Ursula Meier won the Silver Bear in the 2012  Berlin International Film Festival with the movie Sister, L’enfant d’en Haut, being it’s Swiss original name.

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Two days of physical effort, without being tired, but feeling so light and relaxed, surrounded by all the beauty that nature has to offer. This is how our trip to the Bârcaciu Chalet was.

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Gasland is a 2010 American documentary written and directed by Josh Fox. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2011, the film focuses on communities in the United States impacted by natural gas drilling and, specifically, a method of horizontal drilling into shale formations known as slickwater fracking.

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Here is a short video on some of the medieval churches and palaces Transylvania has to offer. Filmed in Prejmer, Viscri, Sighișoara, Biertan, Câlnic and Carta. The Chocolates of Life also visited Calnic and Carta and planning to visit the others this summer. Enjoy!

‘The invisible man’ was Ralph Ellison’s only book published while alive, a book that addresses many of the intellectual and social issues that African-Americans faced in the twentieth century. It’s a fictional book, but it has also a historical importance .

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I finally got to my last post on Krakow, which was a very nice trip for 2013, the city getting to impress me much more than initially expected.

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Belaboris was born in 1982 as the brainchild of Finnish producer Kimmo Miettinen. He would put together an all-girl band that looked great in photographs but were backed by professional musicians.

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The first line-up was Vilma Vainikainen on main vocals, Sisko Vainikainen and Rita on back-up plus Jake and Mari who did not sing at all. The backing band behind Belaboris was a local New Wave group called Tyhjät Patterit ( which translates to Empty Batteries). The main songwriter was Esa Ijäs (guitar, synthesizer) along with his bandmates Ari Ijäs (bass) and Martti Jalonen (drums).

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When visiting Krakow, we took a day to go to Wieliczka (a village close to Krakow), where is one of the oldest and biggest salt mines in Europe. With a length of about 300 km, the mine was built in the 13th century and has actively extracted salt until 2007, being one of the oldest mines still in operation.

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We visited the Valea Cetatii Cave when we went to the Rasnov Citadel and the Rasnov Fortified Church. It’s a cave that was only opened for visitors in 2011, but that was discovered about 60 years ago.

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As I moved to Sibiu in September 2013, I was planning to write more about the places I like in this lovely city from the heart of  Romania. It did take me some time to get me moving, but here it it, my first article from the Sibiu Series  – The Small Square (Piata Mica).

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