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Friday, 30 November 2018

100 Years of Romania

Dear hearts,

Being an expat means that one should acknowledge and join the new culture of the country he has been adopted to, but also not forget his own cultural heritage. That is why I admire immensely the President of the Polish-Romanian Community in Krakow. He's been living in this fine city for several years and has a Polish wife and a kind hearted Polish boy. I absolutely love their family! He studied at the Jagiellonian University of Economics in Krakow and since his Uni years, he saw there was a need for a "Romanian corner" - he was missing the books and the culture from home. (#DidYouKnow that Romania actually shared border with Poland?)... that's how he started, in the Public Library on Rajska 1, the "Romanian corner", that now holds over 600 books written in Romanian language - poetry, novels and children books as well! As per latest count, there are over 300 Romanian people living in Krakow and the Jagiellonian University has a section of Polish-Romanian studies. They have created the best Polish-Romanian dictionary in the world! And a lot of students from Romania come here to study Polish language and culture (and the other way around - Iasi has a centre for Polish studies). 
The church of Saint Joseph, Rynek Podgorze - Krakow - 27.11.2018
Ignat likes to surprise the community with regular events and for the 1st of December there are plenty of wonderful things planned. It all started with the symphonic concert of the new Transylvanian Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Philharmonic from Oradea, Romania, that took place on the 27th of November 2018 - 100th anniversary of Romania from The Great Unification (read the story below, from another external source). On the 1st of December, tomorrow, at 12 o'clock (middle of the day), please feel free invited to the St. Mary's Basilica in Krakow (Kosciol Mariacki) to attend the mess in the honour of the 100 years anniversary of Romania (The Great Unification). After that, at the Centrum Kultury Podgorza, on ulica Sokolska 13, you can join in the celebrations. There will be a photo exhibition, Romanian music, traditional Romanian food (cooked by the expats here in Krakow) and lots of surprises ;) so don't miss out on all the fun that was prepared!
1918. It is the year with the most anniversaries of events from Romania’s multi-millennia history. The Great Unification in 1918 resulted in all the historical provinces inhabited by Romanians to get together, within one single country, Romania.
The end of World War I, the fall of the Russian and Austro-Hungarian empires, as well as the determination of the Romanian nation to live in one country, have triggered a series of historical events.
On March 27, 1918, an official declaration gets public, stating that “Basarabia, within its boundaries which are the rivers Prut and Nistru, the Black Sea and the old borders […], by the historical law and the rights of the nation […], UNITES WITH ITS MOTHER, ROMANIA”. This was the beginning of forming Greater Romania.
Later, on November 15/28, 1918, the General Congress of Bucovina voted the unification of Bucovina and Romania. This was the second important moment on the way to the Great Unification.
The eyes of all the Romanians were then turned toward Alba Iulia, and, on November 18 / December 1, 1918, in the Great National Assembly the “Resolution” was read, officially proclaiming the union of the rest of the Romanian provinces: Transylvania, Banat, Crișana and Maramureș with the Kingdom of Romania. This was the peak moment of the historical process that had led to forming Greater Romania.
Selecting the city of Alba Iulia for the event was also a homage to Michael the Brave who was the first to unite the Romanian provinces together, for a brief period of time, in 1600.
The Great Unification was also possible due to the first unification of the two main provinces Moldova and Țara Românească in 1859 and the independence acquired by the Romanian Principalities after the war in 1877-1878.
100 years have passed and we are all celebrating that moment now. Romania looks ahead but does not forget its past. “A people that does not know their history is like a child not knowing their parents.” The Romanian historian Nicolae Iorga said.
December 1st is the National Day of Romania.

Without any further ado, here are a few other photos from the concert on the 27th of November:
P.S. in case you have any questions about the 1st of December celebrations, or about the Romanian Community in Krakow,  feel free to reach out to me on my Facebook page

Yours sincerely,
The Twisted Red LadyBug That Loves Krakow But Doesn't Forget Her Roots :)
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Monday, 19 November 2018

New Changes Coming for Public Transport in Krakow

Dearest sweethearts,

#DidYouKnow that encouraged by the high number of people that requested Karta Krakowska, the officials suggested increasing the fee for a single-way ticket (bilet jednoprzejazdowy) from 3.8 to 4 zloty? They also tick about cancelling the 20 minute ticket for 2.8 zloty & the monthly tickets for one and two lines. This way they think they will encourage people to buy the monthly, all lines ticket - that currently costs 72 zloty (for the Karta Krakowska owners) but they wish to drop it to 65 zloty. This sounds fair for the Karta Krakowska owners, as they chose to pay taxes in the capital of Malopolska so they earned this compensation. But what about the regular citizen or the tourists? 
Photo taken at the Muzeum of Engineering, Krakow,  Poland
Many residents, however, emphasize that buying tickets now - monthly - for one or two lines - for the Karta Krakowska that would be 37 or 52 zloty - would force them, after the change, to pay more than before - potentially 65 zloty. The liquidation of tickets for one and two lines would be felt even more by people who commute by bus outside or Krakow, as part of the agglomeration ticket that holds Strefa I  and Strefa II. They would have a network ticket for 123 zloty with the Karta Krakowska and 140 zloty without it. In such a situation many residents stated that it is better to use a car... Yet the president, officials and councillors are repeating that they want to limit the number of cars in Krakow. 
Photo taken at the Muzeum of Engineering - Krakow, Poland
"The question is, how many of these people, due to the increase, will resign from using MPK and change into their own car" says Lukasz Gibala. In the face of two huge problems faced by the residents of Krakow - for example: smog and traffic jams - we should do everything to get as many people possible from cars to MPK. In the last campaign of Mr. Lukasz Gibala he was saying that there should be a full exemption from paying MPK tickets for people paying taxes in Krakow - a model of the capital of Estonia. 

Yours sincerely,
The Twisted Red LadyBug That Loves Krakow
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