Some nice areas of Bucharest

There are a lot of places in Bucharest which I never been to. And its a pity because some of them are really interesting from my point of view.

For example, last week we went to Obor train station to pick someone and the train was late as usual and we just strolled around. It was such a lovely Autumn day, sunny and warm.

And then out of nowhere a beautiful cat…

It was so pretty and it kept meowing but never came close to us. I think she probably knew I was going to steal her if I would’ve gotten my hands on her. I know, I know, I already have a cat at home and he’s been keeping me busy lately and it’s not nice to steal.. but it was so pretty.

Anyway, as I was saying we strolled around and went to the park, we went up on the old bridge that overlooks the train station, we went to a nice bistro had an omelette, and I even managed to buy some new clothes.

It was such a nice day. I rarely have such nice days when I can just go on long walk, eat whenever I want and wherever I want, buy stuff and just take photos like a tourist.

The nice weather is still going strong and I can truly say I miss the sunlight. I have 3 more weeks on the night shift and then I hope to get an afternoon shift.

Neil Gaiman being awesome

After I read Stardust I started looking up more books written by Neil Gaiman. And on my quest I found this awesome video with Neil Gaiman discussing Internet piracy.

The reason why I like this video so much is because it’s 100% true. That man speaks the truth.

Every time I pick up a book I actually know beforehand what I’m getting myself into. I either read books that are recommended by people on the Internet, real life friends or actually books that at some point or another have been made into movies and I became a big fan and just wanted to read the original book (Harry Potter is a really good example here).

And then there were times when I bought books just because the title was interesting and ended up throwing them at garbage. And they were new books, freshly printed and I had no remorse throwing them.

Basically 75% of my books are second hand. The other 15% are mangas (which have to be new and shinny) and the %10 remaining are books that were given as a gift by family and friends and of course they bought new books.

If I like a book there are chances that in the near future that book will end up on my shelves. It doesn’t matter if I already have the audio or pdf file, that book will end up in my room.

Sunday morning

Its been ages since I had a morning like this one. I can’t even remember the last time I actually had time and energy to just do my thing.

I don’t know if its because of the weather or just my screwed up sleeping pattern but I woke up early, around 4 AM.

I stayed in bed up to 7AM, then I woke up, did some cleaning, shopping, eating and then just took time for myself. And for the first time in months I actually took a real bubble bath. I was sitting then just trying to figure out when was the last time I actually did something like that. I can’t remember!

It’s just sad really, doing so many things and not having time for yourself. Must make a note to myself to include self indulging in my next list.

Until then, I am just going to watch some American Dad and maybe we’ll go to the park and I can take more photos of Autumn.


The Help

There are movies that are fun watching with friends at the cinema, movies that you can enjoy with your loved one and movies that are best seen alone at home with a cup of warm milk or something.

I must admit I enjoy all type of outings, with friends or Johnny,  but  the movies “outings” I enjoy best are the ones seen in my bedroom all alone.

And that’s how I watched “The Help“, alone in my bedroom with Marlanu’ sleeping right besides me.

The Help” is that kind of movie that would appeal to very few friends of mine because the lack of action, any real comedy and basically anything that can be found in the commercial movies these days.

Its a movie with a good story, good characters and a little piece of history.

The plot as described on IMDB:

 An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids’ point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

The story basically resolves on the hardships of black women during the rights movement (in America, during the time of Martin Luther King and President Kennedy). The story is placed in one of the worst places in America to be a black person, a little town in Mississippi named Jackson.

A young woman, Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, who just graduated comes back home to her family.  She is surprised to see that the black maid that raised her is no longer working for her family. Skeeter tries to find out what happened to her babysitter but her family just insists she resigned and moved on.

While Skeeter is out with her childhood friends she realizes that the black maids are being treated a lot different from the employees from her family house. Since she is dreaming of being an aspiring author, Skeeter tries to convince the maids to tell all about their hardships while serving the white families of Mississippi and put all of those stories in one single book called “The Help”.

At first, Skeeter has no success in convincing any maids to help her, until Aibileen Clark and Minny Jackson two of the maids of her “best” friends, decide to open up about their lives and hardships.

And from here the story picks up, it has its ups and downs, makes you laugh and cry and just keeps you glued to the screen.

The movie is really that good.

But if you’re not the type to enjoy this kind of movie you might get bored. Yet its a beautiful movie, with a beautiful yet sad story.

There are many movies that represent the lives of black people when they weren’t considered first class citizens, almost 99.99% of those movies present a story that took place in America. I am not sure if I should ask this, but are Americans the only ones that had black slaves in those days?

I don’t remember of ever seeing a movie presenting the lives of black slaves in Europe.

This is a delicate subject that needs to be looked into before making any comments or asking any questions.

Still, if the movie was this good I wonder how the book is. After all the movies is based on Kathryn Stokett book with the same name. The book was published in 2009 and the movie came out in 2011. I guess I have some digging up to do so I can find the English version book.

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