The best of times, the worst of times

view of the Black Sea from a tall building in Constanta
View from one of the apartments (sunrise)

Moving is so stressful. I hate packing and unpacking. I have no organization skills whatsoever and I end up shoving random things in boxes that won’t stay shut because I’m not great with the scotch tape either. Watching me do all this is like watching Bambi learn to walk. But I did it. I’ve moved and I’m almost done unpacking and it just hit me that I won’t be living in Mangalia anymore. I didn’t have time to process this until now. I lived in Constanta county for a little over 10 years. 8 years in the city and 2 in Mangalia, a town that’s part of the county. The total number of apartments I’ve lived in is 11. That’s a lot, right? No wonder I hate moving. I’ve moved more than most people do in a lifetime.

My living there can be summed up with what Charles Dickens once wrote in A Tale of Two Cities: ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way’.

Here are some photos from ‘the best of times’ 🙂


Mutatul este atât de stresant. Urăsc împachetatul și despachetatul. Stau foarte prost la capitolul ‘organizare’ și de aceea sfârșesc mereu prin a îndesa în cutii lucruri la întâmplare, cutii care apoi aproape că rămân desfăcute pentru că n-am îndemânare nici cu rola de scoci. Dacă m-ar privi cineva, i-aș aminti de Bambi când învăta să meargă. Dar am reușit. M-am mutat și aproape că am terminat și cu despachetatul și abia acum mi-am dat seama că nu o să mai locuiesc în Mangalia. N-am avut timp să realizez asta până acum. Am locuit în județul Constanța puțin peste 10 ani. 8 ani în orașul propriu-zis și 2 în Mangalia. Numărul total de apartamente în care am locuit este 11. Cam mult, nu? Nu-i de mirare că urăsc să mă mut. M-am mutat mai des decât o fac alții într-o viață întreagă.

În ‘Poveste despre două orașe’, Charles Dickens spunea: ‘Era cea mai bună dintre vremi, era cea mai nepăstuită dintre vremi, era epoca înțelepciunii, epoca neroziei, veacul credinței, veacul necredinței, răstimpul Luminii, răstimpul întunericului, primăvara nădejdii, iarna deznădejdii, aveam totul în față, aveam doar nimicul în față, ne înălțam cu toții de-a dreptul la ceruri, ne cufundam cu toții de-a dreptul în iad.’ Cam dramatic dar așa aș descrie pe scurt acești 10 ani locuiți acolo.

Iată și niste poze din ‘cea mai bună dintre vremi’ 🙂

yachts in Mangalia

The Black Sea on a clear day

Going to the beach

bench in Mamaia Constanta


The Black Sea

pine tree

sunset in the forest



yachts after the storm


9 thoughts on “The best of times, the worst of times

  1. Well everybody hates the process of moving itself, but I love the whole idea of moving from one place to another. I bet during so many years you build up a whole history and there is so much you are going to miss, but I am also sure that now you are going to start a totally new chapter in your life, isn’t that exciting 😀 Good luck with settling down there, Alina! 🙂

  2. All will be well deary . I have found that the best in life comes with new beginnings. So enjoy this new chapter in your life because all things were meant to be.

    fortitudo, fortitude, decus

    1. I agree. It has both pleasant and unpleasant aspects to it. For now, I choose to be an optimist and only see the bright side. Unless I have to move again :))

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