As winter in Romania is not very friendly and having outdoor events is a bit out of the question, main cities of the country were conquered, during the weekends from October to February (2018 and 2019), by a series of events aiming to help the locals discover and taste what their area has to offer in terms of gastronomy and not only. It happened in cities like Bucharest, Brașov, Cluj Napoca, Iași or Târgu Mureș. With dinner, brunch and a gastro tour in search of local producers, old and forgotten recipes and hidden places, but strongly related to the city’s community. Here’s how these weekends were organized and the story behind them.
Now Analog Africa returns to put the record straight. Pop-Makossa shines a light on a glorious but largely overlooked period in the story of Cameroonian makossa, when local musicians began to replace funk and highlife influences with the rubbery bass of classic disco and the sparkling synth flourishes and drum machines of electrofunk.
Since I wrote about our 2018 travels outside of Romania, it seemed legit to offer Romania its 15 minutes of fame and have a summary of the places we checked out in the country last year. We’re mostly traveling around the country during the weekend, except for a more extended seaside trip and a 4 – 5 days hiking trip.
-21°C today, a very cold January day that keeps me from wanting to go out too much and got me thinking about summer and warm days again. A perfect opportunity to have a look at what new places we discovered last year. So for all of you out there in search of some vacation plans, here’s a list of our 2018 destinations in Europe.
It’s been a while since I wrote about the books that got in my hands, and although I don’t have that much time to read as much as I would like to, I still manage to keep up with the “2 books per month” challenge. Here’s an overview of the books I read this year (I excluded the parenting books I focus a lot nowadays).
Rodion Ladislau Roșca is one of the most gifted musicians of the ’70s, whose pioneering experiments in electronic music were lost and found again after nearly 30 years. Clandestine and underappreciated during the communist dictatorship years and devastated by his mother’s death at the end of the ’80, Rodion withdraws from the city, while remaining surrounded by sound and music.