Living in Alberta – Guest Post

Parca eram prin clasa a 7a cand Ana-Maria a venit cu vestea bomba ca se muta impreuna cu familia in Canada. Si dupa atatia ani de locuit acolo, atatea locuri frumoase vazute, atatea drumuri de munte batute si ras-batute la pas, am zis ca-i musai sa o convingem sa ne scrie un guest post pe blog πŸ™‚ Ar fi fost pacat de toate pozele dementiale pe care le vedem pe Facebook-ul Anei, de ni se scurg ochii dupa peisajele parca scoase din revista celor de la National Geographic. Si adevarul este ca asa ne-ar tenta (inca) o vizita in Canada, de data asta insa pe coasta vestica. De cand tot spunem ca mergem sa vedem si noi Stancosii, asa ca ce sa mai tura-vura, vom face cum om faceΒ si poate dam o fuga la vara. Tot cu IcelandAir, poate-poate mai facem o escala de vreo doua zile si-n Islanda πŸ™‚Β 


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RO: Daca nu stii foarte multe lucruri despre Canada, voi face un scurt rezumat de cateva cuvinte: sirop de artar, doua limbi oficiale, zece provincii, faruri pe coasta de est, munti pe cea de vest si o mie de insule intre acestea.

EN:Β If you don’t know much about Canada, let me summarize it for you in a few words: maple syrup, two official languages, ten provinces, east coast lighthouses, west coast mountains, and one thousand islands in between.
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Lake Agnes

RO: Pana acum am avut placerea de a locui in si de a exploraΒ trei provincii canadiene. Alberta este locul in care locuiesc in acest moment si nu as putea fi mai fericita. Locuiesc la zece minute de Calgary iar atunci cand am venit pentru prima oara aici, in 2012, am fost impresionata de ospitalitatea sudica si de farmecul oamenilor din vest. Cateva cuvinte despre Calgary: pe timp de iarna avem asa numitele Chinooks, niste vanturi calde, iar temperaturile pot creste foarte rapid peste noapte de la -20C pana la 10C. Asa ca iernile aici sunt chiar foarte placute si suntem norocosi sa avemΒ cele mai multe ore de lumina dintre toate orasele canadiene. Chiar daca este un oras mare, in plina dezvoltare, are totusi acea atmosfera de oras mic – traficul nu este o problema, oamenii frecventeaza in general aceleasi locuri si practica aceleasi activitati: urcat pe munte, schiat, snowboard. Cu alte cuvinte, munte, munte si iar munte πŸ™‚

EN: So far I have had the pleasure to live in three provinces and got to explore a bit of one other. Alberta is where I call home now and I could not be happier. I live ten minutes from Calgary and when I first moved here back in 2012 I was impressed by the southern-like hospitality that came accompanied by people’s western charm. Β A few fun things about Calgary: in the winters we get warm winds called Chinooks and the temperature can increase as steeply as from -20C to +10C overnight.Β  So winters here are actually very pleasant and with having the most hours of sunshine out of all the big Canadian cities, we are in luck. Despite the fact it is a large and fast growing city, it still has that somewhat small town feel – traffic is rarely an issue, people usually congregate around the same hotspots, and overall, most people’s past times revolve around the same activities: hiking, skiing, snowboarding; in other words, mountains, mountains, mountains.

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Lower Kananaskis before sunrise
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Heart Mountain
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Rae Glacier
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Rae Glacier
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Elbow Lake and Rae Glacier

canada-1RO: Iar faptul ca locuiesc la o ora de condus de Muntii Stancosi, departe de viata de oras, in mijlocul naturii, este o experienta incomparabila cu orice alt loc in care am locuit pana acum. Muntii Stancosi sunt inconjurati de parcuri nationale ca scoase din alta lume. Lacuri si rauri cu apa turcoaz fac ca peisajele sa fie nefiresc de frumoase. Unele dintre cele mai faimoase rauri si lacuri sunt raul Bow, lacul Louise si alte acumulari de apa ce deriva din ghetarii din apropiere. Apa din ghetari este foarte rece, dupa cum e de asteptat, insa foarte curata si refracta lumina verde-albastra extrem de frumoasa pe care o vezi numai in poze si ai impresia ca este doar un truc al Photoshop-ului.

EN: Living within one hour’s drive from the Rocky Mountains – away from the city life and straight into the nature haven – is an incomparable experience to anywhere I have lived before.Β The Canadian Rockies are marbled around surreal national and provincial parks. Turquoise lakes and rivers fill the landscape with uncanny beauty. One of the most notable rivers is the Bow River that makes its way from the Rockies into Calgary and all the way into the prairies. Just like the Bow River, Lake Louise and other spectacular bodies of water, derive from glaciers nearby. Glacier water is, as expected, cold but very clean and refracts the unbelievably beautiful blue-green color that you see in pictures and may think it was the wonders of Photoshop.

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Mount John Laurie
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Mount John Laurie
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Prairie Mountain
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Prairie Mountain
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Grassi Lakes
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East End of Rundle

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Mount Rundle
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Lake Louise

RO: Muntii Stancosi ofera o multime de activitati pentru o scurta evadare. Optiunile sunt cu nemiluita. Personal, am explorat o foarte mica parte din toate puzderia de trasee, varfuri, rauri si lacuri din imprejurimi. Sa mergi intr-o excursie la munte este frumos in orice sezon, fie ca este vorba de tot felul de activitati fizice, explorat natura sau pur si simplu sa te bucuri de priveliste pe timp de vara cu o bere rece, produsa intr-o berarie locala sau cu o ciocolata fierbinte pe timp de iarna. Este cate ceva de facut pentru oricine!

EN: The Rockies offer a great getaway for numerous activities. The options are endless. Personally, I have only explored a sand grain of the plethora of trails, peaks, rivers and lakes around here. Taking a trip into the mountains is beautiful in any season whether it’s about being active, exploring the nature, or enjoying the view with a cold beer from a local brewery in the summer or a hot chocolate in the winter; there is something to do for everyone!
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