The 24th of January 1859


`ROMANIA WAS BORN IN IASI!`
 by Stefan Soldan
On the 24th of January 1859, the Small Union took place - the Union of the Romanian Principalities under the command of Alexandru Ioan Cuza. This event was the first step towards the creation of the modern Romanian state and the Big Union (1918).
            The Small Union was the result of a process which started in 1848 and which was based on the powerful economic and cultural similarities between Moldavia and Wallachia. In that year, the customs union was accomplished. Then, after the Crimean War, the idea of the Union became an important topic for debate and it was also encouraged by the favourable external situation.
            On the 22nd of September 1857, in Moldavia, at the meeting of the Ad-Hoc Divan (which was actually a National Assembly) the Union was agreed on, and, on the 30th of the same month, the Divan in Wallachia did the same. By means of the drafted documents, the foundation for the Union was laid.
            On the 5th/17th of January, elections were held in Iasi, in Moldavia, and the elected domnitor (ruler) was Alexandru Ioan Cuza. The next week, elections were held in Bucharest. The Major Powers did not specify that the Romanian Principalities cannot be ruled by the same domnitor, and, as a result, the Romanians took advantage of this and elected Alexandru Ioan Cuza as the ruler of Wallachia as well.
            The fact that he made the Union possible is not the only success we owe to Cuza. Due to him, the Union was internationally recognized and by means of the reforms he carried out in all domains, he laid the foundations of the modern Romanian State. The new country was named Romania after the abdication of Cuza in 1866, when the first constitution was also drafted.
            After all these events, 159 years later, on the day of January the 24th, we relive, at least through stories, these first steps that our ancestors made in order to achieve everything that Romania is nowadays.
            In the centre of the city of Iași, on the old street Ulița Sârbească, nowadays called Alexandru Lăpușneanu Street, there is a building that evokes, in the most authentic way, the moment of the 1859 Union. It hides the Museum of the Union and, between 1859 and 1862, it was the residence of the first domnitor, Alexandru Ioan Cuza. The 4 years of his rule were enough for the name “Cuza Palace” to become popular.
            Its current name is “The Union Museum” as it was named at its inauguration in 1959, when the Union`s centenary was celebrated. It has been recently renovated and re-opened and it provides important information about the Union.
            The ground floor presents topics from the Union era, as well as a short history of the building. Some of the main topics are: the double election of Cuza, the people who made the Union possible and the reforms of Al. I.  Cuza.
            The second floor is occupied by the royal apartment which consists of the main rooms of a 19th century house: the studies of the royal family, the living room, the poolroom, the salon and a bedroom.
            The collection inside the museum does not comprise only objects belonging to the Cuza family, but also some owned by the aristocracy of the time.
            If you pass through Iasi do not miss this museum which preserves a moment that marked our city and our country. 
               


The 24th of January 1859 - A dream came true


by Ilie Alexandru
          The 24th of January 1859 is one of the most important days in the history of Romania, being the moment when the Small Union happened. This represented the union between Moldavia and Wallachia or The Romanian Country, creating The United Principalities.
          When the big european powers observed that the two principalities wanted union in 1857, they offered the right to organize a referendum named Ad-hoc. Unfortunately the caiman, Nicolae Vogoride, forged the electoral lists represented in the Ad-hoc divan. Vogoride told his brother from Constantinople, and the letter was published in the european press. The elections were repeated in the autumn of 1857 and everyone voted for union. This vote led to The Paris Convention, which decided the more formal union of the principalities.
          One of the most important characters from the story of the union of Romania was Alexandru Ioan Cuza. He was chosen ruler of Moldavia on the 5th of January 1859 and in The Romanian Country only one week after.
The reign of Alexandru Ioan Cuza, although short (1859-1866), was the period of maximum development of modern Romania.
          The ruler of the principalities managed to bring international recognition  to the new country and created a modern romanian state through his reforms: the adoption of the first romanian constitution, the electoral reform, secularization of the monasteries’ assets, the agrarian and educational reform.
          The first constitution was created after his abdication in 1866, when the country was officially named Romania.
159 years after all of these happened, the day of 24th of January makes us to relive, at least at a story level, those steps made by our ancestors for everything which means Romania today.

