Jassiorum municipium or by others from Jassic people -Yazyges tribes or just IASI today, is one of the oldest cities of historical Moldavia region of Romania.
It was my first time in this amazing , full of beauty city.
City with at least 600 years history. City with the first university , with the oldest theatre in Romania.
City where poets , and so many great characters lived and are living ,and write , and drink and sing ,chew the air of life sometimes exceeding their lung capacity !
I went armed with some knowledge of the past from books read , some attitude of the present explained by the people of Iasi living abroad and some of the current trends which are , in the age of globalisation, everywhere the same. Just somewhere , like flowers , they manage to grow faster and somewhere not.
Globalisation ? Beautiful idea to bring people together, as long as we are brought together without loosing our selves , our history , tradition ,customs , values. As long as we are free to decide our future and chose the path ourselves. As long as there is true and complete respect for differences from all of us human beings.
The impressions after a week have passed are still strong, ardent , even that I hoped to have the intensity of felling’s settled before writing.
One is certain!
I have visited extraordinary beautiful place.
Beautiful surroundings, awake passionate people , open eyes , smiles and help ready atmosphere everywhere. You open your soul there and do not worry about anything! It will be so well received that you will be amazed . Why? Well you can feel that there was a lot of pain involved in this place ,and maybe it still is. And that is what it makes the people there so understanding , so passionate. But you need to be genuine , as fakes are promptly excluded and dealt with . Iasi is giving you the opportunity to be original , to open your soul , to ,if you lost some pieces, actually find your self again. It is a reward you will get, firstly and mostly from your own self!
You will meet very polite people and if you have a chance please try to understand the way they express them selves in Romanian. There you say “Thank you “ and they do not say “do not mention it “ or other accustomed expressions. They , all of them, say “placere” ,pleasure. Pleasure to help ,to reply , to communicate , which is often accompanied with hand shake and genuine smile!
And the eyes ! Expressive , genuine , investigative , natural , that “mirror of the soul” are so amazingly beautiful there that it will stay in my memory forever !
One friend of mine at the Facebook has written
“OCHII SUNT OGLINDA SUFLETULUI”
The eyes are the mirror of the soul.
And she is from Iasi.
Proud people , and at the same time quiet with manners and respect ,but firm and practical in their replies , always open for conversation, for exchanging views . I have felt that when visiting University Alexandru Ioan Cuza Rectorate and famous Lost Steps hall.
Book eaters ! Book lovers ! Open minded knowledge seeking people they are!!!
I also had an opportunity to walk and meet people in tram and at railway station , to make photos , to see expressions of the faces in everyday life moments. And again I was impressed. Impressed by patience , overwhelmed by their smiles and acceptance to talk to a foreigner. Humanity at its best!
I had very passionate, romantic and at the same time so human and humble experiences .
Firstly, going to the theatre , and living through such a great performance( “VISIT” of Friedrich Durrenmatt) in impressive surroundings , done by extremely professional yet authentic actors with such qualities that a lot of theatres world wide would be happy to have them.
That was actually the impetus for continuing the night by visiting the Casa Bolta Rece restaurant where Eminescu and Creanga were spending their time and I am sure , so sure after visiting , finding the inspiration for their work.
It reminded me of a restaurant near my high school we ,four of us, were visiting while periodically escaping from the school lessons ,and talking , discussing , teaching and being teached from famous writers , poets, we were analysing with great passion like it was the last of our life! We were not Creanga and Eminescu but we were in our own world , free, genuine human beings so very curious about everything, actually looking for inspiration, for boost of positive energy to continue with our lives. And it have helped our school grades at the end!
I am very sure that there are today young and not so young people doing the same everywhere !
And it did not finished at Casa Bolta Rece.
We got “furnished” with two glasses and one new bottle of beautiful and tasty Romanian white wine accompanied with the rhyme of Petru Fantanaru
“ Cute glasses
Since before me to put
To pour wine into them
Or in Romanian
Dinainte-mi sa se puna
Sa se toarne vin in ele,
Pofta buna! “
And continued by visiting the park around midnight. Drinking wine from those “cute glasses” with moon and stars being our guardians, we were talking and talking ,laughing , dropping tears, burningly opening our souls as we were completely captured by the atmosphere of the moment. It was a kind of experience I will never , ever forget as it was loaded with authentic felling of being happy and alive.
The rest is history.
With Mihai Eminescu( as he was near!) present in our thoughts as well by below rhyme
“And in this poverty
You inspire, sing
I have not seen a penny for a century
I have not drink for a month”
(‘’’ Barde – person who composed epic or melodic poems often by playing harp , lyre etc...)
And in Romanian
“Si-n aceasta saracie, te inspira, canta,
Bani n-am mai vazut de-un secol, vin
n-am mai baut de-o luna.”
The rest, second time, is history.
I would like to wish all my old and new friends from Iasi “Health and good will” as Ion Creanga wished to Mihai Eminescu in one of his letters.
“SANATATE SI VOIE BUNA”
Will see you again Iasi!
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