Home is where your heart is…

Home is where your heart is… and my heart is with my family!

I testify the truth of this saying… I used to live in so many houses: I grew up in Agnita (Transylvania), I spent my youth and found my love in Cluj-Napoca, then I moved with her and my first kid in Brasov, where my second son was born. I lived alone in Philadelphia, U.S. for 11 months, in Groningen, Holland for 4, in Zurich, Switzerland 9 months, and now I live in Essen, Germany for 7 months already. So I don’t know where my house is, but for sure my home is with my family. And there is no better picture – although I didn’t have a professional or a fancy camera – than this one which is still my favorite, with my kid embracing the birds, the lake, the air, everything! When we were so happy because we were together, the entire family, and we could feed the birds, smile at the sun, and feel the joy of life. All I want is those moments to come back: that is my Home!

This is a photo I submitted on National Geographic, “yourshot” section, and it can be seen and probably voted there (click on the photo):

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Lolele in Agnita

In the center of Romania, in the little town Agnita, Sibiu county, it was resuscitated an old tradition of Sasi (Transylvanian Saxons; in German: Siebenburger Sachsen), documented since 1689. It was intermittently practiced and threatened with total disappearance after the movement of the Saxons in Germany in the last years of the communist regime and after the 1989 Romanian Revolution. It is named in German “Urzelnlauf” and in Romanian “Fuga Lolelor” (= run of Lole), or as it is called on short: Lole. The tradition was forbidden last time in 1941, then resumed and practiced between 1969 until 1990, when it was stopped again – and this time it seemed permanently. Luckily in 2006 Lolele were exemplary recommence in Agnita, this time by a group of Romanians, who understood the cultural and social importance of this event, beyond any kind of “ethnical” boundaries.

When I was a child I was quite squared of these personages, Lole. Now, it is a festival so dear to me! Lolele run through the city to ward off bad spirits out of the town.
Enjoy some pictures:

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Biserica fortificata din Agnita

Agnita (Agnetheln), micuța localitate din centrul țării, atestată documentar încă din 1280, renumită altădată prin breslele tăbăcarilor, cizmarilor, cojocarilor, croitorilor, dogarilor, olarilor etc., a primit deja în 1376 dreptul de a ține iarmaroc. Apoi, în 1466, Matei Corvin a acordat Agnitei şi “jus gladii”, un drept important al acelor vremi.

Din fortificațiile cetății săsești s-au păstrat destul de bine turnurile de apărare, și firește, biserica. Ceea ce este remarcabil, dacă ne gîndim că este una dintre cele mai vechi fortificații săsești din Transilvania – din secolul al XIII-lea; oricum o renovare a întregului ansamblu este absolut necesară.

Biserica-hală a fost construită în stil gotic, pe fundamentul unei vechi bazilici romane. De alfel, mai există în oraș urme romane: o fîntînă romană, din păcate nesemnalizată și nefolosită ca atracție turistică.

Postez mai jos cîteva dintre fotografiile mele. Se pot vedea cîteva turnuri, cum ar fi Turnul Olarilor (ceasul, după știrea mea, încă mai funcționează) lipit de Biserica Evanghelică, Turnul Dulgherilor, cu intrare boltită, prevăzută cu hersă, sau corpuri de clădire ale Școlii nr. 1, unde am învățat și eu opt ani, îmbinîndu-se cu vechi turnuri.