In conclusion this union and to a certain degree Alexandru Ioan Cuza leaded Romania on a road of ups and downs, which created a great and flourishing country.

Meeting Chirita

          Every student in the school is waiting for this week. Școala Altfel. That moment when you do different activities like projects and other amazing things. What is making this week so great? Just a word: DIFFERENT. This word is characterizing perfectly this moment. There are a lot of activities that are organised during this period, but what is our class doing?
Tuesday evening. Our class is going to see a play! I am in front of the great National Theatre “Vasile Alecsandri”, named after an important romanian writer. What is really fascinating me is the architecture. Even if I have been in this place many times before, every time I see the huge building I am just fascinated. I could stay there for hours contemplating the building, but then I would miss the show. I joined my classmates and entered. We had places at the balcony.
Suddenly, the gong strikes three times; the hall is getting darker… And the show begins. Chirita in provincie is a comedy of manners written by (guess who?) Vasile Alecsandri, who wanted to emphasize in a comic way the gap between what people pretend to be and what they really are. Chirita is one of the typical characters of the 19th century: rich and very snobbish. I would say that she is very present in our times too!  Even if she is a female, she is always played by a man, which I also find very funny.
The show was amazing and the actors played very well. The best part is that I laughed a lot. I usually don’t laugh that much, but this time, it was really funny. I also enjoyed very much being with my classmates outside the school!
Exiting the huge building, I was sad because the show had been too short. I liked the acting, I liked the costumes, I liked everything!
Overall it was a great experience that I wish I could have again. I love Saptamana altfel!


Serban UNTU, VIF

The Festive Days of the Iasi National College

               
            The National College in Iasi is rightly considered the Pantheon of the Romanian educational system, a statement that springs out of its rich and honourable history of about 2 centuries.
            It all started 190 years ago, in January 1828, when the local authorities and representatives of the Ministry of  Education opened the doors of the first important highschool in Iasi and in the hole Moldavia. This great event took place at the end of January that year. It is only normal that this year, all the people in charge in Iasi, together with former and present day teachers and students to join their hearts and souls in the great anniversary established for the 27-29 January 2018, under the well-known heading “The Festive Days of the Iasi National College”.
            The programme of the manifestations is very generous and includes a wide range of activities in which all the nowadays students and teachers together with former ones have been involved, to their great satisfaction. This programme includes activities for all ages, such as:
·        “Arch Across Time” – a meeting between today’s and former days of teachers and students;
·        “The College in Colours” – an exhibition of paintings done by students;
·        “The Past of the National College in virtual dimention” – a round-table debate with the participation of specialists in education and media reporters;
·        “Towards Light” – the launching of the festive number of the school magazine:
·        The launching of a new set of books written by the 7F students under the co-ordination of the Romanian teacher Carmen Martinus;
·        “An image as great as 1000 words” – a contest of photos and poems in Romanian, English, French and German, involving highschool students;
·        “We are the best” – a contest of monologues and recitations in English;
·        “They are the champions” – a session of awarding prizes to all the students who got great results in the National and International Olympic contests;
·        “We all praise the school” – a literary, artistic and the musical show performed by the artistic groups of the school;
On these grand days, all the students and teachers I school have agreed to organize “The days of the embroidered blouse at the National College”, an activity included in EuroSchool National Contest meant to promote a true and valuable of national identity: the embroidered blouse. They will all wear embroidered blouses specific to Iasi county.
All these activities will exhibit the profound feelings of appreciation and the pride of belonging to a unique community of grand value, the National College.
With such a long and glorious past, together with a fabulous present, the National College has always been on the top of the Romanian schools, due to its goal of shaping true Worldwide specialists in all fields.
Long live the National College Iasi!
                                                         
