… going on vacation. see you all in 2011!

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all! I wish you white, snowy holidays and a 2011 full of unexpected good things. And thank you for reading. 🙂

I thought to give you a carol. But, in the end, I found this song and I think it’s better than a Christmas carol. After all… if it’s love… it’s Christmas. Isn’t it? 🙂

UPDATE: Since someone loves that much Train :D… voilà: even more Train. 😀

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  1. haha… I can’t believe you posted a Train song. The lead singer of Train is from my (small) home town. He went to my high school (quite a few years earlier, but still.) I usually have little patience for the band due to hearing them ALL THE TIME back in high school… but I still gave it a listen. 🙂

    Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Years! I wish you the greenest of snow flakes and the most joyous of chocolates. 😉

    • thank you verrry much! i really hope for the green snow flakes. chocolates falling from the sky would be also great. 😀 but i stick to the green snow flakes, still.

      … and i’m JEALOUS. very jealous. you went to school with the lead singer of Train. : ((( but i’m not losing hope: maybe one day angelina, brad and their 12 kids will come and live next door. there’s still hope. 😀

      as for the song, well, i had a huge inner fight with myself : )), i wanted to post this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhMM4lbTPGQ but it was… not that much into the holidays spirit. then i spotted the other one and it sounded like a christmas carol to me, so full of joy and energy that i almost left out the lyrics.

      speaking of witch, i think i’m hearing people singing a christmas carol at the door. for the third time in the last 2 hours. 😀 damn. it’s worse than “trick or treat”.

  2. ps: i updated a little the post. 😀
    you’ll like it. more Train. :- ))

  3. good grief, GB. I’ve now listened to two more Train songs than I ever thought I would in 2010… the things you put me through. Ugh. Haha…

    Do people really go around singing christmas carols? That’s the sweetest thing I’ve heard today! How wonderful!

    and this is for you, an old favorite:

    • know it. one of my favs, too. 🙂 i reply with a romanian carol. this guy singing is probably the most known christmas carols singer in romania. it’s not a very representative romanian carol, it’s just that i’ve heard it a few days ago and remembered i used to listen to it when little. http://www.trilulilu.ro/celllfish/00a7dd11bd642a

      and… yeap, here people go around singing christmas carols, especially kids.
      for example, in the country-side they dress in traditional (very, very) old costumes (all handmade) and visit every house in the village. people let them in and listen to their beautiful carols. then they reward the christmas carol singers with apples, hot wine, cozonac (it’s pretty much like the italian panettone) and all kind of traditional romanian sweets. but that’s just one of our christmas traditions. in some villages they go around singing christmas carols very early in the morning (3 or 4 a.m.). of course, no one gets angry and waits for them with a handgun because of the unusual hour. 😀 all the contrary, people can’t wait to hear them knocking at their doors and waking them up with the sound of carols. in some others villages, grown up people wear traditional masks, go around dancing etc. unfortunately, cities don’t preserve these old traditions anymore. i think there are a few short movies on youtube. my words can’t describe the beauty of the costumes or the beauty of the carols. 🙂

      • that sounds wonderful. what is the weather like there this time of year? Is there plenty of snow? I find it incredible that such culture still exists and that these holiday traditions live on (if even in the villages.) America, obviously, lacks such tradition and culture. But we do have Christmas cookies… and a disturbing emphasis on consumerism.

      • right now? it’s verrrry snowy. usually snow begins to fall around christmas, but this year it seems snow has lost a little bit its patience and came earlier. i suppose kids will soon take out their sleighs. 🙂

        p.s.: talking about traditional … unfortunately i’m a dennis menace in the kitchen (i burn everything and always hope not to poison someone someday), so don’t ask for cookies recipes or other hyper-complicated stuff :D… but you could try this: vin fiert (mulled wine or hot wine). it’s one of the traditional christmas beverages around here and it’s usually prepared from red (red is a must!) wine, spiced and boiled with cinnamon sticks, vanilla pods, cloves, orange pell or even orange slices and sugar. i don’t know how it will turn out to be if you use wine from the supermarket, but… try anyway. sooo flavoured. 🙂

  4. p.s. 2:

    winter in Brasov, one of Romania’s best known winter resorts:

    winter in Cluj-Napoca (where i’ve studied and used to live):

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Oj3vrLGvzHE/TO-TphXblgI/AAAAAAAAA2g/RvTOYs_Gnuo/s1600/sighis-timisoara+469+%25281%2529.jpg (and here you can drink hot wine, da daaaam)

    http://images.gsp.ro/zoom/198540/1218-267145-piata_uniri_cluj.jpg (this is not in winter, but i love Unirii Square. sorry, nostalgia.) 🙂

  5. so i’m obsessing over this vin fiert. It sounds incredible! I think I’ll try making it!!! So I gather you don’t have to rely on supermarket wine?! Where is your wine from? Village wineries? Cluj-Napoca looks beautiful. Brasov is amazing. It’s like you’re from… a different world! I’m so ashamed to admit that I’ve never traveled outside the U.S. (other than Canada… but that doesn’t count!) Anyway, I love the images. Thanks for sharing!!

    ps. I’m on your blog A LOT. 😉

    • nope, even better. wine from my grandpa’s vineyard. 😉 but try it anyway.
      a cup of warm wine and cinnamon biscuits are perfect with christmas and snow. 😛
      p.s.: you’ve got amazing places in the U.S., too. i mean… it looks an incredible country to live in. and i’m very jealous ’cause of that. yeap.

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