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Muzica olandeza: DOTAN

Da, da, am un nou artist sa va prezint, am o ureche vigilenta permanent ascutita pentru voi.

De data asta, Dotan, un baiat teribil de modest, l-am vazut de curand la o emisiune si m-a impresionat felul lui calm de a fi. In aproximativ un an a ajuns de la concerte in sufrageriile oamenilor sa anunte acum un concert la finalul anului 2015 in cea mai mare sala din Olanda: Ziggodome (in Amsterdam), participari la festivaluri si un turneu prin mai multe tari.

A dat lovitura anul trecut cu melodia “Home”, ascultati si dati-va linistit cu parerea:

Dupa ce ne-am cam saturat de “Home” a urmat “Fall” iar apoi “Hungry”, ultima e preferata mea de pana acum (ambele fara videoclipuri oficiale momentan):


Merge, ce ziceti? E difuzat si in tarile in care locuiti voi?

 
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Posted by on 25 March 2015 in Muzica

 

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Turul muzeelor olandeze (2): Het Dordts Patriciërshuis si Huis van Gijn

DORDRECHT – retineti acest oras daca aveti planificata sau visati la o calatorie in Olanda. Nu inteleg de ce nu este un oras mult mai cunoscut, nici in randul olandezilor. Poate asta se va schimba anul acesta, dupa Ziua Regelui la sfarsitul lui aprilie, care va fi sarbatorita in acest oras. Mie mi se pare fara indoiala o perla intre orasele olandeze.

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Am mai scris despre orasul Dordrecht aici si aici, de atunci la fiecare vizita mai descopar ceva, incat imi place tot mai mult.

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Intr-o plimbare pe stradutele cu cladiri vechi, de pe la 1600, multe inclinate in unghiuri care ma fac sa ma intreb cum or locui oamenii in ele, imi atrag atentia numele strazilor – fiecare cu o scurta explicatie a numelui strazii sau a istoriei zonei, placutele informative de pe fatadele frumoase, vechi.

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La cea mai recenta vizita, pe 13 septembrie 2014, am avut parte de o zi perfecta in Dordrecht. S-au potrivit mai multe evenimente neasteptate si impreuna au facut sa petrecem o zi foarte placuta. Am poposit la inceputul zilei la libraria din piata cu statuia pictorului romantic Ary Scheffer, o vizita traditionala pentru noi de pe acum. Am baut o cafea la o terasa in piata si apoi am decis sa ne plimbam intr-o zona in care nu mai fuseseram. Am ajuns la aceasta casuta super ingusta, datand din 1632 si situata deasupra unui pasaj care facea legatura intre oras si port. De aici se poate face un tur cu barca pe canalele orasului, dar cum nu veniseram pregatiti, am aflat ca nu mai erau locuri pentru ziua respectiva. Ramane pe alta data.

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Am traversat un pod si am vazut in zare un turn de biserica. Ne-am hotarat sa ne indreptam spre el, in drum dand peste fel de fel de case monumentale, multe cu placute informative, in felul acesta afland mai multe despre istoria lor.

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Ajunsi la turnul spre care porniseram, am descoperit ca nu este de biserica, ci este poarta veche a orasului, la malul apei. Ne-a placut aspectul fatadei, dar ne-a placut si mai mult partea dinspre apa cu multe elemente pe care le-am studiat sezand pe o bancuta.

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Dinspre apa am pornit inapoi spre oras, mai intai de-a lungul unei peninsule:

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Astfel am ajuns la primul muzeu pe care doream sa il vizitam: Het Dordts Patriciërshuis – Museum aan de Maas. Priviti pe site-ul muzeului filmuletul de cateva minute, va va da o impresie despre aceasta casa din seculul al 18-lea, cu multe accente frumoase, transformata de curand in muzeu de catre proprietarii actuali, care au locuit  in aceasta cladire cativa ani. In filmulet ii vedeti pe copiii care se jucau in camera Maas, cea mai mare si frumoasa din casa, in vremea in care au locuit acolo.

