Monthly Archives: June 2014

Manu Chao in Timisoara!

Another of the good things, that summer brings, are the music live… there are several music festivals and concerts almost every weekends around Romania. I went already to Electric Castle Festival in the county of Cluj the last weekend (but I’ll write about that later on, because this experience deserves a post by itself) and the last Wednesday, for example we went to Timisoara to watch Manu Chao.

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One of the things with which I enjoy the most here in Romania is that for any event whenever we get together a lot of friends from that great family which is EVS (and not only EVS, also friends that work or study here) so people from Craiova, Cluj, Oradea, Arad, Resita… from more than ten different countries met us for the Manu Chao’s concert. And it was a really great night: after one hard day due to the heavy rain that was falling during most of the day we arrived at “Muzeul Satului Banatean” and then the rain stopped and we could enjoy with  more than two hours of show in which we didn’t stop dancing.

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After the concert we went to the backstage and then Manu Chao appeared sharing food and drinks for all of us, taking pictures, signing autographs and the most important, talking with us, he was surprised to see a big group of friends together from so different countries. We explained him about EVS, about our different projects and also we were talking about a load of topics with him, I think everybody left the concert with a great satisfaction; after the great show they made on the stage, he was really kind with all of us, despite being a world-famous star, no ceases to be a completely sociable, talkative and close person.

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Ne Vedem!

P.R.

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Summer is Here

Summer is here and, as always, it has a good side and a bad side. In the good hand we can take a walk through the cherry trees that garnish the streets of Arad full of its red berries, if the weather is really hot we can go to the Neptun Lido, besides the fortress of Arad and have fun with the different swimming pools, someones with hot springs (smell of eucalyptus) another with slides and also there are several places to eat something and, why not, take a beer for only 2 lei!

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Another advantage that summer brings is the goods you can find in the open market a lot of fruits and vegetables very cheap (cheaper than the big supermarket chains where we are used to buy) and, definitely more tasty and healthy. Now is the best period to enjoy of the Romanian goods, it’s easier to eat better spending less money.

But not everything are advantages in this period for us, the schools and kindergarten shut down so we aren’t gonna work anymore with our children, after nine months we’ve taken a load of affection to them. We’ve tried to teach them and I think, in general, we’ve done a good job but, honestly, I think I’ve learnt more with them than they with me. Sometimes we forget the language is something else than connected words, the gestures, the looks, the expressions… children are able to remember you the worth of all of this. There are been 9 month full of emotions, hugs, dedicated drawings, smiles and tons of fun. We’ll remember them as, I’m sure, they’ll remind us.

Ne vedem!

P.R.

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I don´t like to boast, but I´m from Malaga (Castles)

In the province of Malaga there are more than a hundred of castles and fortresses although many of them were destroyed after the Christian Reconquest or are in a state of ruin. The most of them were building during the Muslim period and others were older, from the period of the Romans or Phoenicians, but they had their heyday during the Muslim period.

It is in the capital, in the city of Malaga, where we contemplate three of the best examples of fortified buildings that exist in the province: theAlcazaba”,Gibralfaro Castle” and the Coracha”. The Alcazaba is occupying the east end of the city walls on a hill 130 meters high. It is possible that originally was a Phoenician construction, but surely was Roman and later Arab. Residence of Muslim and Christian kings and rulers, was built by BadisMaksan and between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries, was renovated and merged with the Gibralfaro Castle, a building that occupies much of the top of the mountain of the same name. The Coracha is the wall that connects the two buildings. For more information, click here.

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Other major fortifications of the Malaga province are in coastal municipalities. In Fuengirola is located the Sohail Castle, built in the mid-tenth century by Abd al-Rahman III on a hill by the sea. Although it was virtually destroyed during the Christian reconquest, now fully restored and used as a concert hall. In Marbella in addition to remains of the ancient city walls, also find remains of its Moorish castle of the X century. In Estepona, ruins of the walls of the “Nicio castle (IX century) and watchtowers along its coastline asTorre Arroyo Vaquero”,Los Baños”, theGuadalmansa” or theVelerín”, among others.

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Once inside the province, there are some municipalities that stand out in this chapter of fortified buildings: Antequera with its Alcazaba and declared a National Monument set in which highlights its Homage Tower (Torre del Homenaje) that is considered amongst the largest of al-Andalus, with the exception of the Calhaorra in Gibraltar. It is surmounted by a Catholic bell tower/chapel (Templete del Papabellotas) added in 1582.

Ronda with the old Urban Walls of XII century, and the door Almocábar” as one of the best known. Built in the thirteenth century and was modified under Charles V. It consists of three successive doors plus two side semicircular towers. These served as housing for the guard. Its name comes from the Arabic “Al-maqabir” as it is located near the old Muslim cemetery.

Teba, with its Star Castle (Hisn Atiba) The fortress, which no previous archaeological evidence relevant to the Almohad Empire period although it is estimated that it was the Romans who began construction occupies an area of ​​25,000 square meters (the biggest castle in Malaga) and has two walled enclosures. The exterior adapts to the ground, has Barbican northeast and has 18 square towers, except for a circular located northeast and another octagonal to the north. It has three doors, the front facing west, towards Ronda, and two smaller, facing north and northeast.

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Another facilities very interesting are the “Hisn Canit” Castle located in Cañete La Real and the “Bentomiz castle” in Arenas. But these are only a little sample of all the fortress, castles and watchtowers that nowadays are preserved, most of them are not very impressive buildings but a lot of them have been witness the most important events in the history of the region.

 

Ne Vedem!

P.R.

 

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