                                                                     Duminica Bogdan - Stelian

24th January

by Ana Maria Stefan 


                                       Let's join hands,
                                      Those with Romanian hearts
                                      To go round the dance of brotherhood
                                      On Romania's land!
(Vasile Alecsandri - "The dance of unity")

          Every year, on January 24th, all Romanians join their hands in the dance of brotherhood, on these lyrics, and celebrate a day with a remarkable significance for the Romanian history, the union between Moldavia and Wallachia. 159 years ago, on this day, the ruler came to the Deputies and proudly proclaimed "The Indefeasible Union of the Principalities." After so many years, we still pride ourselves with the prince Alexander Ioan Cuza, a great man who united these principals in a beautiful, welcoming country, full of good people who love their homeland.
          In all corners of the country are organized various events and ceremonies that honor the memory of this day and of this ruler. In our town, Iasi City Hall announced that Her Majesty Margareta, the Romanian Crown Custodian, and His Royal Highness, Prince Radu are taking part in their first royal visit to the counties of the country in 2018. The feast will take place in The Union Square. Located in the heart of Iasi, it is, by far, the most famous market in the old Moldavian fair, where the statue of Alexandru Ioan Cuza stands proud and forever. A few Romanians know, however, the story and the significance of this place: here, for the first time, was played the Union Dance. Here will be held speeches and flower wreaths will be placed at the statue of Prince Alexandru I, the statue of King Ferdinand, the portrait of King Michael I and the tomb of Prince Alexandru Ioan. Some people will be able to dance at the folkloric concert " We are Romanians ", they will enjoy traditional pies at the Popular Table and they will warm themselves with tea or boiled wine. Others will be able to increase their culture and knowledge in history at the Union Museum where the opening of the exhibition "From the Union of the Principalities to the Great Union" will take place. Tonight you will be impressed by the "Torch Retirement" from the pedestrian "Stephen the Great" or the spectacle from "Vasile Alecsandri" National Theater. Do not miss these exclusive events of the year. Grab a warm jacket because we expect a maximum of -5 degrees Celsius, take a tea or a boiled wine, get caught in the dance and enjoy this day of the Romanians.

Although the Great Union took place in 1918, January 24th will always remain the first step on the road to the achievement of the Romanian state, the country where we were born, where we live, and where we hope to live forever, because here happened the most important moments of our lives, here live the people we love the most and, most importantly, Romania is a country with which we can pride, where I am proud to say: I am Romanian! I thank the Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza for giving me a place where I feel that I belong to, a country from which I never want to go!

School otherwise week


A new perspective
by Robert Popa

School otherwise week is an educational program dedicated to extracurricular activities. The purpose of the program is to involve and stimulate pupils' participation in various activities to highlight their skills. But I think you already knew that. That's why this article is not based on what the school otherwise week is for those outside, but it is based on what it means to those who look from inside because they participate in activities to develop their skills not their parents or teachers. In my opinion, the school otherwise week presents students with another way to look at school and shows that the learning process should not be enclosed in a room with books and notebooks, you can try to diversify, for example: instead of memorizing all the dates and all the names in a history lesson, you can watch a movie on that theme, and the names, years and facts will be much easier to remember, or you can try to learn those formulas and theorems that bother you at mathematics finding real life examples in which those formulas and theorems have been used in architecture for lifting 90 degrees walls  or in any other field for calculating revenue and expenditure. School otherwise week is only a way to make students more comfortable with learning, giving them a new perspective, like when you have to go a long way walking and the best way to make your way shorter it's not taking a taxi or looking for a shortcut, it's finding a friend to follow the same route you take and talk with him or her on the way.

