or two for the next module. Maybe this time it'll be possible. I always hate letting them go, handing them over to someone else even though all my collegues are great. I just get quite maternal about their progress,... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 23:05 - Commentaires [0] - Permalien [#]
30 mars 2008

Weekly Update

Dear Everyone, You've had most of the update already so what else to tell you? Well, I spent a hectic week at BC with tests, marking and computing everything...the final week is yet to come. I have a meeting with Sarah tomorrow to discuss the date for the end of my contract. Mid-July or 2nd September? I'll do one summer school as I don't want to be broke in August, but not both. I'd like my final two or three weeks here in Roumania to be put to good use - ie. crying and lamenting a lot, moping, cleaning this place, settling Rosie... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 23:09 - Commentaires [0] - Permalien [#]
29 mars 2008

Ha! Ha!!

Just read this on BBC News... Romania caught short in loo row Ceausescu's palace - miles of corridors, but short on toilets Preparations for next month's Nato summit in Romania are being overshadowed by a row - over toilets. Parliamentary official Mihai Unghianu says Nato has complained that there are not enough lavatories at the venue. Nato is said to have asked the government to install 1,000 temporary toilets - one for every five delegates, each costing $9,500 (£4,700) a week. Nato has not publicly... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 17:25 - Commentaires [1] - Permalien [#]