A REALLY SHORT STORY

One thing you might not know about me is that I love writing even though nowadays I don’t have as  much time to write as I’d like. But as I was going through some old files through my computer I found these short stories and scenes I wrote for my Creative Writing class last year.

Here’s one of the pieces I wrote:

‘I’ve missed this.’ I told him.

‘I’ve missed the sound of waves crashing onto the shore. It’s like the sea sings this beautiful symphony that makes my heart feel safe and my soul at home. I’ve missed the sea breeze, this salty, yet fresh air that invades my lungs and makes my blood rush through my veins. I’ve missed the feeling that warm sand gives me whenever I walk down the beach. But what I’ve missed the most was just looking at the endless blue that makes me feel so small and powerless yet so alive and happy. I can’t believe I’m here again. I love it.’

‘And I love you.’ He said as he hugged me from behind and kissed me on the cheek.

‘I love you too. Thank you.’

‘Thank me for what?’

‘Thank you for everything. Thank you for bringing me here. Thank you for loving me so selflessly. Thank you for making me happy.’

‘No, my dear, thank you. Thank you for coming into my life and making me so immensely happy. Not a minute goes by without feeling grateful for all the love you give me. I couldn’t even imagine my life without you.’

We were looking into each other’s eyes. My heart was pounding so hard I thought it was going to break through my chest. I felt like all my life led to this moment. He kissed me and I swear that when our lips touched, I could taste the next fifty years of my life.

At that moment the alarm went off. I tried to hold on to that moment for as long as I could, but it was too late. I was already waking up.

Alex D.

Good Food Friday: Green Peas Summer Salad

This recipe was mostly an invention. I basically took whatever I had in the fridge and put them all together.

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Here’s how you do it!


Ingredients:

  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 big onion
  • 5 small cucumbers
  • 1/2 small bowl of corn
  • 1 small bowl of peas
  • 5 spoons of mayonnaise (or as much as you like)
  • condiments: salt, pepper, ground ginger, curry

Instructions:

  1. Chop the tomatoes, the onion and the cucumbers.
  2. Boil the corn and the peas if they’re frozen or fresh out of the garden.
  3. Mix them all together.
  4. Add the mayonnaise and the condiments.

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Enjoy!

Alex D.

TAKE A WALK THROUGH CLUJ NAPOCA’S BOTANICAL GARDEN

The city I’m studying in, Cluj, is one of the biggest and, dare I say, best cities in Romania. Being a university center and host to many national and international events, there’s always something you can do and visit.

One of the places that one could visit all year around (even though it’s more beautiful during Spring and Summer) is The Botanical Garden (Alexandru Borza Cluj-Napoca University Botanic Garden). It’s a great place to go, take photos or a walk or read a book.

Here are some photos I took during one of my visits.

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5-horzSo if you ever get a chance to visit Cluj, don’t forget to go to the Botanical Garden!

Alex D.

Shall I compare thee to a (rainy) summer’s day?

I just love a good ol’ rainy day. Especially in the summer. It’s so comfy to take a break from the hot weather and stay in bed enjoying a hot cup of coffee or tea, reading a book, watching a film or listening to some good music. Aahhh, I just love that. It’s like for a moment my life is worry-free.

 

Oohh, and that amazing smell of rain… You know what I mean. It’s fresh, yet at the same time old, somewhat strange, yet so familiar. I’ve always wondered how can rain be two things at the same time. It can pour aggressively and make you feel so calm. It can be so loud and at the same time so quiet. I swear, there’s nothing more beautiful…

 

Sometimes, I think, we don’t appreciate rain enough… It gives us the opportunity to take a little break from all the craziness our life is and enjoy the tranquilty it offers… Even if just for a second…

Alex D.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight – A Book for the Summer

One of my favourite books is one I bought some time ago from Germany, while I was travelling and is called The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

The book tells the story of a young girl, well a teenager, who has to fly from the US to London, for his father wedding. Of course, she doesn’t want to. She misses her flight and, call it faith or chance, but at the airport she meets a boy, who happens to also fly to London and has his seat next to her.

Yes, it is a love story, but it isn’t your normal love story (or at least I don’t think so).  The whole book takes place in more or less 36 hours and it has a lot of things happening in such little time that you don’t have time to get bored.

