Toamna tarzie

raspandind pe alei

miros de tamaie

si frunze de tei

o pasare zboara

spre cerul cel greu

iar toamna coboara

in sufletul meu


De dimineata

Mi-a incoltit de o vreme un gand, acela de a deveni mai putin sociala virtual si mai prietenoasa in viata reala. E destul de greu sa restaurezi echilibrul asta, doar suntem oameni ocupati si in acelasi timp lenesi. In toata nebunia asta de metro, boulot, dodo nu ne prea ramane timp de socializat cu adevarat, si uneori chiar daca avem un pic de timp, ne lipseste energia. Asa ca ne pacalim cu niste like-uri, comment-uri si postari pe wall. Pe mine nu ma satisfac toate astea. Din contra ma lasa cu un gol mare in inima, acolo unde prietenii mei ar trebui sa fie. Pe vremurile BF (before facebook) distanta nu era o mare problema. Skype, yahoo, telefonul – faceau ca miile de kilometri sa nu mai insemne asa de mult. Cand auzi vocea unui prieteni si ii vezi zambetul, toate sunt mai bune si mai frumoase.
Singura dimensiune care imi place la facebook este usurinta de a posta imagini, dar asta e si unu lucru care nu imi place in acelasi timp. Imi facea mai multa placere sa primesc din cand un email frumos cu fotografii atasate, un email numai pentru mine, care imi arata ca el sau ea s-a gandit la mine. Poate ca sunt demodata dar nu voi mai posta pe facebook. In schimb imi voi suna prietenii mai des, ma voi intalni cu ei mai des, le voi scrie emailuri mai lungi.

TakingITGlobal Multilingual Community

TakingITGlobal | Multilingual Community: The Power of Language
Posted on September 12, 2011 by Victor Rivero

TakingITGlobal | By Jennifer Corriero

“Multilingualism is an important concept to be recognized because it can be directly linked to equality. TIG is a great platform for advocating such a concept. The involvement in non-profit organizations creates a great opportunity for networking which can be beneficial for teenagers’ psychological development and perhaps actual career development.” —Jessica Zou , Chinese Language Engagement Coordinator

TakingITGlobal (TIG) strives to actively engage youth all around the world to create a more peaceful and sustainable world. TIG’s online community provides youth with resources and collaborative tools to support social action and community development. With members in more than 200 countries, TIG understands its role as a global platform. Therefore, TIG would like to provide for their users a resource that reflects the diversity of their network and showcases local opportunities, expressions and perspectives equally. The creation of TIG’s Multilingual Site serves as a multilingual platform that can be accessible to all users. The Multilingual Site assists in encouraging a sense of global awareness, collaboration, cultural understanding, leadership and initiative amongst youths in local communities and around the world.

“Multilingualism turns TakingITGlobal into community available to everyone everywhere around the world! And just the very idea that all the work is being done by enthusiastic and passionate volunteers, and not highly remunerated professionals, is going beyond awesomeness!” says Kseniia Beznos, Russian Language Engagement Coordinator.

Languages play a pivotal role in preserving diversity, presenting personal expression and communicating with others across the globe. To help facilitate global understanding and encourage youth participation in social movements for a stronger global society, TakingITGLobal now presents its website in 13 different languages. It is because of our 120 dedicated virtual volunteers that TIG was able to offer its platform in 13 different languages. In efforts to recognize TIG’s hardworking volunteers, every month TIG takes the opportunity to honour two multilingual volunteers. For the month of June, TIG would like to recognize Kamal Hamani from the French Team and Merybell Reynoso-Hidalgo from the Spanish Team (way to go!). Each language is broken down into teams of volunteers – there are 16 language teams in total. To read more about Kamal and Merybell’s experience volunteering with TIG, check out (add hyperlink

Meet Lavinia Spargo, TIG’s Romanian Language Engagement Coordinator. “I have lead the Romanian translation team for two months,” says Lavnia. “The reason I accepted the challenge was the opportunity to be in a decision making position. It is new to me, and I want to create a team that goes beyond their job description, a group of visionaries who are not scared to use TakingITGlobal in order to put their ideas into practice. I am now in the position where I can actually shape this team and produce results, and this excites me!” she says.

