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Sometimes we forget there’s so much joy in little discoveries.

We took granny to the seaside this year. It was a hard task to convince her, but all of the family joined in the campaign of changing her mind about a trip “far away from her little household”.

It’s interesting how over the course of time, one can lose the ability to hear the inner voice who answers: What would make me happy? What do I want? How did I end up here?

We finally made her go despite her repeated discourse about how she is “too old to travel” and all the other little worries that can take a lot of energy. She had an amazing time, loved the water and sand, the long walks, and had a lot of questions – as if her memory had faded completely. She did not remember how sea shells looked like, except if they were white and wavy, the same like we had brought as souvenirs. Little discoveries.

We celebrated her 75th birthday by the shore at a fancy restaurant while witnessing the fantastic moon eclipse. It could not have been more special. Her joy filled up all of ours.

I am grateful I could be part of these moments. She really enjoyed the trip, the attention, and the new sights. She is kindness itself and we are truly blessed to share life with her. I owe a big part of who I am to her.

Angela

Happy Birthday, grandma! May this be the beginning of a wonderful journey ahead! ♥️

Today in Bucharest

A hell of a day – that’s what today was.
My entire social bubble was expecting the sentence of PSD leader Liviu Dragnea (also president of Romania’s Chamber of Deputies) as he was tried for instigating abuse of office and intellectual incitement as president of the Council County Teleorman. It was for the second time that the Supreme Court had postponed the pronouncement in this particular file, and frankly, we were quite nervous waiting for any news.

More context: The file was sent to the court by the DNA (National Anticorruption Directorate) in July 2016, and the trial started in January 2017, about the same time the leading party in the Parliament started messing with the justice laws to relax them. This led to massive protests in Romania in February 2017.

The sentence was published a few minutes ago: 3 years and a half in jail.
Now let’s celebrate the trust in Justice that has not yet been lost.

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Keep a dampened smile, though. It’s surely not over yet. The sentence can be appealed.

Why Go Outside When Everything Happens Inside My Head?

Oh, boy, this theme entirely resonates with my inner voices these days. I’ve just finished the 4th season of Black Mirror and all of those ideas of technology gone wild are getting pretty mixed up with my usual dose of existentialism powered up by gloomy January. Talking about timing! (*insert granny worried tone here* Voices? You hearin’ voices, now?)

“Why go outside when everything happens inside my head” is a graphic illustration of nowadays life. A frame of us stuck in between texting abbreviations of feelings into our blue screens (HAHA, WOW, LOL) and wishing for meaningful interactions. We want everything to happen instantly, but also keep dreaming of the slow pace we will indulge ourselves in at some point.

The game is on. The entire room of the exhibition is filled with crumpled paper with Andreea’s thoughts on it. I took one that appealed to me and left another freshly written behind. It felt right, even if I don’t really know why. This tactile feeling of exchanging thoughts is so cliche for a reason. It works. It makes immaterial material with the help of language.

Andreea Chirică is an artist and graphic novelist. In 2011 she published her first graphic novel: The Year of the Pioneer and she participated at ComicCon New York and Barcelona. She is really special, I need to drink some more coffees with her. The way she manages to put subtlety into drawings many of us can relate to is just remarkable. She also keeps an online drawing diary on Instagram that you should follow.

Photo credit: Paiame

Eugen Rădescu is a cultural manager, curator and theoretician, with background in political science (specialized on moral relativism and political ethics). He wrote for various magazines and newspapers and he’s my amazing friend. One of those vampire-cool looking gods that will stick around forever with his ZEN mode hovering over the world.

Check it out, it’s out there until the 4th of February.
You
have
time.

Ultra Violet 2018

Happy New Year!

Here’s to this absolutely AMAZING purple shade of this year, the one and only: Pantone Ultra Violet (18-3838). Finally! My personal colour obsession will blend in with popular culture.

I know it’s been a while, but boy has it been tough this year?! 2017, I am so glad you’re gone and done. You’ve been bringing me so much pain, I just had to learn to let go. I am thankful for what I’ve gone through, though. It takes a lot of strength and energy to come out of that pit dark low.
I want to thank all of my friends and dear ones for never leaving me behind in all of this mess. For staying there, for taking me out, for having a coffee with me, for hearing me out, for simply … being there.

Hope you had wonderful Winter Holidays and quality time with your dear ones. And if not, cheer up, 2018 will be awesome. I know it. Ollie knows it also.

Bring it on, 2018!
We’re ready.

My Greek Beauties

I find it so hard to describe them in words. They fascinate me. They brighten my days.

Maria

Elena

Besides being gorgeous, they are such warm and kind souls. I met them by chance, but we quickly connected wonderfully. It’s almost impossible to put in words.

Or maybe I should keep it simple.
I love them both.

 

Bucharest Pride 2016

It was so hot this year, the temperatures rising to about 35 degrees Celsius, but that never stopped the people from joining in a record number of 2 500. Bucharest Pride had it all, you name it: music, rainbows, balloons, happy faces, glitter, love signs and banners, young and elder together, solidarity, it was really something beautiful! Amazingly good energy!

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Nana

The breakthrough of this year was Andreea Balan, a young pop star whose songs I basically grew up with, that decided to SHOW UP and SUPPORT the movement. You may not understand how powerful that is, but let me put it brief: in the conservative orthodox influenced culture of Romania this has never happened before. Ever. No artist has ever endorsed the event, none has recognized their diverse public or stood up to fight for equal rights for them. Many were escaping to face the crowds of the ‘other Romania’, the ones who consider the parade to be one of ‘sickness’.

Andreea Balan

Andreea Balan and her two dancers after a cheerful speech.

But Andreea? Andreea is an amazing human being who decided to use her fame to do good. Her act is a stepping stone in the direction of enabling the LGBT community to speak up and demand equal rights. More than that, she has posted a wonderful message on her Facebook and she is constantly responding to all people out there who are trying to set things ‘straight’. Her follow up comments are disarming with kindness, understanding and sharing of LOVE. She reinforced the idea that all humans should be entitled to having a family and that to love and be loved should be accessible to all. Her gesture should be seen as an example to all other artists and public persons of Romania.
Andreea, chapeau!

Ovidiu Buta, Molecule F, Frank Paul, Carla Antonelli, Joaquin Bonilla

Ovidiu Buta, Molecule F, Frank Paul, Carla Antonelli, Joaquin Bonilla

Other important names that joined the parade this year: Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office, Carla Antonelli, a noted LGBT rights activist and politician who maintains a large support website for transgender and transsexual people, also the first trans person to serve in a legislature in Spain (she had such a powerful speech and sent a lot of energy to the crowd), Great Britain’s ambassador to Romania, Paul Brummell, Deputy Chief of Mission at the embassy of US to Bucharest, Dean Thompson, and last but not least, our very own Minister for Public Consultation and Civic Dialogue, Violeta Alexandru.

Happy to see so many people attending the event. Happy to share the joy with so many open-minded countrymen and friends. Happy, happy, happy.

Kul Ta Mo

I can only wish that things will only get better from now on.  Last year I saw the Stockholm Pride in late July and it made me realize how much further we have to walk, so keep it up! I feel we have reached a breaking point on Saturday. Everything was perfectly organized, we all had been given water, the street was full of people, the police supervised from every few meters, the music was energetic and fun, we had a blast!

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Peace. Love wins.

A big round of applause for the organizers ( ACCEPT, MozaiQ, PSI Romania) and everybody involved! Let’s meet again next year. The more the merrier! After all, who doesn’t want to celebrate love?

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My proud and happy gang