Slope 45

I’m eager to take slope 45, down from the very top to the nice 8-seats chairlift. We missed it last time, but now we turn right at the proper spot. The wind is very strong, it’s a struggle to get to the edge of the slope. We’re hesitating. B. asks – “which direction is the…

NFL Fantasy and the availability heuristic

I’d heard A. rave about the NFL Fantasy over the last few years, so I thought I’d give it a shot this year. I nearly missed the start, but one Sunday afternoon I read somewhere that the first game of the season had happened on Thursday. I checked the website – there was about an…

Turn in turn

I can take a train at 15:48 or another one at 16:48. Hmm, I could go up with the cable car one more time, ski down and catch the later train. I go out of the restaurant – the mountain is lost in fog, it’s snowing, the ski-chairlift is empty. Why is NO ONE going…

To ski, or not to ski

Where’s my wallet? Oh, dear. Seemed sunny this morning, and it’s forecasted to snow tomorrow, so I decided to go for a spontaneous half-day skiing trip. It’s 12:30, I’m in the Flumserberg parking lot, have just arrived to a very lucky just-in-time parking opening in an otherwise full house; just when I wanted to put…

MANA – pursuit of quality

It was pretty obvious from his blog that Ovidiu writes well. But from a blog to a full-fledged fiction book there’s a long way, at least theoretically. In reality it took one year since he promised himself and his daughter Sofia that he will write a book. Interestingly, he’d started with a completely different subject,…

Transylvanian summer 2009

The medieval festival in Sighisoara 2009 will remain in history as the “sus mainile” event. Participants will know what I’m talking about. The narrow streets of cobbled stone (and other improvised pavement types) were host to a diverse group of friends which resulted in an extraordinarily fun melting pot of personalities, moods and cultures, united…

Skiing season 2008/9

In the attempt to get things here up-to-date, here’s a quick look at the winter season 2008/9. Nothing much happened, except work and skiing week-ends. I re-visited some places I’d been before, and tried out some new ones. In short chronological order: I ended 2008 with a trip to Zermatt, to see the Matterhorn, a…

Summer night wakeup call

Euro2008 is over for the Romanian soccer team. After a brilliantly executed tactical (albeit sinfully boring) goalless draw against world championship runner-up France and a sensational 1-1 against world champion Italy, after one of the most thrilling games in the competition, they lamentably failed to beat a relaxed Dutch squad to qualify to the quarterfinals.…

EuRoMania

Euro2008 (soccer, for the ones who don’t know on what world they live in :P) is in full swing this month. Romania has survived a hard-fought game against World Champion runners-up France, 0-0. For a neutral person, quite a boring game, but from an “involved” perspective it was amazing, especially for the ones in the…

Rhapsody in Red

Took BM out for a ride yesterday – just wanted to eat somewhere out on a terrace in the sun and read. I arrived at the pizzeria in my village just to find out it is closing on Sundays at 2pm, so I went up a hill to eat and look at the lake. Peaceful.The…

Sechselaeuten

Sechselaeuten is a traditional guild holiday in Zurich. Monday was free, and I took the opportunity to go check out the guild parade. Quite impressive, plenty of people attending, colorful costumes, good mood. More details about the holiday here. My photographic insights below. http://picasaweb.google.com/s/c/bin/slideshow.swf And a small movie depicting a full guild parade: children, fanfare,…

snowboarding

finally i realized what snowboarding is approximately about. i thought i knew from the first day, but i was wrong. in the first days all i did was brrrreak, turn, brrrreak, or slide laterally out of control, brrreak, turn, brrreak. this weekend i went with L&C to Flims, for half a day. it is unbelievable…

Big boxing night

Last night, the Romanian Lucian Bute, IBF world champion boxing for Interbox in Canada, had to defend his world title against a former world champion, William Joppy. Here is Joppy’s preview of the fight and here is the outcome

Romanian Paul Potts

The Romanian construction worker Costel Busuioc went to Spain as a guest worker 2 years ago. His colleagues on the construction site encouraged him to participate to a “Spanish Idol” type show, Hijos de Babel, made for members of international communities in Spain. How it went you see below. He is still in contest, after…