NATIONAL COLLEGE DAYS - SYMBOLS OF TRADITION

by Flavia Cretu 
The National College of Iasi is a patrimony of culture and education. The building has a rich past in architecture and spirituality, representing an incontestable and immeasurable treasure of Romania. Each building in this city could have the museum or his memorial place, so, we can consider the National College as an edifice of spirituality, a unique space in which prestigious people have been formed and modeled. We can discover some of their pictures in the paintings in the high school museum.
In 1828, the Gheorghe Asachi scholar founded the Vasilian Gymnasium by completing the primary school from the Three Hierarchs Monastery with gymnasium classes. It had a Romanian teaching language, for the improvement of the cultural level of the time. During the Vasilian gymnasium in 1834, the Mihailean Academy developed in the time of Prince Mihay l Sturdza, the first educational institution in our homeland. In 1841 the arc connecting the gymnasium and the high school building was built.
Inaugurated on 26th of October 1160, the University of Iasi is founded by Voda Cuza. Between 1860-1864, Mihaileana Academy will continue to function only as a high school under the name "National College". In November 25, 1864, the law for the public instruction is promulgated, which foresees the creation of seven high schools, including the high school in Iasi. In the same year, the College changed its name to the National High School which becomes the first Romanian language teaching school. This is the only one school in the Romanian space that has been bearing the name "National" since the 19th century, symbolizing the "complete victory of the Romanian language in education" in the vision of the history professor Dumitru C. Ciuta. The old building of the high school is replaced by one new (the current building A) in 1894. On March 12, 1903, the first number of the journal "To The Light", the title of the high school song, released in 1933, will appear. Throughout the years, the teachers have taken traditions from the forefathers, but also looking for new forms of modernity. They have trained children in learning, teaching school and organizing extra-curricular activities. During the school days pupils participate in various events. Pupils qualified in preselection, are invited to the festive hall where they can participate in groups or singles in theatrical competitions, comedies, dances whose choreographies are on different dances, having themes accompanied by solo singers, chorus or instrumental music.
Being the other week at the National College, students prepare for the morning prepe, practicing and repeating their numbers. In the festive hall, the children of the 6th grade E repeat the excitement of the songs that through the chorus will echo at the show After the final, the best soloists of Mrs. Gabriela Rusu, accompanied by the 5th and 7th grades, went to a private hall where they were perfect. The great annual celebration started and the student Lenard, talented in acting, she was going to be a presenter. Following the chorus of teacher Luchian, in which the children's voices heard splendidly, they were all happy to listen to their songs. The first acting team took the track; Chirita in the province; by Vasile Alecsandri, thus processing it into a new comedy, adapting it. After other instrumental solos followed the team of professor Rusu, interpreting the “Red Black Pseudofabula” and “Today, at National is celebrations”. A repertoire various events took place in the high school, impressing the pubic.
In the evening, on the anniversary of our 190 years of existence, the students went to the national theater Vasile Alecsandri to watch the comedy “Chirita in the province” bardul de la MIRCESTI. That evening, at theatre being only students from the National College of Iasi.
In this school, performance takes place through the assumption of tradition and through the streets of finding new forms of modernity in harmony with the current values of the European education.
This is the National College, a house of culture where the effort and the joy, blending harmoniously, create capable and curious generations, heading for “Light”.

The 190th anniversary from the foundation of Colegiului National Iasi

The 190th anniversary from the foundation of Colegiului National Iasi 
by Andrei Bulgariu

      The 190th anniversary from the foundation Colegiului National iasi (National college) represents a lot for headteacher,teaches.But,let's see what means for the children of this college.I asked them 3 questions:
1.What means for you national college iasi?
2.What represents school days for you,as a student of this college?
3.How do you wish to be 200th anniversary from the foundation of National College?
      At first question,they answered me that National College represents a place from which students learn a lot each day.Some of them said every day it's a challenge ,an adventure.They are also very proud being at one of the best schools in Romania and each advice received here will help them in the future.
      School days are the mirror of each step accomplished by this school.In this days ,we are seeing the rezistence of this school,his actions in the past,his history.
For students can be an encouragement for being better in the future than in the past. We are celebrating these days by extracurricular activities,they said for the second question.
       For the third question they said that they want to be the 200th anniversary something special: more activities for students,but in the same time for teachers,more transmitted feelings because 200 it's a round age and very rare.
And for encouragement i think,they want to see the best students from the past generations.
I saw in them a lot of gratitude for this school,so i think National College made a great work.

