sibiu

Cultural swing

Losing touch with the Romanian “media culture” was not something I had considered when arriving to Vienna. The thing that surprises me the most is that it occurred so silently, nobody could even sense it happened. Having no access to the object that kept me on track with everything during my 19 year long stay in the Carpathian Garden – the TV and its wonders – eventually led to a loss of interest towards themes so fervently discussed back in Sibiu. Why?

It’s been more than two years since I last sat on my favourite chair in my grandmother’s home, reading a piece of beautiful Romanian postmodern creation that was absolutely unrelated to the exams I had to take in order to obtain my high school degree. I vaguely remember the coffee conversations we enjoyed in Sibiu, yet always remember the places, the people and the books (and the places where you could get the books and meet lots of cool people – Humanitas). Of course, everything that happened in the media was a part of our lives and of our discussion topics, the music we heard on TV was played at our parties and the people who were famous for a reason and promoted in the media were our models in life.

Compared to the Austrian press, Romanian print is extremely poor in information and suffers from a severe case of tabloidization, yet it’s still being read and somewhat followed (in terms of fashion and lifestyle of celebrities, habits of going to very expensive clubs and wearing very expensive clothes and so on) by a big load of people. Media apparently influences Austrian minds and Romanian pockets.

Although it was hard getting to transit from the typical Romanian way of perceiving media, Vienna (and even more: the University of Vienna) has introduced me to some of the most fascinating themes I’ve faced so far. Coming close to the age of uninnocence, subjects that earlier could not be debated without a serious amount of controversy and very many stereotypes in mind seem more and more promising. The pages are unfolding in a more Standard (Austrian quality newspaper) kind of life than in the typical Tribuna (local Sibiu newspaper) times. It’s true, I haven’t read a good postmodern fiction work in a long while and my favourite chair can never be replaced. Yet nobody seeks to copy Lugner around here and it makes much more sense to take some distance from things portrayed in the media – both on TV and in print – then to let your life be exclusively influenced by it.

Tip for estranged Romanians suffering from cultural swing: always listen closely to the songs on the radio that are trendy in Romania when arriving in the country, then repeat some lyrics in front of your friends. Somehow this still gets the conversations started just like in the old days.

the short long road back home

take me down to the parasite city

where the grass is grey and the boy’s a pity [A.M.]

Missing your parents and friends might turn out to be tthe roadhe best thing that can happen to you at times. You start to realize that you’re on your own and that things are going to remain that way for a while…and damn, you start enjoying this new status!

Suddenly, there are job offers and free entrances to events awaiting :) You’re ready for a new “Halbsemester” of joy and a lot of time spent at the library analysing how to accomplish your dreams but you’re also ready for a holiday week of pure pleasure and nice people from your hometown.

The road back home leads straight through your heart, taking you to places you’re never dreamed of going to. But it’s good to know that there’s a strenght inside yourself ready to take you to the moon and back. Even after failure, even after a lack of fresh air and fresh people.

All that matters is to go all the way. And walk that extra mile to…wherever you plan on going!

fun&the sun

Se spune ca intre orele 11 si 16 nu este recomandabil sa iesi in soare, iar in cazuri de forta majora trebuie luate masuri de protectie: palarii, sticle de apa plata, vestimentatie corespunzatoare. Avand in vedere faptul ca sunt o copila cuminte ce “s-a ars” la propriu nerespectand aceste reguli simple de conduita pe vreme calduroasa, am decis sa savurez o mini-vacanta a la Andra intr-un loc in care ma retrag de obicei atunci cand am chef sa fac tot ce-mi trece prin cap.

Asa ca mi-am luat laptopul, revistele de femei si-o carte in limba germana (pe care vreau sa o citesc fiindca am primit-o cadou la “”decernarea” diplomelor de limba germana – DSD II pentru cunoscatori) si dusa am fost. De 4 zile ma simt in elementul meu intr-o casuta calduta, dar prevazuta cu ventilatoare in fiecare camera. M-am uitat la toate episoadele din serialele la care mi-ar fi placut sa ma uit pe clasa a XIIa, m-am desfatat cu noul Sex and the city (ruleaza la cinema Arta din Sibiu saptamana aceasta), am citit o mica parte din articolele pe care le aveam bookmark-enite si…ma simt ATAT de bine!