Lavinia has always been passionate about languages. Her obsession to learn languages started when she was eight years old. Born and raised in Romania, Lavinia has had the privilege to live in both Great Britain and France. She is now fluent in Romanian, English and French. Having learnt multiple languages, Lavinia never feels lost or afraid to live outside her home country because she has the greatest tool with her, language. To communicate with a wider audience, Lavinia plans to add Spanish to the list of languages she can speak. Lavinia’s ultimate ambition is to one day translate for the European Commission.

Additionally, Lavinia wants to use her language skills to interact with individuals all around the world. She hopes her interaction with others can aid her in serving underprivileged communities in Romania. Her goal is to provide a level of education in order for impoverished Romanian citizens to live a decent life.

Lavinia believes that technology can be a strong ally to language and education. Hence, Lavinia felt TakingITGlobal was a great place for her to focus her voluntary work on translations. “TakingITGlobal is an organisation that brings these three elements together, and unleashes this potential to the benefit of the world,” she says. “It encourages multilingualism as a means of becoming citizens of the world, influencing more than one community through our actions, and sharing fresh ideas with people from all corners of the world. I have learnt so much since I’ve been volunteering!”

Lavinia also explains that Youth who get involved in non-profit activities grow more as human beings. They do it for the satisfaction, pleasure and joy that it can offer to others.
“This big world is made of little things, if each of us made a little change, it would have such a great effect on the world we live in!” says Lavinia.

TIG’s Multilingual page was developed to celebrate cultural diversity and to help TIG users make the most of TIG’s multilingual resources. TIG is committed in ensuring that everyone not only has a voice, but has an opportunity to be heard. TakingITGlobal is the web’s most multilingual on-line community for youth interested in making a different. TIG invites you to explore and participate in presenting your personal expressions on TIG’s Multilingual Community page.


Jennifer Corriero is the co-founder and executive director of TakingITGlobal, an online learning community for youth interested in global issues and creating positive change. Her extensive experience includes developing and driving youth programs related to technology, collaboration and entrepreneurship, and designing and delivering interactive learning experiences to empower youth and community leaders. She has been a delegate to the World Summit on the Information Society; she’s presented and supported civil society engagement at events including the World Urban Forum, World Summit on Sustainable Development and other global forums. Corriero has been a youth engagement strategy consultant for Microsoft, TD Bank, Ontario Science Centre and the Canadian Government. She earned her BA in Business, Communications, Technology and a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University. An innovator, leader and engaging public speaker, she has been widely recognized by various conferences, organizations, universities and mainstream magazines for her tireless efforts in motivating the youth of the world. Contact her through TakingITGlobal.


O duminică frumoasă

A plouat mult ieri. Dar dacă te iei după ploaie și după vânt, nu mai ieși nicăieri. Așa că am ieșit. Și am mers pe drumuri unde nu am mai fost. Care m-au dus în locuri unde nu am mai fost.

Dunele de nisip de la Merthyr Mawr..Acolo unde s-au filmat scene din Lawrence of Arabia.. Acolo unde te simti atat de confuz, in fata unei vaste intinderi de nisip, la o distanta considerabila de ocean, si la o distanta si mai mare de zonele desertice ale pamantului. Un minunat fenomen al naturii, într-o zonă atât de tradițională, cu case cu acoperiș de paie, cu pășuni pentru oi, cu ruine de vechi castel, competiții de cai.

Până și ploaia s-a oprit. Iar eu am luat-o la fugă pe dealul de nisip, și mi-a luat vreo câteva minute să îmi recapăt răsuflarea.

Această prezentare necesită JavaScript.

Iar spre seară, am mers la cealaltă extremă, prin păduri, pe dealuri, la văzut cascade și rațe pe lac.

Și Jonathan a decis că cel mai ”bun” mod de a încheia ziua e să aibă o pană de cauciuc la vreo 10km de casă, pe înserate…

Cu bicicletele

In sfarsit am reusit sa il fac pe Jonathan sa iasa cu mine cu bicicleta. Iar acum nu il mai pot convinge sa stea in casa. Nici nu e de mirare. Avem piste de biciclisti de lungimi mai mult decat decente, ce serpuiesc prin locuri atat de frumoase – paduri, parcuri naturale – se intrec cu raurile si cu drumurile, la deal si la vale, pentru a ne oferi cel mai bun exercitiu cardio-respirator, pe gratis!