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Ajunsi in muzeu, am intrat mai intai in pivnita, apoi in casa unde am fost intampinati de mai multi angajati foarte entuziasti, care in fiecare camera dadeau informatii interesante. De exemplu ni s-a spus sa incepem vizita in pod, unde rula un film despre casa si sa ciocanim in cadrul acestui pat din camera servitorilor. Zis si facut… am avut parte de o surpriza, dar nu va spun mai multe, ca sa nu v-o stric, in caz ca veti vizita si voi la un moment dat.

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Am aflat si ca fix in ziua in care am pornit sa vizitam muzee era ziua monumentelor deschise si ca unele cladiri puteau fi vizitate in mod exceptional, multe gratuit. Intrarea in acest muzeu insa nu era gratuita, dar pentru noi da, pentru ca aveam la noi cardurile de care am mai amintit: museumjaarkaart.

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Dupa aceasta vizita ne-am continuat drumul, oprindu-ne scurt ca sa ne bucuram de barcute si razele soarelui.

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Al doilea muzeu, asemanator ca idee cu primul, era Huis van Gijn dar de dimensiuni mai impresionante. Dl. van Gijn a fost un bancher si a locuit in aceasta casa in perioada 1864-1922, lasand-o mostenire orasului cu conditia sa devina muzeu si sa ramana pe cat posibil in starea originala.

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In timp ce ma invarteam prin muzeu, trecand din incapere in incapere, auzeam afara sunet de trasuri, cum nu se poate mai potrivit 🙂 mai tarziu mi-am dat seama ca trasurile faceau parte din ziua monumentelor deschise si erau puse la dispozitie vizitatorilor de muzee in ziua respectiva.

In pod, o colectie foarte deosebita, de jucarii! Din pacate pozele nu mi-au iesit prea bine, pentru ca era tare intuneric, dar credeti-ma ca merita o tura prin podul asta 🙂

Dupa parasirea muzeului, am pornit mai departe inapoi spre centrul orasului. La un moment dat, concentrandu-ne mai degraba la conversatie decat la un sunet oarecum alarmant, ne-am dat seama ca ne aflam pe un pod pe cale sa fie ridicat, adica in urma noastra se lasa o bariera iar podul se inalta cu noi! Eh, asa aflam si noi cat de sprinteni suntem la nevoie, am reusit sa ajungem rapid de partea buna a barierei 🙂

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Am hotarat sa trecem pe la biserica principala din Dordrecht si peste ce credeti ca am dat in curtea ei? Nici cu gandul nu gandeam, nu degeaba va spun ca a fost o zi deosebita: un eveniment cu trasuri! Cu cai si trasuri felurite, dar, mai ales, cu oameni imbracati de epoca 🙂

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Siiiii au pornit!

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Am plecat mai departe acompaniati de cea mai lunga melodie din turnul bisericii pe care am auzit-o vreodata, nu am dovezi, dar credeti-ma pe cuvant.

Pentru ca tot era deschisa, am intrat scurt si am vizitat si primaria:

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Iar daca va mai spun ca am incheiat ziua asta de septembrie pe terasa unui restaurant grecesc… mai puteti avea vreun dubiu ca a fost o zi perfecta? 🙂

 
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Posted by on 23 February 2015 in Muzee olandeze, Turistic

 

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Summertime in Dutch Limburg

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Posted by on 4 August 2014 in Turistic

 

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Campuri olandeze cu flori / Dutch flowerfields

Cum sa nu iti placa tara asta cu florile ei dementiale?
Sambata am ajuns in Callantsoog, un sat la mare, in vestul Olandei, cred ca cel mai nordic loc in care am fost pana acum in Olanda. Am vazut la televizor cu o zi inainte ca este o zona cu multe campuri cu flori, noi le stiam doar pe cele din jurul parcului Keukenhof, mai sudic deci. 

