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.

 

Music ~ Remembering The Ramones.

Happy times on Friday after visiting Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: The Ramones and The Birth of Punk exhibition at the Queens Museum. I had the pleasure of meeting and discussing the music scene with the former Ramones tour manager, Monte A. Melnick (photo below). Such a magical moment. All photos are my own. Check out the space soon as it closes at the end of July. The hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 11am-5pm.

 

Culture ~ Love.

That moment when you’re so in love that you would like to live in a museum to admire the beauty everyday. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is one of my favourite places to go. It’s in my top 5 for museums around the world.

Arts ~ László Moholy-Nagy.

The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed art museum, The Guggenheim recently featured the Austro-Hungarian multifaced artist, László Moholy-Nagy across a variety of mediums including art, life and technology. The abstract canvases, advertising illustrations, film and photography were all truly mesmerizing.

Arts ~ Dream States

Dreams are one of those aspects of life which we question, analyze and ponder every morning when we wake up.

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Dream States exhibition at The Met. Photo: Niya Sinckler.

Images and ideas float in our minds as one tries to understand the emotion and connections. Meanwhile, artists are often inspired by the unconscious mind and in this case it’s surrealism.

Surrealism is my favourite 1920s art and literary movement. The greats come to mind such as André Breton (French), Francisco Goya (Spanish), Max Ernst (German), René Magritte (Belgian) and Salvador Dalí (Spanish). It’s amazing to view an alternative degree of content and context in art.

About 30 photographs and video works are on display focusing on the 1970s to present day with some of the best including black and white portraits by Robert Frank, Jem Southam’s never-ending spectacular skies, radiant Irish rainbows and lovely English seascapes. Discover how surrealism creatively transforms the way things are seen. Let your mind wonder and escape into its own irrational reality.

The exhibition, “Dream States: Contemporary Photographs and Video” is open from 16 May 2016 t0 30 October 2016 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Address: 1000 5th Avenue by 82nd Street. Hours: 10am-5:30pm.