Paisprezece povești din luna noiembrie

By | 7 decembrie 2016

Deși a fost frig în noiembrie, n-aș fi stat o clipă în loc.

Un rezumat într-o frază: Bicfalău, Bonloc – Săcele, Zăbala – Covasna, București, Veliko – Bulgaria, Târgu-Jiu – Alba-Iulia și mult Brașov. Anul aproape că s-a terminat, dar decembrie a început deja tare frumos.

Cred că faptul că o să termin curând facultatea m-a făcut să fiu așa. Și multe dorințe neîndeplinite de mai demult. Dacă visezi să călătorești mai mult, doar fă-o pur și simplu. O să devină ca un drog.

Te las cu paisprezece povești din luna noiembrie. Două dintre ele sunt de-ale mele, dar asta pentru că am fost încurajat de un om frumos.

This is Edi, 47. Spent his childhood in Brașov but moved to Targu Secuiesc and forgot how to speak clearly the Romanian language. We did get along though. He approached me by observing that I was using an iPhone. He said that one of his passions is the mobile phones. He switched and sells and buys until he has one that's satisfying for him. He now lives in Brasov again, but was going back to Targu Secuiesc, to his parents but specially to meet with his pals and maybe have a drink. Or two. A quote that I liked from him: "Asta-i viața de artist, noaptea vesel, ziua trist" which means "This is the life of an artist, cheerful at night, sad all day". • You can check more #tudorsstories • #story #storytime #tudorandtrains #tudorincovasna

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From time to time I go to the countryside to see my cousin, Gabriela. She's a lovely lady and even if she doesn't have children yet, she is godmother for three couples and three godsons. This is Radu, on the first of May, one of the three. We were talking today at the university that it is a dogma for a woman to quickly find a man, marry and have children, while for a man the pressure it's not the same. I felt that, 'cause I'm being asked often when will I be marrying and having children, but then I respond to them "I don't know, 35-40." They wonder themselves and stop this discussion. I think that you should do whatever it feels right to you at anytime. Travel, wander, volunteer, wonder, read. • You can check more #tudorsstories • #latergram #iphoneonly

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Last Friday I finally met the guy that gave me the idea for #tudorsstories. He's also called Tudor. We wandered in Bucharest and had a beer at a hipsterish pub, Energiea. Showed me some special places for him, visited a photo gallery and talked about the connections that I make with the people. I couldn't give him any advice but to practice a lot and try to listen more to the persons around him, friends or strangers. He has a really great project on the way connecting people with Bucharest's history. When I'll move here, I'll print a map like his, almost 2×2 meters with the city's map and mark any street I would have wandered and photographed. I liked how he shared his experiences with trains and the sincerity about his jobs. Creative and cool guy.

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Adelina (@adelinadrg) gave me a special notebook last month in which she wrote "because you often write the stories of the others and rarely yours, I thought it would be nice to start thinking about you more". This is a naive version of myself, exactly six years ago, at a team building in Bran. I might be 27 next month but I'd like to be a young spirit forever. My story. Finished high school in 2009 and my cousin, Gabriela (@gabi.keresztes) said that I should choose Brașov as a city for a good university. I did as others advised and followed up on informatics. Hardly, I passed the first year, but I got struck in the second one. Repeated it twice until I finally gave up with this domain (yup, sadomasochistic, and yes, they expelled me). Didn't get the train for 2013 and in 2014 I finally chose with my heart, sociology and PR. From that moment I decided that I'd do only what I like and not what's imposed to me. I'm thinking that it was meant to be that way. I really found a place around my five years younger colleagues. As future plans… I'll wander the world, build my own company and help people. But the focus will be my family. • You can check more #tudorsstories •

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Ruxandra and some of my colleagues were making fun last week of when they'll appear on my #tudorsstories. So here she is. We were tonight at a media training held by three specialists here in Brașov and the people from @showstudent. It was funny my interaction with her, like a synchronicity. I was holding the book that I received earlier, "How to be an Explorer of the World by Keri Smith" and she said she couldn't believe that. She recently made order in her library and stumbled upon the same book and she thought of me, even giving it to me as a present (she's done that before). Anyway, on the way home we started a little philosophical discussion about performing and masks that we put on ourselves and finally about Goffman. Said to her that I have his book, the Presentation of self in everyday life but she couldn't believe. Said that I'd borrow it and did. "Everything happens for a reason" she concluded.

