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Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Relax, read a book, take a photo!

They had announced bad weather for the rest of the week, so I decided to make the most of yesterday's sun. So, after school, I took a long walk and stopped by Cismigiu Park to take some more photos of it and to spend some time reading.
Let me tell you that the park looks a lot better since they've refilled it with water. The lake was empty the last time I went there and it wasn't as fun. For more pictures, go to my other blog. After taking the photos, I read a little, then went on with my walk as I was supposed to meet Oana. She brought me my birthday present, the novel Memoirs of a Geisha. I've seen the movie, but let's face it, in most cases the book is better!
As for reading, right now I am devided between the people photography guide I got from my colleagues, DH Lawrence's Women in Love and some occasional reading for my license paper. Will be back with more details on both soon, I hope.
posted by Alina @ 8:47 AM  
  • At 4/11/2006 1:47 PM, Blogger LouLou said…

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  • At 4/11/2006 1:49 PM, Blogger LouLou said…

    Hi Alina

    I think you have a future in photography. :)

    I like this photo a lot.

    Memoirs of a Geisha has been on my nightstand for a while now. Everyone is raving about it. Have promised myself I'll start it soon.

  • At 4/11/2006 9:04 PM, Anonymous oracle said…

    You already have a future in photografy! I think you also have a future in using English!... If the lake was couldn't be a..."lake" then. Most probably the lake was drained, isn't it?

  • At 4/11/2006 9:21 PM, Blogger MoonLightShadow said…

    I've watched the movie 'Memoirs of a Geisha', but didn't read the novel. The movie is nice, but I would have loved to read it before watching it.

    Enjoy it, and tell us more about the other books :)

  • At 4/11/2006 10:22 PM, Blogger Alina said…

    Thanks Lou! After seing the movie, I am definitely interested in the book. But it is on a long waiting list...

    Oracle, it is an artificial lake. Most year, about 8 moths, it is full of water and they have boats on it. Usually, in winter, they let it freeze and turn it into a skating rink. Just because this year they chose to drain it (although the occasional rains did fill parts of it to give it some dignity) for a while does not mean it will never be a lake again...To me, there is a lake in Cismigiu. It is not permanently drained or permanently not drained, so how should I refer to it?

    Moon, I will tell you all about it, but first I have to get to reading it...As I was saying to Lou, it is on a waiting list :)

  • At 4/12/2006 1:18 AM, Blogger Safiya said…

    The book is so much better than the film. It's been years since I read it, but I can remember devouring it over a weekend. It's one of those books where you feel transported to another world.

    I thought the film was good (I love Gong Li), but the book really is far better.

  • At 4/12/2006 7:48 PM, Anonymous oracle said…

    'Drained' looks more appropriate than 'empty'... For English speakers...

  • At 4/12/2006 7:55 PM, Anonymous rofranglofon said…

    Usually a 'lake' is for a Mother Nature's work. You have there a 'pond'...

  • At 4/12/2006 8:21 PM, Blogger Alina said…

    Safiya, I look forward to reading it! I had a feeling it was better than the movie and you confirmed it.

    Oracle...maybe. I me it was empty the last time, not only drained...No people, no birds around it nothing...If you like and really think English speakers would not get it, ok, the lake was previously drained...

    Rofranglofon...I dunno...Look here:
    a small lake; "the pond was too small for sailing"

    I guess it is a pond because its dimensions, not because it is man-made. Yet they have boats on it...I really am not sure.

    More here:
    A pond is a body of water smaller than a lake. However the difference between a pond and a lake is subjective. Pond usually describes small bodies of water, generally smaller than one would require a boat to cross. Though not generally accepted, some regions define a pond as a body of water with a surface area of less than 10 acres. ...

  • At 4/14/2006 1:42 PM, Anonymous ai kiu said…

    Don't overuse dictionaries! That leads to the exhaustion of neurones...

  • At 4/14/2006 1:55 PM, Blogger Alina said…

    Ai kiu, almost everything leads to that these days...:D

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