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Feb
12
2008
International Mother Language Day2008 is the International Year of Languages. UNESCO is launching an invitation to celebrate the diversity of languages, under the slogan “Languages matter!”. On 21st of February the World celebrates the International Mother Language Day, a great opportunity to think about the “recognition of linguistic diversity and the importance of multilingual education”. Speaking for myself, I’ve never heard of this holiday until now. A quick google on Romanian pages shows me that I’m not the only one: only 4 results for “ziua internationala a limbilor materne” and 10 results for 2008 “anul international al limbilor”. We have a new holiday here! What shall we do with it? Well, I thing this is a good opportunity to:
  1. Find out who, from your friends and colleagues, has a different mother language than you. Talk to them and find out more about their birth places.
  2. Romania has 9 historical regions: spend your summer holiday discovering one of them. Talk to the local people (especially the old people) and pick-up interesting or funny expressions.
  3. Keep a diary or blog with all the new idioms you hear from dialects and their meaning. Many Romanian dialects have unique expressions that you’ve never heard of; learn them and use them in your conversations – I’m sure you’ll draw positive attention on you.
  4. If you have children or nephews, talk to them about linguistic and cultural diversity; teach them a little bit of a different mother language than theirs. They’ll be thrilled to show off their new vocabulary.
How are you going to celebrate this international year of languages? What interesting events are taking place in your community?
2008 is the International Year of Languages. UNESCO is launching an invitation to celebrate the diversity of languages, under the slogan “Languages matter!”. On 21st of February the World celebrates the International Mother Language Day, a
Feb
11
2008
I live therefore I abstainA new book about healthy eating hit the stores: "Traiesc, deci ma abtin" (I live, therefore I abstain) by Doctor Mihaela Bilic. The book is interesting enough to not skip any page and gives you good reasons not to give up any diet you have started so far. I do recommend it to those who still have questions about healthy habits for eating. Here are a few details for the book: - Web-site: doctorbilic.com (only in Romanian; it has an order form) - Size: 174 pages with many pictures and very legible. - Price: 49,9 lei / 13.5 euros / 19.6 usd - recommended by: Mihaela Radulescu, Teo Trandafir, Loredana Groza, Andreea Raicu, Andreea Berecleanu and Oana Cuzino - as far as I know, the book is available only in Romanian. (more…)
A new book about healthy eating hit the stores: "Traiesc, deci ma abtin" (I live, therefore I abstain) by Doctor Mihaela Bilic. The book is interesting enough to not skip any page and gives you good reasons not to give up any diet you have started s
Feb
6
2008
How do you recycle your bottles? How do you recycle your bottles? If you are Romanian, I bet you don't. If you are foreigner, I bet you have options. I'm a big fan of recycling. I'll recycle everything I can and it hurts my heart when I throw away bottles and plastics. Just because I do not even have 1 option for recycling them. There are no services for the population to recycle their waste. I do recycle paper and cardboard via Copacul de Hartie (the Paper Tree) - they plant trees bought with the money from selling the paper -- and I donate old clothing to the needy. It feels good. But I would like to do more. A quick google and I learned that there are nice ways to recycle bottles. Some smart people have given this issue a serious thought and came up with this solution: reduce the volume of the glass using a cool machine to do all the hard part. All you have to do is remember to recycle. Here are some versions of the same idea: 1. Bottler Cycler - Recycling and Waste Management for Bottles 2. Smash and Grab - "Little Smasher" 3. Reverse Vending Corporation - reverse vending machines which utilize advanced technology to identify, sort, collect , process and recycle used beverage containers including cans, glass bottles, PET (plastic) bottles and vending cups. To have some success with these ideas in Romania, they have to be private initiatives; like initiatives from private companies: malls, super/hypermarkets & co. Dear Manager from a Big Company, please invest in a bottle recycling machine in front of your big hypermarket - your customers will thank you on their way to spend their money on your business. I would love to go shopping and leave a bag of bottles at the smashing machine in front of the store. Maybe even get a receipt that says "Thank you Mihaela for recycling with us today. You've just recycled x kilograms of glass. You balance so far is y kilograms of recycled glass. You're on 10th place in your community. " Only 10th? I have to pay mom a visit and talk to her about her bottles. How many of my friends are not recycling? Hmmm.... Do you get my point? There is a HUGE opportunity on the Romanian recycling business. We need smart and stimulating ideas; business people with guts; green education for the masses. And at the end of the year, we want to know where our recycling goes: how much energy was saved? Which companies used the recycled materials? Make people's lives easier and greener and they sleep better at knight. So....how do you recycle your bottles? (use the form below to leave your opinions)
