Jul 212009

Versiune în română

I’m back in Bucharest, as you probably guessed. I didn’t get to write about the last 5 days of the New York trip. This “write as you go” experiment gave me a good perspective about what it means to be a travel blog writer. I wanted to post daily but found out that it was difficult. The time it took me to write, correct and post the text was significant, especially considering the fact that I had to do it in two languages. It was also the first time that I travelled carrying a notebook in my bag. Over the course of the day I tried to make notes of everything I saw and did. In the beginning it was a bit of a nuisance to write down everything I found noteworthy but I got the hang of it quickly. And it proved to be very useful. I think I will continue to keep a diary when I travel.

I spent the whole month of June in Bucharest except for a few days at the beginning of the month when I went to the Romanian seaside, more precisely to Năvodari. The occasion was the invitation from a good friend to accompany her to the “Catamarans National Championship” at Marina Surf. It was sunny and we had good weather for the entire five days we were there. I had a great time, my only regret being that the water was too cold for swimming. I think I’m starting to like these “lie in the sun” type of vacations which I didn’t care for before.

Marina Surf beach, Năvodari:

Trying to escape the sun:

The catamarans are ready for the ride:

On Your Marks, Get Set, Ready, Go:

The winners:

Nov 102006

Versiune în română

A few people asked me why there hasn’t been any posting on my blog lately. I guess somebody was reading my ramblings after all. The answer that I prefer is that it was a busy month and I couldn’t find the time to write. The other answer is that I need more self-discipline; I can be pretty lazy at times. I’ll try to behave from now on 🙂

Now back to the title and the topic I wanted to write about. I’ve lived in US for 10 years but I never became interested in American sports. I’ve never watched a baseball game, even though I lived in New Jersey and San Francisco both places where baseball is very popular. Basketball I like and I watched for a couple of years. I started doing it when I was working in Sacramento and the Kings were the standard lunch discussion topic. The peer pressure stopped when I left that job and I stopped watching the games. Football I’ve watched twice, the first being the “historic” Super Bowl with the “wardrobe malfunction”. We were stuck at Tahoe with a friend who wanted to watch it. The second time I watched a football game was last night when I saw the last half hour of the Louisville-Rutgers game. For those who don’t know that about me I went to Rutgers and that apparently makes me a Scarlet Knight. Every time I used to wear a Rutgers t-shit to work people would ask me “Are you a Scarlet Knight?” “No, I would say, I’m European so all I know about is soccer”. What I remember about the Knights was that while I was studying at Rutgers they always lost. It also used to bother me when they had a home game and the whole campus was blocked. I lived on campus and it was a pain to get home on a game day. Last week a friend asked us if we follow the Knights. We said no, why bother, they always loose. He said not this season, they’re winning. Last night he called to tell us that there’s a Rutgers game on ESPN. So I started watching and to my surprise I started liking it. The Knights won and apparently I was lucky enough to see another historical game. The Knights won their biggest game in history, or so the commentators said. Since I don’t know anything about football I don’t know what this victory means. But I’m glad that the Knights won. I liked it at Rutgers.

I took some crappy pictures of the TV to remember this historical win.