Fiecare persoana are modul ei propriu de a se relaxa, iar uneori poti incerca sa rememorezi activitatile ce iti fac cu adevarat placere pana sa te hotarasti sa dai bani buni pe Spa-uri sau shopping spree-uri. Eu am decis sa profit de ultimele saptamani pe care le mai petrec in tara!

Tie cum iti place sa te relaxezi?

summer tweetmeet sibiu

Bine v-am gasit din vacanta! Zilele astea am umblat cu multe hartii in mana ca sa rezolv tot felul de proceduri gen: inchiderea conturilor romanesti, depunerea actelor pentru…surpriza (va zic dupa ce am incheiat acel aspect) si depunerea unei contestatii la BAC. Sperand ca totul e bine cand se termina cu bine, am pregatit o intalnire pentru toti twitteristii din Sibiu (si nu numai, everyone’s invited) ca sa sarbatorim. Dar ce sarbatorim?

Sambata, 10.07, te astept la ora 17 in Play Off Pub Sibiu (pe str. Octavian Goga, langa Sala Transilvania) pentru o delectare a simturilor si a spiritului in compania unui cocktail, a unei beri sau a unei binemeritate ape plate cu lamaie alaturi de alte persoane cu care v-ati trimis dm-uri pe ascuns sau reply-uri pe fata. Vom sarbatori faptul ca a trecut atata timp de cand nu ne-am mai vazut, incat a dat si vara, si campionatul mondial peste noi!

Te invit sa chemi si alte persoane dragi tie si dornice de a patrunde in tainele online-ului 2.0 ;)

Pana atunci, tine-mi pumnii ca totul sa decurga conform planului (saptamana viitoare plec la Viena pentru inscrierea la facultate) si sa ne auzim cu bine sambata!

Later edit

Participantii la tweetmeet au fost:

@cristirus

@andramuresanu (yours truly)

@bebalennon

@rhadoorhiano

@adic91

@andrushky

@daninhodj

@Nosfer

@realitymaniac

@neo1984

@calinblaga

Toti cei interesati de un softball tweetmeet sunt rugati sa-mi trimita un comment pe blog sau un reply/dm pe twitter. Abia astept sa ne reintalnim! :)

Pasti, stropit, Viena

Bonjour!

Va salut de pe taramul sarbatorilor, intr-o pauza de la sarmale si drob, asteptand prajiturile :) . Poate ca n-am mentionat nicicand pe blog faptul ca perioada aceasta imi place extrem de mult tocmai datorita meselor prelungite in familie, pe care le savurez de multe ori in tacere, ascultand ce au “cei mari” de povestit.

S-au adunat multe articole de scris, s-au inghesuit multe ganduri ce raman de trecut prin filtrul personal si expus pe pelicula, s-au strans poze si noi amintiri…dar gasim timp pentru toate. Dupa ce le voi selectiona atent, o sa am grija sa ajunga ce-i mai bun la tine pe monitor. In format compact.

Urmatoarea perioada se anunta a fi deosebit de fructuoasa in ceea ce priveste viitorul meu: ma asteapta o excursie la Viena care-mi va lamuri cateva dintre dubiile legate de facultate, iar cand ma intorc incepe sfarsitul liceului, cu ultimele examene, teze, un banchet si 4 zile de testari ale aptitudinilor.

Dar sa revenim la ce va asteapta pe xPRiment si-n afara lui: o sa pregatesc link-uri, articole guest si idei noi pentru timpul liber. Sa iti zic si cateva carti care mi-au influentat radical modul in care privesc marketing-ul?

Intre timp, distreaza-te. Orice ai face, distreaza-te. Fiindca atunci cand te distrezi facand activitatile zilnice, totul prinde o nuanta aparte! E cea mai buna urare de sarbatori pe care ti-as putea-o face (si depinde doar de tine sa o duci la bun sfarsit) ;)

P.S. Referitor la #stropittweetmeet gasesti detalii aici.

#hmeet, versiunea alfa

Hermannstadt meet? Meet Hermannstadt! +toti oamenii aferenti oraselului nostru twitterizat.

Cu gandurile acestea am pornit in dimineata de sambata, 20.03, inspre Atrium Cafe: stiam ca la acest prim event pentru “Bloggeri, Twittereri and inbetweens” vor participa o gramada de oameni interesanti din online-ul romanesc (mai ales din domenii cu care-mi doresc sa ma familiarizez mai tare: PR, marketing online, merchandising etc), insa nu ma asteptam sa fie atat de placut. Pentru asta “multumim sponsorilor: SmartGifts.ro si Spixii“.

