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vineri, 8 septembrie 2017

In the Attick


Ultimele saptamani ni le-am petrecut in Sibiu, oras in care ne-am hotarat sa petrecem iarna si daca lucrurile se asaza poate mai mult timp. Asa ca la sfarsit de saptamana am fost invitati la prima petrecere privata la care am tinut ateliere.
EN: We spent last weeks in Sibiu, the city where we plan to spend the winter and if things work out well, more time. So in the weekend we were invited with our workshops at our first private party.
Pentru ca vremea a fost nehotarata, activitatile le-am desfasurat in pod si ne-am distrat de minune. Copiii, ca de obicei, veseli si interesati, au tras cu arcul, au pictat si au incheiat cu o sesiune distractiva de karaoke.
Because the weather was undecided, we held the activities in the attick and had a great time. The children, happy as usual, were excited by the archery and painted beautiful necklaces and earrings. We ended the evening with a karaoke session.




miercuri, 30 august 2017

From the Beginning

Niciodata nu stim sigur ce ne asteapta pe drum si incotro ne va purta. Cand pornim in calatorie avem un traseu orientativ stabilit, dar de multe ori suntem "furati" de un peisaj sau un indicator sau povestea vreunui localnic si pentru ca ne plac comorile, profitam de indicii pentru a descoperi locuri si oameni interesanti.

EN: We never know for sure what lies ahead and where the road will take us. When we travel, we follow a guideline and have an idea on where we are going, but we mostly let the clues show us the way and a landscape, a local's story or a road sign will take us in a new and interesting location.
Mergand spre Rezervatia Detunatele din Muntii Apuseni, am ales un drum mai putin circulat, marcat pe harta ca "pitoresc" si am facut foarte bine. Pe deasupra peisajului superb si a unui drum foarte liber (dar destul de prost), am dat peste un loc greu de descris in cuvinte, parca iesit dintr-un film suprarealist, musai de vazut: Muzeul domnului Emilian din Almasu Mare.

EN: Driving towards the "Detunatele" natural reserve, in the Apuseni mountains, we chose a less travelled road and it was a wise decision. On top of the wonderful and picturesque landscape and a clear road (although quite bad), we discovered a weird place, taken out of a surrealist movie, worth visting: The museum of mister Emilian from Almasu Mare.
Intr-o cladire construita special, dupa indicatiile domnului Emilian, unde coridoare lungi si racoroase se termina cu usi secrete si cotloane obscure, sunt adapostite colectii de obiecte adunate din toate colturile tarii, amintind de epoci apuse si oameni disparuti.

EN: In a special made building, following mister Emilian's vision, where long rooms end with secret doors and hidden corners, you can find collection of obejcts gathered from all over the world, that are reminders of gone eras and gone people.
Fiecare camera e are o anumita tematica ce reflecta un moment din istoria Romaniei, mergand de la vestigii arheologice din vremuri imemoriale si pana la epoca industriala cu ale sale masinarii grozave si progrese remarcabile.
EN: Each room has a certain theme which reflects a moment in Romania's history, raging from archeological vestige of far away times to the indutrial ear with its great machines and remarcable progress.






Domnul Emilian ne-a insotit pe tot parcursul calatoriei si ne-a oferit informatii despre obiecte (le cunoaste pe fiecare in parte), ne-a aratat cum functioneaza unele dintre cele mai ciudate, a insistat sa ne fotografiem cu ele, chiar  oferindu-se sa fie el fotograful. Muzeul are si o parte in aer liber, cu 2 case decorate traditional si o curte primitoare unde merita sa stai la umbra si sa contemplezi efemeritatea obiectelor si a posesiunilor, sentimentul pe care l-am incercat dupa aceasta vizita in masina timpului. Noi, oamenii am incercat mereu sa ne ocupam cu ceva, parca incapabili sa stam locului si sa folosim ce deja avem, mereu intr-o goana dupa "mai bun". Coplesitoare senzatie...