How do you recycle your bottles? If you are Romanian, I bet you don't. If you are foreigner, I bet you have options. I'm a big fan of recycling. I'll recycle everything I can and it hurts my heart when I throw away bottles and plastics. Just because
Feb
6
2008
Bucharest Coat of ArmsFebruary 2008. It's time for Bucharest , our capital city, to choose its mascot. It's a little late for that, but not too late. So many basic things need attention in Bucharest, that choosing a mascot in 2008 it's never too late. A mascot is a person, animal, or object believed to bring good luck, especially one kept as the symbol of an organization such as a sports team. The city hall did some serious brainstorming and came up with these ideas: 1. from the animal kingdom: the lion, the aquila, the ladybug and the white butterfly; 2. from the vegetal kingdom: the plane-tree, the acorn, the daisy, the snowdrop and the four-leaf clover; 3. architecture: the Palace of the Parliament, the Patriarchal Palace, the Romanian Athenaeum, the ,,George Enescu" Museum and the and CEC Palace. Wikipedia says that the rose and the golden eagles are Romania's national emblems. But we do not have a national personification. Bucharest Plane-Tree MascotThe city hall's web site will host a poll destined the find out the opinion of the people. My vote goes to the plane-tree: if this symbol will win, the city hall will have to plant a lot of these trees in Bucharest, so at least we will have more green around us. Even the snowdrop is a good symbol: it represents a new beginning, a fresh start and the power to break through the freezing snow. And Bucharest needs a fresh start to clean up its reputation of a dirty, insecure, crowded and polluted European capital city. Bucharest Snowdrop MascotStill, I agree with the opinion the professionals should decide the mascot of Bucharest, not the citizens. From my point of view, the people of Bucharest are too disappointed and angry on their mayor & co to make a wise decision. So far, all the news regarding the Bucharest's mascot is from news portals. I'm still looking for an official post or poll on the city hall's website. I'll keep you posted if I'll find something interesting :) .
February 2008. It's time for Bucharest , our capital city, to choose its mascot. It's a little late for that, but not too late. So many basic things need attention in Bucharest, that choosing a mascot in 2008 it's never too late. A mascot is a per
Feb
2
2008
I was wondering, the other day, why there aren’t pro bono lawsuits in Romania. If there are, I haven’t heard of any. In Romania, most of the people suffer wrong doings without having the power to fight back - the lawsuits are too expensive and
Jan
31
2008
driving in Romania Driving on the roads of Romania is an extreme sport. You have to have a strong heart and a huge attention span for it. One thing is certain: being so close to accidents on a daily basis, it makes you appreciate life more when you get home safely at the end of the day. My country has only 2 (two) speedways: Bucharest-Pitesti and Bucharest-Constanta. The rest of the roads are at God's mercy: big pits, garbage, blocked lanes. Carriages, cows, sheep or drunken bikers are part of the scenery too. Not to mention the attitude of the other traffic participants: rude, inexperienced, always in a hurry. I mean, who wouldn't want an off-road driving experience on the way to work and back? The government's efforts to repair the road are too small comparing to the problems. At this point, trying to resolve to roads problem is not enough anymore. A foreigner driver in Romania will find driving on these roads very challenging. An optimistic attitude and patience are a must because the problems and surprises are all over the road. Only your attitude will make the difference between a good and a bad driver day. Driving on Romania's roads is a luck-test in itself: you find out how lucky you are being avoided by bad drivers. So start praying before you get in the car and thank your Guardian Angel when you arrive with no incidents at destination. I love driving, especially when I'm in no rush. While waiting for the green light, it got me thinking -- regarding the state of the roads, everything should be public information. On a dedicated web site you should find detailed information about which roads are in construction, who's responsible for the repairs, time dead-lines and budget - after all, is the public money being spend. Also, a radio station with traffic information and music for the road will be very useful for long distances. Bottom line: driving in Romania is never boring and is a constant source of stories to tell around a camp fire. Driving successfully in Romania is good practice for driving anywhere in this world. What are your opinions or experiences on driving in Romania? Got any funny stories about it? Share with us
Driving on the roads of Romania is an extreme sport. You have to have a strong heart and a huge attention span for it. One thing is certain: being so close to accidents on a daily basis, it makes you appreciate life more when you get home safely at
Jan
25
2008