Ca sa intelegi mai bine ce castiga cei care participa la aceste evenimente, am incercat sa elaborez mai jos un sumar al intamplarilor de ieri.

De ce s-a organizat aceasta prima editie de #hmeet?

Conceptul de #hmeet acopera o paleta larga de utilizatori ai Web-ului 2.0, mai exact cei care se angajeaza sa aduca mereu content nou pe diverse platforme de socializare: blog personal si cont de twitter, pentru a fi mai precisi. Prin aceste mijloace, avem ocazia de a cunoaste o multime de persoane cu care impartim aceleasi pasiuni, preferinte in diverse domenii, “oameni faini” :) .

Problema e distanta. De multe ori ajungi sa vorbesti cu o persoana pe net despre subiecte foarte variate, insa nu reusesti sa o cunosti cu adevarat pana cand nu o intalnesti in persoana. Pentru asta s-a organizat #hmeet in Sibiu: “ca sa facem afaceri online, trebuie sa povestim offline” (spunea Chinezu in prezentarea Dream Team-ului).

S-a facut networking la greu inca de la inceput: printr-un sistem asemanator speed dating-ului, ne-am prezentat intr-un minut persoanei din fata noastra, am notat user-ul sau de twitter sau blogul personal si am avut ocazia de a primi un brief despre ea. Totul “to get followers”, sau pentru a identifica oameni cu care avem mai multe subiecte in comun.

Apoi a urmat prezentarea pe scurt a Dream Team-ului, o echipa de 6 tipi super tari din Bucuresti care s-au cunoscut special pentru a veni la #hmeet si s-au imprietenit pe drum, dupa pauza fiindu-ne infatisate alte cateva proiecte sociale asupra carora voi reveni mult mai pe larg in urmatoarele articole (am ramas cu gandul la unele dintre ele si doresc sa le studiez mai indeaproape pana a vi le prezenta).

La final, echipa SmartGifts.ro m-a determinat sa caut toti cititorii xPRiment.com care sunt talentati la desen, design sau care au “replici tari” si-si doresc sa creeze design-uri de tricouri pe care sa le poata comercializa prin intermediul aplicatiei…pe comision! Te incadrezi in cei mentionati mai sus? Trimite-mi un comment si-ti voi explica personal exact cum sta treaba. Mi se pare o chestie pe care merita sa o incerce toti cei care au o pornire inspre lucrurile fun si creative.

De ce avem nevoie de #hmeet versiunea beta, gama etc.?

Pentru ca a iesit atat de bine incat sunt sigura ca aceasta e o metoda foarte buna de a indemna oamenii care iau parte la astfel de intalniri sa priveasca domeniul lor de activitate dintr-o noua perspectiva. Pe mine m-a facut sa privesc sfarsitul clasei a 12a cu o mandrie aparte.

To be continued!

after sibiu tweet meet #1

tweetmeet collage 2First of all, I’m writing this article in english because I want to make sure that all participants understand it. It seems as if our first tweet meet was really a chance to get to know people from different cultures, with different jobs and lives but with one common passion: twitting. Not only have we met “one Aussie and one Dutch”, but a few people who attended the Marketing 24/7 conference also joined us.

After chatting on the terrace of the Continental Forum Hotel, we decided to move on to La Dobrun restaurant, where we had drinks and good romanian food. Because we always like to keep in shape, we went dancing at the Union pub/club and had a nice time over a few…other drinks. The night turned out to be a success because all the people were outgoing and willing to share their thoughts.

This was the first event that I organised, and I promise you it’s not going to be the last! :) I had a wonderful time getting to talk to all the people who took part at this first meet and I hope we will get to see each other a lot more often from now on.

Here is the list of people who took part at #sibiutweetmeet :

Vlad Gidea

Nosfer

Marius Miclea

Dheo

me

sufletpierdut

Diana Bota

Mariana Cosenco

Lucian Todea

Cristi Rus

Vladimir

Duncan

KenaSiu

Aurelian Sandulescu

Dan Virtopeanu

Voxline

SaltwaterC

Daliana

Ciprian Stavar

Rares Budac

Spixii

I hope you all enjoyed the evening and I’m looking forward to receiving new offers where we could spend the night. Until then, have a nice read/twitt :)

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