Month: October 2016

Romanian feelings

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In France, many small country towns are dying. How many do we know like this? Not long ago, you could find a baker, a butcher, a hairdresser, a corner store or other small local businesses along the main street. They closed one after another, leaving empty windows, some of which have become makeshift art galleries. We have these dying towns all across France. In Romania, we rediscovered what rural life could be. Even the tiniest village is alive: retirees sit in front of their homes and talk while watching the passing cars, kids ride their bikes, a woman leaves the bakery carrying two big loaves and waves to two men in hats, tractors drive by harnessed carts, the terrace at the only neighbourhood bar is packed with people… In short, there’s life. These towns have kept their souls, their energy. The farming culture is still here and you can sense pride in a heritage no one wants to lose. We would love for the rural French towns to fill with people again and spread peace …

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From Banpotoc (farm) with love

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In Banpotoc, John and Andrea introduced us to their neighbours Auntie Tuta and Uncle Costi. Costi brought out his precious bottles of tsuika and afinata. Tsuika is a brandy that’s most often made with fermented plums. Afinata is a berry liquor (in this case, blueberry). Tuta brought out non-alcoholic beverages and popcorn. So there we found ourselves, sitting at a table in their courtyard, trying to understand Romanian under the amused gaze of a mother duck and her 12 ducklings. Costi comes out her precious bottles of tuica and afinata. The tuica is a water of life the majority of time at base of fermented plum and the afinata is a liqueur of berries (in this specific case of the Blueberry). Tuta bring soft drinks and popcorn. We are seated in their backyard to try to understand the Romanian under the eye entertained a cane and her 12 ducklings. This is the only Latin language in the midst of all these Slavic countries, which helped us understand a few words and sometimes even the overall …

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