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Here I was at the after party from the TEDx event in the presence of Ada (left) and Toni Galeș. I got the chance to talk with Ada in person about the troubles that the theater Sica Alexandru is having. There might be some corruption involved and all the team of actors wants is to have an inspiring leader and not an authoritarian one. Ada is the voice of courage for her colleagues and stands up for her and their beliefs. I saw her playing last year and I really liked the performance. She has to play in Bucharest since the one in Brașov is closed. For me, it'll be easier to satisfy my thirst of 🎭 because I'll move there the next summer. Toni, her mother, was always there for her and listened to every need that Ada had. I'll want to be like her when I'll be a parent myself. • You can check more #tudorsstories • Managed to finish the blog post and now you can find more about this event on the link in bio.

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In the company's yard we have two cute ugly dogs but one of them bit a little bit one of my colleagues and we've been forced to create a space for them. Above, there's Cosmin and Mihai, two of my friends that came from their free time all the weekend to finish this yard. By the time I finished work at 6 pm, they finished too. From Cosmin I've learned to smoke, good friend 😂. He was anxious this evening when he saw how shiny is his head being bald. Mihai is still happy, he's been recently promoted and he loves what he's doing at the moment. Was a little pissed of because he discovered that someone kicked the back door of his car. He said "good that I take a lot of care for the car and someone f*cks it up". • You can check more #tudorsstories • #story #storytime #gooddeeds #ig_romania #romaniamagica

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Since I started focusing on this project of mine, #tudorsstories, it became easier for me to open up to so different kind of people and to talk with anybody. It's true that I have to pass some very personal details from my life but I get back more. I trust people and they trust me while keeping safely any sensitive information. These days it was the case for a lot of times. Cătălina loves to travel and saw Roma and the Vatican more than the times that I got out of the country – four until now. She is a friendly girl and I enjoyed talking with her on the bus. We were laughing that she and I we are both Moldavians and that we are "conquering the country", that we are everywhere. I like to joke sometimes about myself saying that I'm a Moldavian from Brașov. Above she was searching for special presents and stuff that she'd like for herself. Bought only two hand creams in the end.

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Many times I wonder that to follow the path of least resistance or not. And most of the times I choose the hard way, one more mile. I observed that good things come along. For example, last night I could have taken the bus for two stations while late and cold outside but almost at the end of my walking I met Cristi, a photographer that took bokeh pictures. I started talking with him and in minutes I asked for a photo shoot. He agreed instantly. I took photography seriously only this year, with the #dogwood52 in January (if you're a beginner I really recommend it to you) and storytelling on the 25th of March. I met then @jo_ilie and at that moment I decided that I want to create better stories around the persons that I capture. From tweak to tweak, an experience to another I got to the stories that you may be reading at the moment. It's awesome because I chose this to be be my graduation thesis. And when I do something that I love, I finish it. I've been asked about my future and my future story. I surely won't sit at a desk. Thinking of something like a storyteller or a writer wandering in every corner of the world. • You can check more #tudorsstories • Had a little help with the editing from @helenbmeehan #photography #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #storytime

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Georgiana is one of the most interesting persons that I've met until now. She's a museographer at the Museum of the Romanian Peasant. Very proud of her ethnicity, Macedo-Romanian, her great-grandfathers and she's documenting them. We had a great connection and shared some very personal stories that we both couldn't believe. She has a busy life. Only sleeps 4 to 6 hours per night and could tell that she works almost all the rest of the day. When it's passion, you can't call it work anymore. The museum is being renovated at the moment and the end date is somewhere in 2018. But I'll surely meet her again until then. Above she was holding a beautiful folk costume, one that's fitting short women, up to 1,5 meters. • You can check more #tudorsstories • #environmental #atthemuseum

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The sun isn't quite behind Alexandra, but I still consider this a backlit. A photo that I took a year ago and I like so much. Alexandra recently became the Vice President of @primebrasov, a student organization that I'm really fond of. The experiences that I had between the last December and May were awesome. I've learned how to organize an event, pay attention to the speakers, manage a team and come up with new ideas. This convinced me to follow the public relations domain. We had a funny scene in a gas station, where none of us could have knew what was the problem with the engine, but finally, after fifteen minutes and some help from a worker there, it started. We even thought about some weird frequencies from some antennas around but it wasn't the case. I think that she'll be a great leader in the future, maybe in her own organization. "Portrait: Backlit – The sun makes a great back light, as well as a flash. Don't forget the fill light. A flash or reflector can be used to fill in the subject." #dogwood52 #dogwoodweek46 #dogwoodtudor #ig_romania #backlit #tudorsstories

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