>When the sun is covered by thick clouds, just dance!

>It’s cloudy today and it’s raining. It feels like automn, provided that it is the 1st of September. The sun is somewhere hidden, almost undetactable. Adieu soleil, already? Is there a sun anymore? But what really reminds me that there is still a sun behind those thick clouds is.. nor Chimay blue or Bacardi breezer (my favourite drinks). That thing is called dancing. I started out dancing when I was around 4 or 5. I was at a party with my parents. Feeling lonely and being extremely shy, I took refuge on the side of the dance floor. Then I started hearing the rhythm and feeling it all along my body. I made a step at right and then another one at left. By the end of the night I was the attraction of the dance-floor. Ever since, when I feel down or extremely happy, I dance. It is about joy, about defeating sorrow, about encouraging myself or just to prevent depression or anxiety. With the time, I changed, so did my dancing .. a voluptuous move of the hips, curves drawn in the air by smooth hand motion, a frenetic shake of the bum, contractions of the belly, shoulder up and down. And when you’re least expecting – a kick of foot on the floor and clap. Olé!

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>What I love about Brussels is…

> There are so many things that I love about Brussels. Although my home for the last 5 years, Brussels never stops to dazzle me and make me feel proud of living here. Here are some of the things that I love about Brussels: – the cosmopolitan vibes and the European atmosphere; In Brussels you can taste every other culture from Europe and if you are an expat, you will find so many people like you, coming from all over the world – Brussels is the capital of Europe and showcases most of the European Institutions. Go to Schuman or to Place Luxembourg and you’ll find yourself surrounded by expats, MEPs, lobbysts and so on. Visit the European Commission’s HQ or the EU Parliament and you’ll be overwhelmed by the dynamic of the grand surroundings. – the multicultural events, the variety of concerts, the prolific art. For instance, last week it was the Jazz marathon, a 3day marathon of free jazz music broken down into more than 400 concerts of various styles of jazz: rock, soul, lation and modern – the Japanese tour and the Chinese Pavilion – the music in the metro stops. It is cool to listen to Vivaldi while waiting for the metro – the people from all over the world. Go to Havana on Saturday night and you’ll find there at least 15 nationalities – the panoply of options and possibilities that this city offers – […]

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>What I hate or simply dislike about Brussels

> As an expat myself I have quickly resented the differences between myself and the rest of the inhabitants of the new country that I embraced – Belgium. Living in the capital of Europe for the past 5 years, I have become more and more aware of the habits of Belgians or non-Belgians- “Bruxellois”.  What I  hate or simply dislike about Brussels: – People crowding in front of the exit of the tram/ bus. I don’t get it! Why do we have to be crushed like some sardines or unable to get in the tram, only because a bunch of morons have decided that staying in front of the door is the best thing to do. People, there is plenty of room all along the tram’s corridor and there you don’t risk being asphyxiated. I am extremely frustrated about this, really! In the morning, at the peak hours, it is simply impossible to get in  the tram or bus, only because the passangers sit in front of the exit. So you need to wait another 10 minutes, only because some people don’t have any bit of common sense and stay like statues in front of the door. – Some Moroccons/ Arabs that think if I am not an Arab, I am more likely to end up in their bed.  How many times did I hear this – “Mademoiselle, vous êtes charmante! Un café avec moi?”, “Franchement,  vous êtes ravissante!”- so many times, […]

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>A venit primavara!

>”Un sut in fund e un pas inainte.”“Tot ceea ce se intampla, se intampla cu un motiv.” “Ramai pozitiv si incearca sa iti pastrezi zambetul pe buze, sau macar in inima.” Sunt cateva din sfaturile si incurajarile pe care le-am primit in ultima vreme. Si incerc sa le urmez. Un spirit care ramane pozitiv, merge inainte. De ceva vreme simteam ceva in aer. O apasare, o povara. Evident, trebuia sa aiba loc ceva – o schimbare. Iar primavara a adus cu ea aceasta schimbare. Intai a fost un soc, apoi o incomprehensiune. A urmat mânia, ura, apoi acceptarea. Acum incep sa vad ca era poate solutia de care aveam nevoie. Acum sunt linistita, evident intr-o anumita masura. Privesc viitorul cu incredere si surad la soare. Stiu ca va veni din nou sa straluceasca pe strada mea. Sambata am vazut ghiocei – cred ca pentru prima data la Bruxelles. A fost o zi insorita, cu gugustiuci gangurind timid si alte pasaruici cantand mai arzator. Gradinilor din asa-zisul cartier englezesc din Schaerbeek (eu si Chris l-am denumit englezesc, caci ne aduce aminte de casele din Anglia) le mijeau florile. Ici colo palcuri de ghiocei se aratau umili, puri, naivi si totusi bravi. I-am adorat. Mi-am umplut plamanii de acel aer primavaratec. Mi-am inchis ochii si m-am intors catre soare sa ma hranesc cu lumina si caldura lui. Pasii mi-au devenit mai hotarati si iar calea a devenit mai clara. Acum zambesc. A […]

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>Cand sunt in focul creatiei… creez!

>Uneori imi place sa ma desprind total de lume, sa ma izolez intr-un univers al meu si sa nu fac altceva decat sa creez. Noul flat mi-a dat nenumarate ocazii de a creea, de a imbunatati. Am inceput cu peretii, apoi am continuat cu mobila, apoi cu accesoriile. Intai m-am jucat cu vopseaua si tapetul pe pereti. Apoi m-am jucat cu vopseaua pe mobile, iar cu tapetul pe cutii. Am decorat, am cusut, am creat. Iata cateva dintre creatiile mele. Felicitare Scrinul: inainte si dupa make-up

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>Collocation can be wonderful or simply. .. DISASTROUS

>New lease signed. New tenant for my old room found. Deposit recovered today at the bank after a complicated procedure. Hence, what was more difficult has passed. It is time to say “Good bye” and face with a smile a new beginning. Fingers crossed. Compared to the previous wonderful flat-sharing experiences, the collocation this year was extremely challenging. It required a lot of management skills and taught me a lot about people who are not always what they seem to be. Outdoor some of us can be lovely, fantastic, friendly, trust-worthy and energetic. Indoor the same people can be mean, greedy, lacking of respect, tyrannical, sometimes dishonest or simply ignorant. To deal with these kinds of attitude and behavior changes is really tricky, especially when the person in cause used to be a so-called friend or at least acquaintance. It is strange how sometimes you manage to get a long in a collocation with a person that you hadn’t previously met/known, than with somebody with whom you spent nice time in the past or you helped, hence you knew before. I learnt that we can NOT be loved by everyone (it is impossible) and that in order to avoid a conflict, it is better to face it from the beginning, hence generate it and solve it, at least when it is still not very serious. Small misunderstandings can create HUGE conflicts that can degenerate easily in intense animosity, to put […]

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