7 08, 2020

Thanks, Beirut!

2020-08-08T01:00:00+03:007 August 2020|Categories: GANDURI|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The bright side (no pun intended) of the Beirut explosion is that it compelled the tv/radio/online media to stop at last talking exclusively about that stupid virus (stupid it might be, but not as stupid as the aforementioned journalists anyway). Yes, there's much life (and death) beyond this flu on steroids - yes, just a flu - that turned the world into a global prison. And that's enough reason to love this city twice as much. I fell in love with it the moment I started walking its streets a few years ago. Now it hurts me to see [...]

10 09, 2016

Iordania si Liban (VI). Si Atena, ca de fapt acolo am plecat.

2020-08-07T15:48:07+03:0010 September 2016|Categories: DRUMURI|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Flash 1 In drum spre hotel, opresc la un chiosculet de cartier sa-mi iau niste bere. Colectez din frigider oarece cutii, ma prezint cu ele la casa, omuletul imi zice cat costa, nu prea inteleg eu engleza lui aproximativa, asa ca scot din buzunar 20000 de lire. “Oh, no, it's too, too much!” - si imi da inapoi 10000. Ar fi putut sa ma tepuiasca si nici macar nu cred ca m-as fi prins. N-a facut-o, si nici altcineva n-a incercat s-o faca (probabil ar fi incercat taximetristii, daca as fi apelat la serviciile lor, dar am stabilit deja [...]

7 09, 2016

Iordania si Liban (V)

2018-01-25T02:29:30+03:007 September 2016|Categories: DRUMURI|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Am senzatia ca era sa provoc un incident diplomatic si sa fiu si impuscat in the process. Sa vezi cum: plimbare prin centru, s-o mai fac si pe turistul, nu doar pe lenesul care viziteaza terase si restaurante. Plec din Hamra, ca acolo stau, dau o tura prin campusul Universitatii Americane – o tare simpatica oaza verde, racoroasa si mai ales tanara -, trec pe langa Beirut Souks, unde foarte bine scrie “I-heart-Beirut”, si ma indrept linistit spre Martyrs' Square, orientand din cand in cand obiectivul intr-o parte sau alta. Nimic grav pana aici. In jurul Moscheei Albastre si [...]

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