Travel ~ 36. Romantic Romania.

When two of your best friends are from Romania, it’s obligatory to visit the country. This summer, it happened. It was my first time in the southeastern sovereign state of Europe. The Carpathian mountains surrounded us on our road trip to the third most populous city, Timișoara.

Driving by petrol stations, there were also manufacturing, technology and transport factories which showed that the country’s commerce and economy are doing well. From that, many more tourists will visit. Cruising in the countryside, the views were spectacular with lots of flowers and fields of grass to entertain the eye. I began to fall in love.

Arriving at my friend’s house, I received a warm welcome from an adorable dog. The photo below was taken right before he ran over and began to lick my feet. I think that was meant to be his way of saying hello. Either way, it was super ticklish. I started to laugh.

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Continuing our adventure, we headed to Timișoara’s city centre. First stop, Memorialul Revolutiei. It was a museum dedicated to the Revolution in 1989. I learned a lot about how the city was established and why things operate the way they do there from a 30 minute film.

 

Next, my friends and I drove to the central area and began to walk around Piața Unirii. Eventually, we found a spot to to have lunch. There were great drinks, salads and burgers at M Bistro. Nearby, we visited the Timișoara Art Museum. No photos were allowed but I enjoyed the baroque, classical and contemporary works of art.

 

Soon enough it was time to explore more. Wandering along the main street, we ended up passing through multiple squares where we saw the Timișoara City Hall, the beautiful and old Opera House, a majestic Metropolitan Cathedral and the check out Timișoara city sign.

 

Then that evening, there was a cultural event happening in the Roses Park. Strolling by the river, I saw cool graffiti. When we got to the park, we watched dancers from Romania, Serbia and Portugal perform in their traditional attire.

 

After that, it was time to drink and dine Romanian style. The best place to end the night was at Pensiunea Annette with good food and friends in Covaci, Timișoara. I would recommend to visit this resort.

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All photos taken by Niya Sinckler.

 

Travel ~ 32. Pretty in Panama.

After spending three days in Panama, I learned about the architecture, cuisine, fashion, history, sights and now truly appreciate the culture.

Travel ~ Surprise!

There’s something really special about when someone goes on a new journey. It’s better when you’re there with them and when not possible…a postcard is enough. It says I was thinking about you and wanted to share this moment. My boyfriend recently visited a country on my travel list, Ecuador. As a gesture of love, he sent me an hola from Quito. Call me old-fashioned but I love receiving letters and postcards 🙂

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Film ~ Pelé: Birth of a Legend

The biographical film, Pelé: Birth of a Legend about the renowned Brasilian footballer debuted at Tribeca Film Festival this past weekend warming hearts in New York.

Directed and written by Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist, the sport biopic follows our favourite rising star, Edson Arantes do Nascimento‘s life from the early age of 9 to 17 during World Cup adventures.

The drama stars Kevin de Paula, Vincent D’Onofrio, Rodrigo Santoro (love him!), Diego Boneta and Colm Meaney. Strong themes of national identity and a paternal relationship are conveyed encouraging motivation and drive often seen in successful athletes. The message that it’s important to practice and have courage is presented throughout the feature as everything else will fall into place.

This film made me proud to have Brasilian heritage and love football even more. By the way, can you believe that Pelé is 75? What a great way to honour the legend. I would definitely go see it again and highly recommend to all. Muito obrigada e parabéns IFC Films!