Romanian Folk Music I love Romania because, from time to time, I come across a piece like this that makes me glad that I am a human being. Here are the details of this marvelous creation: Title: "Nu-mi spune" ("Don´t tell me") –– genre: folk music Artist: Walter Ghicolescu Lyrics: Tatiana Dragota The song goes straight to my heart, and the lyrics are divine. A quick search on Google proves me that I’m not the only one in love with life when listening to this song. Listen to it and, if you have a Romanian friend, ask him/her to translate you the lyrics. Enjoy it with friends, alone, after a tough day or at bed time. It will bring good memories, right?

Nu-mi spune ca totu-i risipa, Iluzie arsa-n zadar. Reda-mi rasuflarea in pripaSi lasa-mi speranta macar. Vorbeste-mi de luna de stele, De tot ce-ti placea pana ieri, Cu mainile-n mainile mele Cu noi si-nzecite puteri,
Nu-ntoarce privirea in taina, Nu-ti pune nadejdea-ntrun pas, In fiece nastur din haina Un fir de-amintire a ramas. (bis) Din buzele intoarse spre mine, Soarbe-mi dorinta dintai. Hai vino ca ieri langa mine, Nu-mi spune ca pleci, mai ramai. (bis)
[Chorus] Hai fa-te comoda in fotoliu, Infrunta-ti tendinta spre nu, Renunta te rog la orgoliu Si canta-mi din nou voulez vouz. (bis)

I love Romania because, from time to time, I come across a piece like this that makes me glad that I am a human being. Here are the details of this marvelous creation: Title: "Nu-mi spune" ("Don´t tell me") –– genre: folk music
Jan
21
2008

interesting romanian blogosphere... blogging. For those of you who never heard of a Romanian blog (or even a blog written in a foreign language by a Romanian), take a look on these numbers and think again:

- 4,819 blogs rss-fed by
rss.mioritics.ro, 4,384 blogs listed on zelist.ro (link love) and 2,333 blogs monitored by trafic.ro (number of unique visitors); - 33.47% of Romanian blogs are written in English (too); - Most Popular Platforms for blogging: WordPress, Blogger and Weblog; - Most Popular Communities: Netlog, FaceBook, MySpace, hi5; We are there, on the World Map of Bloggers. The Romanian blogosphere is growing by the day, in quality and quantity. After all, leaving in Romania is far from boring; life takes care of us, throwing all sorts of challenges at us on a daily basis. Bottom Line: read Romanian blogs for new ideas and news about our country and communities. Subscribe them to your rss feeder. You never know where a good idea jumps from. Or how a simple view on life can change your point of view.
... blogging. For those of you who never heard of a Romanian blog (or even a blog written in a foreign language by a Romanian), take a look on these numbers and think again: - 4,819 blogs rss-fed by rss.mioritics.ro, 4,384 blogs listed on zelist.r
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