Asa ca am combinat o plimbare cu masina printre campuri in multe culori vesele cu o plimbare pe malul marii, scurta, pentru ca era o zi cum numai olandezilor le place ca sa o petreaca la mare: cu vant, vezi aici mai multe despre placerea asta olandeza.

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How could one not like this country with its incredible flowers?
On Saturday we went to Callantsoog, a village at the seaside, in the west of the Netherlands, I think the most northern place I have visited so far in the country. I had seen the day before on tv that it is a region with many flowerfields, we only were familiar with the ones around the Keukenhof park, so more to the south.

So we combined a car trip around the colourful flowerfields with a walk on the beach, a short one, as it was a day only Dutch people can enjoy at the beach: with lots of wind.

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Kruidnoten in August???

Va prezint o traditie olandeza care se repeta in fiecare an, ca orice traditie care se respecta.

Asadar, in fiecare an, olandezii sunt scandalizati de aparitia mult prea timpurie a produselor tipice pentru sarbatoarea Sinterklaas (5 decembrie) sau pentru alte sarbatori.

Pe twitter, alte site-uri sau in viata reala, olandezii sunt de fiecare data exasperati pentru ca produsele respective apar in magazine cu luni inainte de sarbatoarea cu pricina. Si fiecare olandez isi inchipuie ca e primul care le descopera si care, din acest motiv, are toate drepturile sa se planga cu foc.

Nu sunt olandeza, ce-i drept, dar sunt sigura ca am fost prima care am detectat inca in august, pe data de 30, kruidnoten, care mie imi plac, asa ca am si cumparat prima punga 🙂

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Introducing a Dutch tradition which repeats itsself every year, like every serious tradition.

So, every year, the Dutch are shocked by the fact that holiday related items appear in shops way too early, like the ones for Sinterklaas (December 5th) or for other holidays.

On twitter, other sites or in real life, the Dutch are expressing their dissatisfaction because these products can be bought already months ahead. And every Dutch person believes that he or she is the first one to spot them every year and therefore thinks that he/she has every right to complain publicly.

It’s true I am not Dutch, but I am convinced that I was the first to spot still in August, the 30th, kruidnoten, which are my favourite Sinterklaas product, so I bought the first bag already 🙂

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Some tasty things I eat in the Netherlands

Caution: This list is totally and completely based on my personal taste and findings.

Elstar apples – with just the right crunchy bite and sourness (I am a fan of sour stuff) – at the moment not available at our Albert Heijn supermarket, so I am waiting for the new harvest and have to do with replacements like Jazz apples, which are of the right taste but too hard for my taste. The Elstar is a Dutch apple sort, by the way.

Calvé LIGHT Pindakaas = peanut butter (pindakaas is actually translated as peanut cheese) – with the light blue cap. I have had peanut butter for the first time in my life here in the Netherlands and this one is really good, I like it on a Wasa sesame cracker. The non light (regular) variant with the brown cap is not edible, I find, much too intense and fat.

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Tasty Tom tomatoes – I have mentioned them before, they are full of sweet tomato taste, I can eat them every day. And I almost do 🙂P1180688

Albert Heijn Feta – especially if you are Romanian and missing telemea cheese, like me 🙂 I was very happy with Dodoni Feta, a real Greek feta cheese, very telemea-like, because it missed the creamy character of most feta sorts. But about a year ago it disappeared. I have at that point made use for the first time of the Q&A section of the supermarket, leaving my question behind as to what is happening with my beloved feta.