MUSEUM OF ILLUSIONS: AN INTERESTING SIGHT IN IASI

by Stefan Soldan
This week, on Monday, the Museum of Illusions opened its gates in the Municipal Museum of Iasi, where it can be visited from the 8th of January until the 2nd of February.
The Museum, which is organized by the Astronomic Pluto Association, is a mobile project that wishes to visit all the big cities of Romania. Although it is a new idea for our country, the concept of a Museum of Illusions is a popular idea in other big cities such as Barcelona, Zagreb, Moscow, Ljubljana or Sankt Petersburg. In 2 years of activity, it has passed through a few cities like Piatra Neam?, Cluj, Bihor and Oradea, but, for the first time, it stays in one place for a month. Therefore, the citizens of Iasi have more time to visit it and they should, since it’s a unique and interactive experience which explains some physics events and debunks the theories stating that they are “magic”.
The people that want to visit the room full of mirrors and other illusions need to book a ticket and should do it as fast as they can: over 5000 people have been interested until now! When you enter, you are greeted by over 50 big paintings with optical illusions, mirrors that deform your body, “moving” pictures and levitation tricks. A pyramidal hologram, the grandfather of “electronic” music (the Theremin) and the Van De Graff generator challenge the mind. All of them are explained and presented interactively by the staff that is helpful and friendly.
In conclusion, I can say that the Museum of Illusions is educational, as well as fun for kids aged between 5 and 105 years. Bookings can be made via e-mail, at the address iasi@muzeuliluziilor.ro, or by telephone, at the number 0726519941. A visit lasts 60 minutes and costs 13 ron.

The Iron Gates


by Alexandru Ilie
The Iron Gates are the biggest hydropower stations on the Danube linking Romania and Serbia. The first is named Iron Gates I and the second is called Iron Gates II.
Serbia and Romania are sharing the hydropower stations, the first creating 2160 MW and the second 500 MW. Their turbines can reach a capacity of 8700 cubic metres per second. The navigations on Danube is made possible by channels placed on both shores at both hydropower stations.
The accumulation lake created by Iron Gates I has a volume of approximately 2200 millions of cubic metres. The lake is mostly places in the Defile of the Danube, between Bazias and Orsova. The accumulation lake of Iron Gates II is situated in the Gogosu village.
The idea of the Iron Gates was brought by the Romanian state to Iosif Broz Tito, the leader of Yugoslavia. On the 27-th of July 1964 work begun with 20 employees with the engineer Gheorghe Andrei Salagean. The curator Mariana Draghia says: “Of course the colony has gained life until the date of the 7-th of September because a school, a clinic, a kindergarten and a little cinema were built to offer better conditions to over 15.000 people.”
The System of Hydropower and of Navigation Iron Gates I was inaugurated on the 16-th of May 1972 and represented a symbol of romanian energy and fruit of collaboration between Romania and Yugoslavia. The Iron Gates Project created the Iron Gates Dam.
One of the victims of the dam was the island Ada Kaleh, a turkish island which had a mosque, a thousand alleys and was known as a free port. The island has a vast history, being owned by Austria, the Otoman Empire, Austria-Hungary and in the end Romania. Also, there were flooded and displaced 10 romanian villages and 7 serbian villages.
The Iron Gates are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Romania, having beautiful scenery and a museum which presents the history of Romania and the power of the hydropower stations.

