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A slice of Romanian wintertime

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It’s not often that you get to experience the silence of winter on your own. It’s the combination of frosty air with sunny crisp shines that somehow transform the landscape into something quite magical. Well, since I have had the privilege of experiencing such delights, it seemed a pity not to share a glimpse of that with you. Here are some of my moments captured while on the road through Transylvania.

sharp morning


Merg bine spre Vurpar?

wing's bat

Icy path

look up to something

curvy road to foggy end

Until my next adventure, keep safe.

Ultimele retusuri inainte de Craciun

Câțiva prichindei surprinși pe străzile Bucureștiului înainte de plecarea spre Timișoara.
Agitația momentului nu mi-a îngăduit să rămân mai mult la povești.

Ce faceți, măi, aici?
Dăm cu matura! Ne jucăm. (Hârjoneala zgomotoasă mi-a atras atenția, de fapt 🙂 )
Pupa-v-ar mama, zâmbiți! (Mă strâmb la ei și-mi oferă înapoi un moment de hlizeală simpatică)
Sărbători fericite vă doresc!

Winter hit. Slovakia.

mono life

I’m keeping winter very close, it seems. As much as I hated the cold before, I got to really appreciate the beauty of the nature during the peaceful white season. All thanks to my Estonian experience. I’m used to the cold so I am searching for snow every now and then. Or, it so happens that it’s searching for me.

Here are some bits and parts of Slovakia. Had a week of travel again. Can’t stay put. Lovely weather although winter hit the country quite bad in some days with snow blizzards causing chaos on roads. Ladies and gents, without further ado, I give you… Eastern Slovakia.

Sirava lake.

tree island

dive in sirava

Winter fog. There’s something about its quiet that brings peace to my mind.

foggy road

foggy frozen lake

fogged up house


high tatras

blizzard lane

blizzard road

blizzard time

blizzard blind


winter meltdown

On the road.

sunny winter ride

sunny winter roads


sunny winter

bw snow time

sunny winter park

winter clouds


rural snow bw

Wooden church in Snina

look up to something

dear deer

Dream on.

dream on

See you soon, Tallinn!

I’m leaving Tallinn today. Who knows for how long.

Many good-byes and see yous were said between the people I have come to meet here in Erasmus time. Emotional. Touchy. However, it seems that the hardest one is yet to come. How can I part with this city I knew nothing about, had no expectations about, but which grew on me so dearly during the last 6 months?

Took some lonely walks. I was uselessly trying to keep a mental image of everything. It won’t work. Pictures? They’re good. They might help but if you don’t have a special bond with the sights, you might not feel with the same intensity the connection of warm nestling in one dear, dear place, no matter how icy and cold it might be.

Said good bye to the swans by the frozen sea shore the other day, such sweet creatures. Still friendly despite the cold. Oh, Tallinn, how i will miss you! The butterflies in my stomach are beginning to sing a chaotically broken song. How I hate this almost bitter-salty taste of growing sadness that petrifies your speech and thoughts. I must go, now.

Stay impressive, lovable and joyful, wild but dignifying as I know you. Keep on growing on other people coming into your life. After all, this is your job. Ah, it hurts to know I was only one of your many and that you will go on. But that is life.

Well, I should be going home now, dear. Whatever that might still mean.
See you! See you soon!

Happy Saint Nicholas!

I hope you were good kids this year, dear people, and that this morning you discovered sweets and treats from Santa’s cousin 🙂

In Romania, the tradition is that children clean up their winter boots the night before St Nicholas and carefully place them close to the door. If they behaved the year before, they will find chocolate, candy and any little toys that could fit in the boots. Unlike Santa, Saint Nicholas (Moș Nicolae) is never seen by kids. They have to be asleep when he comes at night.

It’s the first year that I am not close to my sister on the holidays. Sorry, sis. I hope that the short visit in London and the great time while sightseeing was a wonderful present of itself. The joy should last till Christmas Eve when we will meet again. Can’t wait!

Meanwhile in Tallinn, the third ESN trip to Lapland is about to begin. It will surely be the coldest of them all. The weather forecast showes -24 Celsius, so hang on to those gloves as we will cross the Arctic Circle. First we’ll take the ferry to Helsinki and then the bus for a many-hour trip to Rovaniemi. I hope that the sky will be clear so that I could see the magical Aurora Borealis.To avoid further confusion, yes, I will see Santa, so tell me what you want for Christmas and maybe I can put in a good word for you.