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Sunday, July 09, 2006
Urban getaway
I finished this week quite tired. Friday, at work, I could hardly wait to get home and get some rest, which I did, after a short pit stop at Unirea with Cris, as we wanted to hang out and talk a little longer. As I felt the urge of getting out of the city but lacked the time, I suddenly thought of the next best thing that I’ve been planning for months. I looked at her smiling and said “Hey, would you like going to the Botanical Garden with me tomorrow morning?”. Knowing her and her busy plans for the next day, I expected a no. But I got a yes.

So Saturday morning I left with K as he was going to work, got of at Unirea and met her in Regie. We then went along to the Garden. This Garden is extremely close to the Journalism and Communication Sciences Faculty, my first faculty. I remember going there to take photos with my group for a photo lab. Hated the whole deal: one camera for about 8-10 students, one hour for all to take about two photos, and of course, perfection demanded although it was the first time we were given a digital camera…

It was different on Saturday…I came here to get away from the city, the car noises and to find myself in a cool, quiet place where I could let all the pressure gathered in the past few months go away…Small talk with Cristina, taking some leisure snapshots, most of them here, it was really paradise!

When we got out, we felt like we should keep on walking, which we did, to the University and then Unirii again, where we also had something to eat. We then split and went home. But on this second walk around the city, we ended up at an Annual Fair of Collectors.

We saw medals, stamps, old photos, old cards, old coins and bills, old jewelry mixed with new one, ancient-looking swards and guns, anything and everything. A good place to shop for something different, if you were looking for a different type of present, a great place to simply look at things you do not usually see. So I took some more photos.

Tags: Bucharest, Botanical Garden, Fairs

posted by Alina @ 8:54 AM  
  • At 7/09/2006 11:01 AM, Blogger Ali la Loca said…

    Sounds like exactly the kind of place I'd like to spend an afternoon.

    We have a botanical garden here in Maputo, but I've yet to go there. Maybe before Ricardo leaves...?

    Did you buy anything at that funky fair?

  • At 7/09/2006 11:17 AM, Blogger Shirazi said…

    Wish I was there.

  • At 7/09/2006 5:49 PM, Blogger Raluca said…

    You brought back so many memories... I miss that garden.

  • At 7/09/2006 5:51 PM, Anonymous Naomi said…

    Boy, would I love to spend some time here! Your photos are great! In the first one, the landscape looks so peaceful. I could use a little peace about now. :)

    Thank you for visiting my blog and adding me to your blog roll. What a nice surprise. I am adding you to my blog roll, too. I'm having a good time clicking through your site.

    We have a botanial garden where we live. After reading your post, maybe I'll go there for a visit. I know I'd enjoy it.

  • At 7/09/2006 8:59 PM, Blogger Alina said…

    Ali, it is a great place to let it all out quietly. You really shoudl go, take Ricardo and go to see it!

    As for the fair, no, not a thing... Would have liked some stuff but had not enough cash with me and they don't take cards at such fairs :)

    Shi, maybe one day you travel to Romania and I get to show you places like this :)

    Raluca, if you miss it, it means they were wonderful memories...So you will forgive me for it if it hurt a little, I hope :)

    Naomi, thanks for the visit and for adding me! As for the botanical garden, if you go, maybe you can also share some photos! Hope the one there is as quiet as this one!

  • At 7/09/2006 9:34 PM, Blogger the olive ream said…

    I love your excursions..they are all to such wonderful places. I wish I could be there...

  • At 7/10/2006 9:31 AM, Blogger Alina said…

    This one was quite close to home. But it was at the perfect time and I simply loved it!

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