Reading and my own shelf with books


by Lorena Hutanu

When I was just a little kid, I used to watch my grandpa, an old man with round glasses, holding a big piece of paper right in front of his eyes and ”reading the newspaper”, as he told me one day. Looking at that piece of paper, I only saw  strange photos and some weird black winding letters, so I decided to return to my princess  doll and to brush her blonde hair...
Years have passed and today I’m spending most of my free time lying in the cozy bed, surrounded by a fluffy blanket and reading heavy books, while my eyes are running, full of concern, on the page. Living in another world, replacing the disturbing reality with romance and fantasy, transcending time, travelling in places which only exist in my imagination, feeling, at the same time with my favorite characters, anger, happiness, sadness or pain, falling in love with the story itself, crying, smiling and laughing because of the unexpected events, that’s how a book is changing my entire existence and is transforming my whole universe in a space of love, joy and bliss, mixed with lies and betrayals.
Every book I’ve read is found in my bedroom, on the big shelves in the corner, and I can’t deny that I return to that place every time I feel insecure, sad or unmotivated, rereading my favorite books and feeling, once again, that powerful emotions. Maybe I read about a touching and unpredictable love story, like the one between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth, or I read The fault in our stars by John Green, or maybe I read the After series. Sometimes, I read about magic and I look over the Harry Potter books, sometimes I read about adventure and I follow Jules Verne’s characters in their trips, or sometimes I read about crimes and mysteries, and then I return to The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins.
However, in my country, in Romania, a study showed that 22% of the population doesn’t read at all, in spite of the fact that 80% have a library at home.
Almost half of those who read regularly prefer poetry and 54% prefer novels in general: 12% prefer crime novels, 10% love novels, 9% history books, 7% specialty books and 6% religious books. Most of these people don’t have a favorite book and neither a favorite contemporary Romanian writer, because 27% read books written by a foreigner. Also, another study showed that 40% of the teenagers can’t read correctly and many adults still have difficulties at reading.
Even if many people do not like to read, I consider it one of the most thrilling ways of relaxing, as you can detach from your problems and you can live in a complete new world, forgetting about the cruel reality.






National Romania news

                                                           
by Bogdan Duminica
1.      100 years from Romania’s “Great Union”
For Romania 2018 marks a bittersweet historical moment: the centennial of the “Great Union”, which brought together the Key Romanian-inhabited provinces: Bassarabia, Transylvania and the Romanian Kingdom. (consisting of Moldavia and Wallachia united in 1859)
2.      Thousands of people protested in Romania at the end of 2017
The demonstrations were over a draft law being debated in parliament, which critics say would put the justice system under political control.
The Romanian government said there was nothing in the proposals that would see the state taking control of the justice system and that protestants would do much better to read and try to understand the documents and stop acting on other forces’ impulse.
3.      Not vaccinating your own baby leads to the death of another
In the past year, 37 babies died after contracting measles in Romania. More than 9.233 other cases have been recorded in the current outbreak.
Because of this disbelief in vaccins, other children can get infected and even die.
Now, a “law of compulsory vaccination” is under public debate in Romania and, if adopted, it would make vaccine mandatory for kindergarten and school enrolement.
4.      Cristina Neagu, best female handball player in 2017, EHF fans vote reveals
Cristina Neagu, the handball player for the Romanian national time and for CSM Bucharest was chosen as the best female player in 2017, based on the vote of the  fans all over  Europe.
More than 40.000 Internet users took part in this survey.
5.      Shenzen Open: Simona Halep wins final against Siniakova. Halep/Begu take doubles trophy. Matches played indoors because of the heavy rain.
World No. 1 Simona Halep won her first title of 2018.
Later in the afternoon, the Romanian pair Simona Halep /Irina Begu won the doubles trophy, after defeating the Czech pair, main favourites, Barbora Krejcikova and the same Katerina Siniakova, who lost twice in front of Halep on one and the same day.
6.      International School of Bucharest’s student achieves Cambridge Outstanding Award- Top in the World
Ana Maria Anghel from International School of Bucharest has received the prestigious award from Cambridge Assessment International Education to acknowledge her outstanding performance in June 2017 Cambridge examination series when she outscored all participants from 130 countries.
7.      Huffington Post: Is Romania Europe’s Prettiest Country? It Just Might Be
“Enchanting town plazas that date back to medieval times, rolling hills as far as the eye cans see, castles cloaked in the mystery of Count Dracula, craggy mountain vistas and a seemingly infinite array of fortresses and churches. And don’t forget the Transfagarasan-possibly the most spectular mountain road in the world.
Romania’s natural beauty and cultural diversity will surprise you. Bordering the Black Sea in Southeastern Europe, the country’s essets also include the Danube River and Delta and the Carpathia Mountains.”