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All in all, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Time is one of my favourite books and I recommend it to anyone who wants an easy read this summer. However if you find the plot interesting, but you’re not into reading, there’s a film coming out soon so you could wait for that.

Here are some of my favourite quotes from the book:

“It’s not the changes that will break your heart; it’s that tug of familiarity.”

“Love is the strangest, most illogical thing in the world.”

“He’s like a song she can’t get out of her head. Hard as she tries, the melody of their meeting runs through her mind on an endless loop, each time as surprisingly sweet as the last, like a lullaby, like a hymn, and she doesn’t think she could ever get tired of hearing it.”

Do you have a favourite book?

Alex D.

Take a trip to Romania

I was searching for some old photos and I found some from last year’s roadtrip and I thought I should share with you some places that you should visit if you ever decide to come to Romania. I honestly think you would like it. It has mountains, sea and great architecture!

1. Balea Lake

Balea Lake is a glacier lake in Fagaras Mountains in Romania

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2. Bran Castle

Bran Castle is one of the most popular landmarks in Romania, thanks to the legend of Dracula attached to this castle.

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3. Peles Castle

Is the only Romanina castle that still belongs to the Romanian Royal Family.

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4. Monasteries

I can’t say I’m a religious person but it’s always interesting to see the architecture and the history behind many of these places.

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5. The Black Sea

It’s true it’s no Greece, but nevertheless it is a beautiful place worth seeing.

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Of course there are plenty of other beautiful places that you can visit in Romania, but these are some of the places I saw on my roadtrip. Hope you like them!

It’s all about being happy, people!

Alex D.

10 things that make me happy

We can all agree this is a “mad world” we live in. Everybody is in a hurry to save time and make more money and we don’t even realize that life just passes by. So, why don’t we all stop for a moment, take a deep breath and enjoy the little things for a change.

What are these little things, you might ask? Well, let me help you with that. I made a list of 10 little things that might make you enjoy life.

1. Rain.

I know I know… Rain gets you wet. Rain makes you sick. But, think about this. You are at home or in a lovely coffee shop, with a good book or film and a good ol’ cup of coffee (or tea). Doesn’t that sound good? Rain is one of the few things that can make the world stop from its hurry, even if just for a moment.

2. Good music

What would this world be without it? Music is one of the most powerful things we have. It can make you happy. It can make you nostalgic. It can make you feel anything you need to feel and it’s always there for you. No matter what. So take a minute and listen to your favourite song without doing anything else. See how you feel after that.

3. Good food

There’s nothing like good food. NOTHING! If enjoying something delicious doesn’t make your taste buds and yourself happy I don’t know what will. Just think for a moment about your favourite food. Come on! Close your eyes and taste it! See, just thinking about it makes you drool… Now, go! Treat yourself!

4. Reading a good book

What better way to escape reality than a good ol’ book? You can go anywhere and be anyone you want from the comfort of your bed! You can go to places you’ll never be able to go otherwise. You can be a hero/heroine, a villain, heck, you can be an animal if you want! Plus, you learn tons of new and interesting things!

5. Watching a film

Imagine this. Friday night. Your comfy couch and your pj’s. Your favourite film. Maybe your favourite person. Some good food and a bottle of good wine. THIS IS LIFE!

6. Watching tv shows

Now, the thing with TV shows it that they can either make happy or incredibly stressed and angry. I know I always have mixed feelings when I watch one. But, then again, wouldn’t it be boring if TV shows would be plain and simple?

7. The sea

For me, the sea, is one of the most beautiful things. The sounds of the waves, the breeze… It gives me so much inner peace and I feel so relaxed, that I could spend a whole day just looking at it!

8. Travelling

This might be my favourite thing to do. If only I had the money and the time. It’s spectacular to go and see new places, meet new people, learn new things. So, if you can, go. See the world. Embrace its cultures. Be happy!

9. Cooking

This one, might not be the happy place for everyone, but for me it is. It’s the best way for me to clear my mind and organise my thoughts. And I get to cook something that is usually delicious.

10. Seeing other people happy.

If I see strangers  and my close ones happy and smiling it makes me feel so warm and fuzzy inside. Of course you can’t know for sure why strangers are smiling, but you can always assume. The old lady smiles because her nephews called her. That girl from the bus maybe just got some good news. You should try it one day. Stop looking at your phone and start looking around. You might be surprised with what you see.

It’s all about being happy, people!

Alex D.