Grand Festa HARU URARA

Hello! How are you, guys?

I know this post may come late at night (it’s 9 p.m. here as I’m writing it; posted at 11 p.m.), but I have a good reason for posting at such a time on a Saturday.

I’ve spent my day in a delightful way, by taking a long walk, sipping on a good cup of coffee and treating myself with sweets. However, it gets even better! For the first time ever, I’ve been to the Japan Days celebrated here in Romania (unfortunately, I found out about the event at its end). Still, I managed to go to a great “concert.”

I’ve only reached home and seated down to write this article.

Now, let’s start talking about what you are interested.

I think that when one starts to learn a new language, interacting with the culture, art, and history of that country is just as important. The language is widely influenced by these things. That’s why, when I have the chance to go to a festival, a concert, or a speaking session, I do what I can to get there. I try to see missing it as “Not an option.”

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Mondays Can Be Fun!

Oh! I’ve been dying to write this post all week. Unfortunately, due to some school projects, I didn’t have the necessary time to actually sit down and write a post. But I finally do!

I am still so excited that it’s hard to find my words – which is not flattering for a writer, you know?

As you could have already guessed, my post is somehow related to a Monday day. We always hear people complaining about how awful the beginning of the week might be, especially after a relaxing weekend, but it wasn’t my case!

Thanks to my lovely friend, Diana (thanks again, darling), I got to see The Hollywood Vampires!

Wait. What?!

Yes; no joke, guys.

I adore Johnny Depp, but I had no idea he had been part of a band. (Did you know that at first he wanted to be a singer?). My friend knew about how much I appreciated him as an actor and how tremendous it would have been for me to see him in person and offered to get me an invitation. I was like “Let me document myself a little bit,” because there was no way I was going to the concert of a band I didn’t appreciate just for the sake of seeing one person.

After listening to several songs, I called my friend and accepted her offer.

And I didn’t regret.

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Damn, they are really good. The concert was great! I was also impressed with Joe Perry’s and Alice Cooper’s performance. Johnny appeared kind of sad to me, but it is understandable as his mother had passed away in May and he’s getting a divorce.

They mostly do covers, and if you like rock music, you should definitely give them a try. As far as I know, they are on a tour in order to promote their album in Europe and have decided to start it in Romania – which is well-known for Dracula story, or Vlad Tepes legends, and let’s not forget the famous Bran castle. If you have the opportunity to go to their concert, don’t hesitate. You won’t be disappointed.

What can I say more? I hope your week had been as awesome as mine.

Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.

– Johnny Depp

Trips and Tips

  • A nice trip

I had another post in mind for today. However, I went on a trip to the mountains with some of my friends and I didn’t find it fit to write it (at least, not today). I felt that I have to tell you how it had been, especially because I had a great time.

It has been the first time when I went with only my friends on a trip (no parents or teachers involved). So you can guess it was a very big deal.

We went to Sinaia, a mountain resort in Romania. We’ve chosen it over the seaside because even if it too hot for this season, the water is not nearly as warm as it should be. We’ve stayed there for three days, including the arrival and the departure. It isn’t a long period of time, I know. I wish it had been longer. But we still managed to visit the city, the park, and some important tourist attractions.

The Peleș Castle has been tremendously impressive. There lived King Carol I and Queen Elizabeth. It was the first castle to be entirely electrified on the continent. Did you know that it was and is still considered to be one of the most beautiful castles in Europe?

There’s no surprise since it combines three to five architectural styles – and I’ve only seen 50 rooms out of 300! It is a magnificent thing as the castle, taken as a whole, is harmonically designed. But just imagine German Neo-Renaissance, Italian Renaissance, French Baroque, Art 1900, all gathered in one construction.

I’ve seen rooms as one could only imagine or read about. It took by surprise all my senses. So many purposeful chambers and secret doors. I felt like in a labyrinth… or a royal trap. I find it difficult to live in such a place. It has the power to make one (whoever he might be) weak and meaningless.

History passionate should definitely check it out if they get to Sinaia.

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  • Be one with nature

Green dominated this trip. Forest, fresh spring grass, parks… it was refreshing. I’ve visited the park which is quite big, even though not as large as when I was a mere child.

Just make sure you do spend some time outside, ”ín the wild”. Having fun and visiting are important aspects; but in the century in which people are oblivious regarding nature, you should make a difference.

I don’t say that you should put your life in danger by in the dark depths of the forest where you could meet a not-so-friendly bear. However, take the chance to inhale the clear air, to see places you haven’t seen before, to make a picnic (but please, for God’s sake, don’t let all the trash behind you).

Many persons must learn to respect the surroundings and to let them as they had been found, for the joy of the future newcomers.

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5 Tips for a Successful Trip

 

  1. Plan ahead!

    Don’t let it on the last-minute to buy the tickets (if you need any), or to make a booking. Also, don’t go on a trip with the hope you’ll find some offers for accommodation because you might be wrong – unless you have a ”plan B”.

  2. Do some research!

    Make a list of the landmarks you want to visit. Be sure to read a little about the history of the place you are going to visit. It will make you staying so much easier if you plan on visiting something.

  3. Choose your clothes wisely!

    Think how you could combine the clothes before throwing them into a luggage. You’ll end up by saying ”I have nothing to wear!”. Furthermore, don’t take too many clothes. If you go somewhere by train, they will be harder to carry the. However, be sure to take one cosy blouse in case there will be some heavy raining and cold weather.

  4. Explore!

    From the very beginning, search for places where you may eat, supermarkets, tourist routes, taxi stations, so you can have an overall view of the place. It comes in handy at times.

  5. Look on the bright side of things!

    Something may go wrong. It happens. Don’t stress yourself about it. Try to enjoy the rest of the trip and cheer yourself up. You should have fun and make memories.