EN: Mister Emilian was a good guide and he offered infromation about all those objects which he knew by heart, he showed us how some of the weirdest ones work and he insisted that we take photos with many of them, him being the photographer. The museum has an open air section, with two traditional homes and a welcoming yard where you can sit in the shade and take a moment to think of time passing by, objects changing and being left behind to be museum pieces, on how humans always tried to keep themselves busy with something and chased the "better" Quite an overwhelming feeling...

duminică, 20 august 2017

Blessed

 Daca ajungeti in Apuseni, sa va faceti drum spre Detunate, o zona minunata de rezervatie salbatica, munti si vai si paduri cat vezi cu ochii, izvoare reci, pesteri si liniste vindecatoare.
Drumul o sa vi-l arate un cuplu simpatic de oameni buni, care va asteapta la popasul Fefeleaga cu bauturi reci, placinte si ciorba cu taitei de casa, gatite cu drag de doamna Elena.

EN: If you go to the Apuseni mountains, visit "Detunatele", a wild natural rezervation, with mountains as far as you can see, covered with green forests, cold water springs, caves and deep silence. If you need guidance, you will find it at "Fefeleaga", where lady Elena will offer you tasty home made soup, pie and cold drinks.
Locul l-am descoperit prin prietenii care au organizat festivalul Sunshine, care a fost, cum s-a promis din titlu, o uniune a inimilor insorite.
Ne-am simtit minunat, inconjurati de oameni frumosi, copii crescuti cu drag de natura si libertate, seri in jurul focului, jam sessions, cantece la chitara, mese gatite si savurate in comun, ateliere si dicutii cu folos si cel mai important sentimentul de impreuna.
EN: We discovered this magical place thanks to our friends from  Sunshine festival.
We felt wonderful surrounded by beautiful people, children who grow free, loving the nature, evenings around the fire, jam sessions, guitar songs, meals cooked and eaten together, workshops and useful talks and most important we were all a comunity.
Si inspirata de natura si legatura noastra stransa cu plantele, am creat sacosa "Medicine woman", pentru a celebra puterea creatoare si vindecatoare pe care noi toate o primim de la nastere si suntem datoare si norocoase sa invatam sa o punem in slujba celorlalti.
EN: And inspired by nature and our tight connection with the plants world, I created the "Medicine woman" bag, to celebrate the power of creation and healing that we, women are gifted with at birth and we are lucky and we hae the duty to learn about it and use it for everyone's good.

miercuri, 2 august 2017

Roots


 Drumurile noastre ne-au purtat nu departe de casa, in judetul Suceava, la o superba plantatie de canepa, una dintre putinele pe care le avem in tara (Hemp-House-Holding), unde Cosmin cultiva planta polivalenta de la care comercializeaza semintele, frunzele pentru ceai si ulei delicios presat la rece. Desi nu demult canepa era o planta nelipsita din gospodariile romanilor si materia prima principala pentru tesaturile pe care le foloseau zi de zi, sursa de seminte pentru consum si ulei, s-a pierdut o data cu legislatia cel putin ciudata care a incadrat-o in categoria "substanetelor de risc". Din fericire oamenii si-au reamintit-o, i-au redescoperit potentialul si incet, incet ea revine pe ogoare, din pacate nu firesc cum ar fi normal pentru o planta pe care natura a creat-o sa ne bucuram liber de ea, ci cu autorizatii, permisiuni si priviri circumspecte. Dar primii pasi sunt facuti si semintele se imprastie:)
Weekendul urmator, in Salaj canepa va fi sarbatorita la Ziua Canepii, unde cei interesati pot afla despre cum se poate cultiva la noi si ii pot cunoaste pe cei care deja se ocupa de asta si valorifica semintele, fibra, frunzele, tulpinile, pentru ca planta de canepa poate fi folosita integral.

EN: Our roads took us not far from home, in Suceava county, at a wonderful hemp plantation, one of the few we have in the country (Hemp-House-Holding), where Cosmin is cultivating this amazing plant. Even if not long ago hemp was a common sight on the fields of Romania and people used it as main material for fabric and to make oil from the seeds, it got lost because of the akward legislation that proclaimed it  a drug. Luckily people remebered it and rediscovered its potential and slowly, it is coming back, although not freely as a gift from nature, but with authorizations, permission and dissaproving looks. But the first steps have been done and the seeds thrown:)
Next weekend, in Salaj, hemp will be celebrated at Ziua Canepii, where people who are interested can learn about how it can be cultivated in our country and they can meet those who already have plantations and are selling their yield.