Sibiu International Theater Festival celebrated its 20th edition this year with great performances, from all cultural areas. It was a mixture of theater, music concerts, theater for children, dance, street performance and circus.  I was happy to be a part of all this and get the chance to see some great acts with great artists.

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Somewhere during last winter, I saw this picture on facebook and said to myself that this would be the perfect place for a summer holiday.

So we started planning the whole trip and here we are, on a Friday morning leaving from Bucharest to Bologna and taking the train to Cinque Terre.

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In the district of Salaj, close to the cities Zalau and Jibou lies a 2000 years old Roman city, with a surface of over 500ha. Nowadays, most of the buildings have disappeared, but traces of the life in the Romans and Dacians era are still visible.

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Porta Praetoria

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The Product were a duo from the small villages Kvistgaard and Espergaerde, in the north of Denmark. Dan Stielow Mortazavi wrote the lyrics and sang while Kenneth Neuhaus composed the music and played the instruments. They met in the Autumn of 1982 and recorded their sole album “Alive Again” over a weekend. It was self-released on cassette in 1983 and limited to 50 copies.

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A sad documentary made by Beny Cosma about a village somewhere in Transylvania where everybody left and only this old woman remained, all alone, with a dog and chicken as her best friends.

Jibou is a small city somewhere in Transylvania. You might even think that there isn’t too much to say about a town of this size. But actually, it hides one of the most beautiful, well organized and maintained Botanical Gardens I have seen so far in Romania.

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MNQ 033 Soviet Soviet - Summer, Jesus LP cover art

Mannequin label from Rome release the “Summer, Jesus” LP by Soviet Soviet, first released on Tannen Records. This post punk LP is a burning mix of new wave and dark geometric linear reflections.

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Somewhere in the direction of Zalau, in a village called Gâlgău Almaşului there is an unique and one of the most weird natural places named by the locals Grădina Zmeilor Natural Reserve.  Translated in English, it would mean The Dragons’ or Ogres’ Garden. In the Romanian folk mythology a ‘zmeu’ is a fantastic creature, imagined as a giant with supernatural powers, embodying evil.

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