Avem 3 rute principale:

din Brynmenyn (unde locuim noi ) pana in Kenfig Hill (la prietenii nostri) – 10 km, la deal si la vale, prin padure si prin Parc Slip

din Brynmenyn pana in Nantymoel – 13 km, prin padure, zona stancoasa

din Brynmenyn pana in Blaengarw – 13 km, din Parcul Natural Bryngarw, paralel cu raul Garw

Acum cateva luni am inchiriat biciclete in Margam Park, este extrem de frumos primavara, toti copacii sunt in floare, iar peisajele iti taie respiratia.

Atata timp cat e vremea frumoasa (in limitele posibilitatilor, pana la urma suntem in Tara Galilor), vom inlocui mersul la sala cu mersul pe bicicleta. E ieftin si sanatos, si foarte distractiv, mai ales atunci cand esti in competitie cu celalalt 🙂

Goana dupa vant

Cu ce greseste cineva daca nu isi doreste o cariera si nu se zdrobeste in fiecare minut al vietii sa atinga un anumit punct de satisfactie profesionala si un anumit statut social (care aduce beneficii financiare)?
De ce esti privit un pic ca un „looser” daca scopul tau in viata e de a fi fericit alaturi de familie, de a fi sanatos si de a te bucura de ceea ce viata iti ofera, fara a ravni un titlu sau un anumit salariu?

Eu mereu am crezut ca voi fi o femeie de cariera, care cariera nu am stiut niciodata, mereu mi-au placut toate si am fost pasionata de multe. Pur si simplu nu vreau sa cad in capcana vietii petrecute la serviciu, a instrainarii de familie in profitul castigurilor financiare. Eu cred ca trebuie sa existe un echilibru in toate.

Toata lumea alearga dupa bani, dar oare sunt ei toti fericiti? Daca m-ai pune sa aleg intre un salariu de zece ori mai mare, sau a-l avea pe catelul meu pentru totdeauna, nici nu as sta pe ganduri, pentru ca niciodata banii nu mi-au atins sufletul asa cum catelul asta scump mi-l mangaie in fiecare zi.

Nu condamn pe nimeni care e in cautare de cariera, ba le doresc tuturor succes! Eu pur si simplu am ajuns la o concluzie: ca daca nu e sa se intample, nu voi forta circumstantele, si voi fi mereu bucuroasa pentru ceea ce am, o familie minunata, sanatate, si doua tari care inseamna acasa!

Va pup!

Minunile mici sunt cele mai bune

Sunt zile cand parca lumea e mai buna, si te apuci sa speri ca asta va dura mai mult de o zi. Zile ca astazi, cand e un soare bland care se arata discret si imbraca toate lucrurile in culori stralucitoare. Zile cand mergi pe strada zambind fara motiv, cand simti ca ai un suflet, si cand toti oamenii iti sunt prieteni.

In lunga mea plimbare cu Arni, m-am aventurat pe drumuri si carari necunoscute, nu m-am temut ca ma ratacesc, si nu m-am ratacit. Am mers la rau, am mers pe camp, si oamenii intalniti in cale m-au salutat, au vorbit cu mine, m-am simtit ca atunci cand mergi in sat si toata lumea se cunoaste, doar ca pe oamenii astia nu ii cunosc. Si totusi ei sunt atat de draguti. Si nu costa nimic sa fi asa, sa zambesti prietenos celorlalti, ca si un semn de complicitate intru frumusetea zilei.

Si in zile ca astea te gandesti ca lucrurile astea conteaza, nu facturile prea mari si salariile prea mici, astea palesc in importanta cand sunt puse alaturi de senzatiile date de natura si de micile gesturi care iti cresc speranta in omenire.

Si in timp ce scriu ma gandesc ca sunt prostuta si ca luni lumea nu va mai fi asa, dar pana atunci ma inchid in turnul meu de fildes si ma bucur de primavara asta care ma umple de bucurie!