The heart of the seven hills

The heart of the seven hills
by Anca Damian

         Located in the North East of Romania, close to the Eastern border of the European Union, Iaşi is the second largest city in the country, with about 300 thousand people. Capital of the historical region of Moldavia, the city has become during his short history of about 610 years a very important Romanian educational, cultural and religious center.
         The city was built on seven hills associating it with Rome's greatness so Iaşi became the "City of seven hills" of Eastern Europe. First mentioned in 1408AD, this wonderful place’s fight against time is reflected through its beautiful buildings. The symbol of the city is the Palace of Culture,a neo-Gothic bulding built on the ruins of the meadival Royal Court of Moldavia by an important king, Ferdinand the First. Iaşi is also the home of the first university in the country (estabilished in 1860), “Alexandru Ioan Cuza”. Named after her noble builder, the university is  currently located in a gorgeous XIXth century building. The city has 500-year-old churches and monasteries, including the Moldavia and Bucovina’s Bishop, and hosts the oldest theatre and second typography center in Romania.
         Iaşi's cultural treasure doesn't end here. The city is connected to many personalities, such as Romania's greatest poet, Mihai Eminescu, who is deeply connected with the heart of Iaşi, the Copou Park. Lots of writers, political leaders, architects and painters have left their “footprints” on the great city, such as Ion Creanga(greatest Romanian writer), Sabin Balasa the painter and Gustave Eiffel himself.
         The city has 5 universities and over 74 schools, with over 60,000 students in total. Here is also the home of very good colleges, with the second-best school in the country at the top of the list. The city has become a medical center too, and has 15 developed hospitals, including the oldest in the country. Iaşi is connected to the world through its own international airport and railway-and let’s hope we will soon have our own highway to Europe.
         Life is way safer and more beautiful here. People in Iaşi are very friendly and open minded, and love their city. This makes it a clean, well ­cared and beautiful place to go to and even to live in. Every day is exciting here; the city has lots of restaurants, clubs, libraries, shops and parks, and there are many concerts, shows, theater plays and gorgeous festivals. The Christmas and Easter decorations are always present when we need them, too.

         A long time ago, the historian Nicolae Iorga said that "there shouldn’t be any Romanian who doesn’t know about Iasi" - and the city's beauty and strength reflects this. Everybody should visit “the heart of the seven hills” at least once and won't regret the experience.

A day in the life of a student at the National College Iasi Romania

A day in the life of a student at the National College
by Alexandru Ilie
For me a day of school wasn’t too different from a normal day, but today, today I felt something special.
         The first different thing was that I woke up to the pleasant smell of a fir,  because it was the first time in my life when we bought a natural fir, not artificial. The rest of the morning was exactly like a normal one,  I ate,  I got dressed and I left for school.
         Outside everything seemed like a fairytale,  because it snowed in the last night. The trees were covered with a thick cover of snow, which shined at the light of the Sun. Even the birds seemed more cheerful than usual.
         When I reached the school, I was hit in the face with snow,  which made me sad. My morale became better when I found out from our teacher that we won’t do the first 2 hours of math.
         The next hours passed without anything interesting happening. Hour after hour, break after break, nothing happened. Happily something happened in the last hour. Our teacher brought the tests and I found out that I got a perfect mark. Everyone clapped,  I almost cried of happiness.
         This achievement made me consider myself a master of the romanian language, which I wasn’t. I went to the school library and, after I put my umbrella on a stand, I started reading. I found a book written by an author from another and I red until evening.
         When I got home I was happy and curious for what will happen in the next days of school. But something weird happened. On Adservio I got an eight instead of a ten. I contacted our teacher, but I didn’t get any answer.

         After three hours, my mark was swapped and I got an answer. I was happy because I could finally sleep well.