Looks like we are beginning a new tradition as we start the new year with a short hiking trip around Sibiu. Last year we had a very short trip around Cisnădioara, because there was a lot of snow and a heavy snowfall was on the way. This year we are not so gifted in terms of snow, as we are still waiting for the true magic of the winter to unfold.

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After recovering from the NYE party, we decided to take a trip around Păltiniş, Sibians favorite winter destination. Păltiniş is a resort 35 km south-west from Sibiu in the Cindrel Mountains and it’s known as the highest resort in Romania, being situated at 1440 m high.

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Andre-Marie Tala is one of the father figures of African music. Born in the western Provence of Bandjoun, Cameroon, his early years were plagued with tragedy. He lost his mother at 4, his father at 12 and then when on to lose his sight 15.

Thankfully, the love of music stayed with him throughout his career and with the help of Manu Dibango he made his first recordings in 1972 and had two hits in Cameroon with Sikati and Potaksima.

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