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Thursday, February 02, 2006
Nature's free shows

The Black Sea is quite an attraction for Romanian and foreign turists during summers. But this winter, it thought it should change the routine. As it contains less sault than other seas around the world, it froze to display a major show that gathered people from different parts of the country to see it.

My dad was one of these less than 24 hours tourists. As I could not go with him (work, exams, the usual routine), I made a special request for pictures as I was sure it would be an amazing view. I was right, and I thought to share it with you. The rest of the pictures are posted on my other blog. Take a look and enjoy!
posted by Alina @ 5:11 PM  
  • At 2/02/2006 10:31 PM, Blogger bart said…

    so often i've found the black sea enchanting, in so many different ways...

    the colours are so different to the seas elsewhere, the people are so friendly and in which country would people call the jellyfish the "medusa" which i found so brilliant and so poignant, it's almost as if the black sea coast is one of the few remnants of a history that most of europe seems to have forgotten or forsworn...

    thank you for the pictures, a flood of memories comes back as becomes the high tide of life...

    keep well...

  • At 2/03/2006 9:41 AM, Blogger Alina said…

    You are right, the Black see is very different from others. And yes, we call jelyfish "meduza" which to me seems as the most appropriate name for them, the first I've used.

    We do keep very different parts alive inside us: the Greek culture that influenced the seaside area mostly, the Roman Empire, our pride to have some of their blod in hours, the reminders we keep of all the empires that fought over us later in the Middle Ages...we mixed it all in us and I think that is one reason for our ability to adapt almost everywhere.

    The Romanian Black see, along with all our country's landscapes. has indeed a powerful magnetism. Presented in the right moment of the day, they create a need to always come back and take a new look. To bad we really have no idea how to use this in our advantage.

  • At 2/03/2006 7:51 PM, Blogger Ali la Loca said…

    Oh, Alina. I just realized that I committed a faux paus when I commented the other day. You are Romanian, not Bulgarian!!! I think I saw Bucharest in your profile and the 'B' stuck in my head. Oh, what an idiot I can be.


  • At 2/04/2006 2:58 AM, Anonymous watchdog said…

    You said something about the "...ability to adapt almost everywhere." Nice... Go to this page ( and for the sake of righteousness you may revise the statement...

  • At 2/04/2006 3:28 AM, Blogger loloma said…

    Very nice, very nice! I haven't been there for a long time and I was always wondering how the place looks like in winter, so I'm reaaally happy you decided to show us. Thanks.

  • At 2/04/2006 8:56 AM, Blogger Alina said…

    Ali, relax :) It's no big deal, now that you take me for what I am, a Romanian :D.

    Watchdog, the fact that the West is no longer such a calling, the fact that job offers here are improving, does not prove a thing. I know people who left in different countries of the world and they are all fine. My point is that we can adapt in most places, to almost any people, warmer, colder, on whatever continent you want. The fact we are not leaving that much is indeed a good thing, but is no proof of the fact I am wrong.

    Loloma, I am glad you liked the pictures. I only saw the Black See in winter once, when I was about 10, but it was hot enough to sunbathe.

  • At 2/04/2006 10:03 AM, Blogger LouLou said…

    Kayla these images are so beautiful!
    Too bad you couldn't make it in person. But I hope things are going well with your work, exams etc....

  • At 2/04/2006 2:44 PM, Blogger irina said…

    Great idea to show the frozen Black Sea (I wonder if you spell it "Black See" with a purpose...)
    It seems surreal... and so far away...

  • At 2/05/2006 8:16 AM, Blogger Alina said…

    Lou, thank you. I have only one exam left, so I am almost done :)

    Irina, there was no particular reason. Just rushing to post :). Anyway I kept the title as it was, See, as you are right, it has a better meaning that way.

  • At 2/06/2006 3:17 AM, Blogger Safiya said…

    When I was a child, I used to live by the sea. We used to have massive jellyfish washed up on the shore. Our favourite thing to do would be to dare each other to stand on them with our bare feet!
    Hope the exams go well :)

  • At 2/06/2006 1:05 PM, Blogger Alina said…

    Thank you Safiya, I also hope it will go well. I liked to play with the jellyfish in the water, holding them and stuff like that.

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