I would like to share with you the beauty of our earth! Today I start the series “Where is…”
I will post important and interesting facts about one nation + music or video. I choose for my first “Where is…” Romania. You’d like this sound! Just listen and watch this video and you will fall in love with this beautiful country Romania. This music sounds actually very typical “Balkan”. If you ever have explored East Europe, so you know how different and interesting cultures are there.
With a surface area of 238,391 square kilometres (92,043 sq mi), Romania is the largest country in southeastern Europe and the twelfth-largest in Europe. A large part of Romania's border with Serbia and Bulgaria is formed by the Danube.
According to the 2002 census, Romania has a population of 21.698,181 and, similarly to other countries in the region, is expected to gently decline in the coming years as a result of sub-replacement fertility rates. Romanians make up 89.5% of the population. The largest ethnic minorities are Hungarians, who make up 6.6% of the population and Roma, or Gypsies, who make up 2.46% of the population.
Bucharest is the capital and the largest city in Romania.
Bran Castle was built in 1212, and became commonly known as Dracula's Castle after the myths that it was the home of Vlad III Dracula.
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Sunday morning always brings me warmth and fragrance of peace. This is a small part of the week, which is reserved only for me. Sunday morning belongs to ME! I always wake up on Sunday with a good mood, I am not pressed for time or tasks, I’m not in a hurry, I have the entire Sunday just for me.
I like eating something special, delicious, without counting the calories. Today I choose the croissant. I bought it on Tuesday and I hardly stand to keep it till Sunday. I wished that I have enough time to enjoy the taste, the smell, to eat it slowly and dream every second until the croissant melts in my mouth.
I like lazy Sundays!
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Earth Day is every day
Earth Day, celebrated April 22, is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment. It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in in 1970 and is celebrated in many countries every year.
Earth Day 2009, April 22, will mark the beginning of The Green Generation CampaignTM which will also be the focus of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day in 2010. With negotiations for a new global climate agreement coming up in December, Earth Day 2009 must be a day of action and civic participation, to defend The Green GenerationTM's core principles: Family with windmills: Renewable energy for future generations.
What to do today and every day?
1. Take a bus today! Or ride your bike :)
2. Replace your light bulbs with energy efficient ones
3. Be creative and come up with an innovative way to live green
4. Adopt a beach, a park, or a street and help clean it up
5. Forward links of environmental websites to your friends and family
6. Buy an electric car
7. Get a solar gadget
8. Cut down on the amount of paper/water/energy you use
9. … just Go Green
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Have you ever thought you will laugh an EU regulation?
I found at http://instruct1.cit.cornell.edu/Courses/his452/fetawars.html a really amusing story. I have laugh about an hour reading it. If you have time to spend I recommend you to read the entire story.
I try to reproduce it short ;)
The European Union is a large union including 27 member states. Each country is trying to keep its national identity and of course want be proud of its national symbols – history, victories, famous people, writers, traditions, food etc. Feta cheese has become a reason to involve many countries from EU in a furious conflict.
“Summary of the Conflict: In 1994, Greece asked ...
for PDO status from the EU for feta cheese, which they contended was a uniquely Greek product. The European Commission accepted this in 1996 despite the anger of Denmark, Germany, and France. These three nations stood to lose a great deal of money if feta became a strictly Greek product. However, this decision was overturned in 1999 due to challenges mounted by the aforementioned nations. The Commission conducted an investigation into the origins of feta, accepting information from both sides, and in 2002 declared that PDO status would be given to Greece. On October 14, 2002 feta cheese was officially named a Greek product that can only be produced in particular areas of Greece and under certain regulations. Other countries have continued to protest this ruling, requiring a recent reaffirmation by the Commission in 2005. The most intriguing development involves the impending entrance into the EU of Bulgaria. Unlike Denmark, Germany, and France, who argued against the PDO status for predominantly economic reasons, Bulgaria has its own cultural claims to feta. Bulgarians contend that feta is in fact their own, and it appears certain that the feta conflict will continue.”
“History of Feta Cheese Production: Feta cheese is a brined cheese that is made from goat and sheep milk… Within Greece, feta has been produced in much the same way for thousands of years. The unique climate of the Greek mountains is believed to give feta cheese its distinct taste, with the main ingredient coming from sheep and goats that graze in the area… It takes about an hour for the milk to coagulate, and then it is cut into large cubes. These cubes are packed away into barrels and refrigerated for about two months… The interesting thing about feta cheese is that it continues to develop as it ages, much like fine wine. It will taste differently depending on how many months it has been allowed to age. The Greeks have been regulating this process since 1935, and their firm tradition ensures a cheese with a strong, salty taste. Other producers, like France and Denmark, often use cow's milk in the process, and they may use coloring agents that Greek producers strictly prohibit…
Denmark is the second largest feta cheese producer in Europe, producing about 30,000 tons a year and exporting most of it. It started production in the 1930's, and then began to market its cheese as "feta" in 1963.
France started producing feta in the 1930's, and a vast amount of this production is currently exported to other countries.
Germany started its feta production much more recently, beginning in 1972. They began marketing it as "feta" in 1985.
Producers in these countries believe that the Greeks can have their genuine brand of feta, but that the term itself should not be removed from use. This will require significant remarketing costs as well as a probable drop in revenue when the former "feta" cheese receives a name unknown to consumers. All three of these countries export most of their feta cheese.”
And now the conflict began to escalate! This is actually the funny part …
“The projected 2007 entrance into the EU of Bulgaria further complicates the conflict. Unlike the economically focused arguments of Denmark, Germany, and France, Bulgaria has deeper cultural claims to feta cheese. Bulgaria produces its own white brined cheese, very similar to the Greek feta cheese. Some Bulgarians claim that what is known as "feta" cheese actually originated in their country, and thus should not be designated as a product of Greece only. Currently, Greek and Bulgarian diplomats are battling over cheese issues. Greece complains that Bulgarian firms are illegally marketing their brined cheese as feta and exporting it to other countries. The Bulgarians have retorted by claiming that Greek producers have been repackaging Bulgarian cheese and marketing it as their own feta. With the entrance of Bulgaria into the EU, the tension is certain to escalate.”
So, this is not the end of the publication. The author has published opinions from people all over the world; some people travel often and know all the traditional dishes, other people have never heard about the Macedonian salad …
Not to forget to mention “…national identities are far more vivid and have the benefit of a historical past that appeals to people in a far greater way than this comparatively new notion of Europe…”
If we set aside national identity, competitiveness, market, export, fairness, profit etc. I want to ask:
Why people have to lose time and money in investigation such “problems”
Is it real a problem or just a way to turn aside the attention of the inhabitants in other directions and meanwhile making unfair policies?
Why I pay taxes - 6% of the EU budget is going for EU-administration and the budget main money source is GDP from the each member state: http://europa.eu/abc/budget/use/administration/index_en.htm
If I want to produce chocolate should Switzerland stop me? Switzerland is famous with chocolate and watches but actually Switzerland is not part of the European Union.
I’m sure that in the coming years we’ll find in all stores Feta cheese made in China :)
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Do you remeber the 2-4 family? What are doing these guys recently?
They had such amazing and positive music...stay, lean on me...
So I found out what Mike Johnson is doing ;) in a small east european country
He is doing well :)
Enjoy this video! Mikey is really fantastic here
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