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Foxnomad designates Craiova the city to visit in 2014 (?!?)

I’ve been occasionally watching FoxNomad’s writings and adventures around the world. He’s a travel guy and that’s what he does: he travels and makes our travels easier with tips, tricks and insights from various places. And this time, as I found out on Facebook by accident today, he’s venturing into the dream city of Craiova. He’s already there, even posted a photo with him, the lady mayor and some local bloggers. Yes, including the almost infamous Blogatu. 

Evil side note: I had no idea that spellchecking also does visual analysis nowadays and I was stunned to see the autocorrector on iOS asking if I want to autocorrect his internet stage name to “bloat” …

Back to whatever I was talking before this guy. Apparently, FoxNomad started a contest and there was a vote for the best cities in the world to visit. And Craiova won. I shit you not. How, you might ask?
Well I assume 1 of 2 things:
  1. all the readers of FoxNomad were oltenians (romanian people living more or less near Craiova)
  2. the voting was hijacked and staged in some way
So, in the name of all holy, why? I’ve seen the voting and the brackets and I can tell you this: there were way too many romanian cities in there. And as a fellow romanian having visited the ALL, I can safely attest that there;s no mentally sane person in this world that would give up the Bahamas for Alba Iulia or Singapore for Timisoara. And I live in Timisoara…
I’m not sure if this was a local tourism / political stunt to attract tourists or not, but I’m not sure it’s such a good idea. A few years back, people came out on the streets with scythes and axes for fun after nightfall. Just for fun. Besides, no infrastructure. No scenery. No cultural landmarks. No notable events. No heritage. So how did this city win, then? How? 
So, there you have it. Food for thought. And yes, yes, you’re welcome!

Ready, steady, go 2014!

It’s been a hectic 2013 full of twists and turns for plenty people, including myself. Decisions were made and be they good or bad, they got us up to this point in time, where reflectin might be upon us in one way or another. I usually do lists and compare, since it’s the easiest thing to manage retroactively, but there’s some things you can’t refference as list items. Or at least you shouldn’t anyway. One of the reasons I’m telling you all of this is that I woke up today to come to terms with the best New Year’s Eve “marathon” I had in – well, let’s face it – a few years now… And I just wanted to put that out there…

For the record, I don’t regret 2013 for it has taught me plenty. I’ve learned that I’m worth the while and that I’ve become resilient enough to can carry my own weight and then some! I’ve grown aware of my own presence and potential. Maybe also bit smug, nonetheless, but that’s a bit of an overstatementand undercompensation, since there’s been plenty times where being the good guy ended up kicked back and recoiling in my own forehead (and disadvantage) most of the times… I’ve been shown alternatives, had my eyes open to various things and have learned the power and advantages of being able to exercise discipline. And most and foremost, I found that long lost balance between being there for others and being there for myself.

2014 started out great. The “marathon”, the people, the fun and the emotion… Just some of the things I’m keen on experiencing more over the course of this year… For the other things, I’ll be preparing a traditional list these days. Or a resolution, as some might call it… And I can already tell it’s going to have a bit of travelling in it. And for the other things, to be decided, still, so stay tuned! But what about you? Have you already decided what your plans are for this year? :)

Paradoxal vorbind…

Cel putin in ultimele doua zile, soselele timisorene s-au dovedit a fi mereu surprinzatoare. Si de cand se pare ca surprizele si paradoxurile se-aduna si se tin lant, nu m-ar mira maine sa vad ca dom’ Primar va vrea sa faca un mini-accelerator de particule sub soseaua de centura a orasului… Serios, oameni buni, se poate.

Ieri am vazut utilaj de deszapezit pe sosele. Interesanta chestie, ce sa zic? Iarna trecuta mi-am cumparat singur lopata si mi-am facut poteca cu bara fata de la masina… Si azi… Oooooh, mi s-a rasturnat lumea, ca sa spunem asa, cand am vazut ca imposibilul a fost facut posibil…

Am vazut un caz cronic de blonda platinata cu push-up-uri din buze pana-n tocuri facandu-si selfies cu un iPhone5 alb la semafor dintr-unwaaaaait foooor iiit! … Opel Meriva!

Da, in hidosenia asta de minivan pentru barbatul resemnat si subjugat care si-a indeplinit unicul scop in viata – sa procreeze… Paradoxal vorbind, cine stie, poate maine o sa vad ADP-ul tractand Peugeot-ul comunitarilor pentru parcari neregulamentare… Sau delfini pe Bega… Sau trafic in Analytics…

 Cine stie, cartile se pare c-au fost bine facute si asta inseamna ca s-ar putea intampla orice…