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I checked several times and I think 1,5 week later the answer appeared: it is no longer available. The picture’s poor quality is due to my not daring to use the flash while taking it:
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Well at that point I was seriously disappointed, but in the mean time, having been on holiday in Greece this summer, I have seen Dodoni feta there with my own eyes, even in the airport store. So I question the answer the supermarket gave me. Meanwhile I had tested several feta qualities and found that the supermarket’s own brand, Albert Heijn, is also a good replacement of telemea. And here, I almost dare to bet, lies the right answer to my question: “We are not selling Dodoni anymore, since we have copied it and are selling it ourselves”… I eat it along with the Tasty Tom tomatoes and maybe a slice of salted buttered bread

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Bonne Maman raspberry jam – It might be that I am getting wiser as I am getting older, but I have recently decided to stop trying jams made of anything but raspberries. Every time it only makes me realise that my favourite is still raspberry jam. I am not completely hooked on Bonne Maman, although I find nothing wrong with it, but I might give another brand a chance, as long as it is raspberry. I am also not frequently eating jam, but for the few times when I do, it’ll only be raspberry, so you know! 🙂

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Posted by on 24 August 2013 in ENGLISH POST

 

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How I learned (some more) Dutch

While I was still busy with the first Dutch language course described last time, I started working. The same position in the same firm as in Romania. The most important difference (besides earning as much as in Romania but for half the time) and cause of sweating every time the phone rang in the first months, was the language. I work in the sales department of a German company and our customers are situated in the Benelux, so mainly Dutch speaking. In the beginning, I only spoke English with my colleagues, as  I still thought I couldn’t speak decent Dutch, but I was learning, so I had hopes. When customers called and started speaking Dutch, I was close to fainting every time from the effort it took me to understand them, even their names were quite a challenge.

So it was high time for another language course, a better one, a more expensive one, as now the firm would pay! 🙂 I was very happy that the firm offered me a course and I can say that it changed my life in the Netherlands since I attended it. It was at ILC in Waalwijk where I had a teacher all to myself, which was exactly what I needed. I could ask away, all my doubts and uncertainties found answers, while also practicing the Dutch language I needed at the office. The lessons were once a week, in the evening and took about 4 months (30 hours in total). After a few lessons I was confident enough to speak Dutch and use it also more in writing.

This was my second and last Dutch course so far, I am now at an acceptable level, I have had my share of compliments on the Dutch I speak and I particularly enjoy noticing the mistakes Dutch people make in their own language 🙂

I would like to know and use more Dutch expressions, this is still a pretty unfamiliar territory for me. And I would like a richer active vocabulary, I understand most of the words I hear or read, but I do not use many of them myself because they just don’t come to mind when needed. So there is still work to be done, for sure.

And to round up my Dutch language adventures, here are some reactions I have had from Dutch people while still not speaking Dutch or now, that I do speak Dutch:

– when I was at the beginning of my Dutch life, I was approached by a Dutch person who spoke Dutch in a loud voice and in a sort of slow motion, something like: “THE WEA-THER IS RE-ALLY NI-CE TO-DAY.” Somehow, this method seemed the best way to deal with someone who doesn’t speak your language but is trying to learn it.

– others, who were not comfortable to speak English (which I was communicating in at that time), which is understandable, told me they are only speaking Dutch to me so that I can learn the language, since I have to learn it anyway. Of course, it can be a method to be forced to speak a foreign language, but at times I felt isolated and left out of conversations I couldn’t follow.

– now, after about 6 years of speaking Dutch every day, I was recently amazed by a Dutch person who hadn’t spoken to me before, but knew that I was not Dutch. He spoke Dutch with me as if HE was a foreigner who doesn’t speak the language well. I spoke to him normally, I certainly don’t sound Dutch, it’s clear that I am a foreigner, but still, I speak correctly, making maybe small mistakes, but nothing major. Well, his Dutch towards me sounded like: “You looking and you seeing the tree.”

– probably the same accent I mentioned also makes many customers calling me at work (it is an office based in the Netherlands, the phone number is Dutch) start talking to me in English. Which I swear they didn’t do when I was just starting here! 🙂 Even some customers who I have on the phone regularly and whom I have even written e-mails in Dutch before. Some of them make it very complicated for themselves, because for some reason they don’t start in Dutch or at least ask me first if they can speak Dutch to me, they just start in English and have sometimes a hard time finding their words.

Well, that was it, good luck to everyone learning Dutch!

 
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Posted by on 21 August 2013 in ENGLISH POST

 

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