Today I will be talking about a dear friend that I've continuously supported since 2014 and I never stopped. Christabelle won MESC 2018 tonight with 'Taboo', a great and inspiring song that raises awareness about mental illness with a very strong message behind it. I was one of the first people to audition the song months ago and I just felt that this year will be hers and voila! 😊

Taboo is by far my favorite Eurovision 2018 entry selected so far and I just can't wait to vote for Christabelle during the second semifinal in May. She basically slayed the entire national selection, all international juries awarding her the famous '12 points' and she also got the highest score from the televote as well (yas!). Congrats Christa and I can't wait for the official video of this masterpiece song. "It's time to break the taboo before we all become animals".

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Oh here I am again, late with everything and finally posting something. I thought about many things to write about but sadly time is extremely limited and I barely find some for myself. It doesn't matter now, today I will be talking about the French National Selection which was a total blast. I never, ever, thought that France will finally take this contest seriously and so they did with this amazing national final (which is by far the best of 2018 so far). The quality of their songs and the ending was perfect. I have seen both semifinals and the grand final live with my friends. My favorite song has won even though I thought that Lisandro will take it to Lisbon. I just hope that Madame Monsieur (the winners) will obtain a well deserved top 5 place in the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in May this year. It was a huge step to skip internal selections and go with a national final instead and for that reason thumbs up for France and for their amazing HoD, Edoardo Grassi, who is probably responsible for everything. The only thing I didn't like so much was the idea of international juries which was a bit inspired from other national selections and shocking enough, some "important" names (ahem Bjorkman) in the Eurovision industry trying to sabotage the winner. I just hope that they won't be using him in their next national selections, you don't need him, no one does.

Overall, well done France. I'm super happy that I will be finally rooting for you in the Final and I just can't wait to hear Mercy live again. Until next time!

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So here we go again, a fresh new start, another chance to make things even better than they were before and hopefully open new unseen doors that will bring lots of changes in my life. I think 2018 will be the year with a lot of great things and I hope that this new year will be at least half better than 2017 was. Last week I was comparing how I spent my first day of 2017 and how I spent it this year...well, let's say that it didn't reach my expectations but the rest of 364 days hopefully will be better. Have a great one y'all! πŸ™Œ

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Dear friends,

I want to wish you all a happy and joyful Christmas. Enjoy these quiet and beautiful days with your beloved ones and make every single minute count. Even though we haven't got any snow this year (again), we will surely get some in January and February next year. 'Till then, enjoy! :-)  

P.S: It has been one year since the best Xmas ever

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I started writing on a blog many years ago (around 2009 I think) and it continued for many years until I decided to stop. Blogging got me into some serious deals, one my favorites was when I got selected as the official blogger for the Romanian Eurovision National Selection in 2012 & 2013. Thousands of people closely followed my reactions, thoughts and description of the events. I also had the amazing opportunity to meet international artists and multiplied my passion for Eurovision 100 times.

During my second Erasmus experience (Croatia) I decided to start blogging once again because of all those amazing trips that I had and I just wanted to share a bit with the world all those incredible, wonderful and perfect memories. I remember writing one of my first posts after a ruff visit at the dentist (awch) and I remember creating this blog during a study night at the dorm with one of amazing Erasmus friends (Eszter, if you are reading this thumbs up and still waiting for your blog). For some reason I gained a lot of visits (gracias, thank you, merci) and it melts my heart to see that people actually keep in touch with my posts.

I also want to thank @Nouw for their amazing services and without them my blog wouldn't be here today. Creating a blog on Nouw.com is way better than using other platforms and for this I will write a different article soon. Almost 6000 people checked out my blog in the past twelve months from many different countries, below you can see the top 10 countries that read my blog. Here are some statistics for this amazing year:


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Yes people. I've been waiting for Spotify to launch in my country for years now and this will finally happen in less than 10 days, more exactly on 28 November. I started using spotify since 2014 during my first Erasmus experience in Portugal and since then I never stopped loving this amazing service. Of course, since Romania didn't enjoy this luxury I had to log into my spotify account with different VPN services and it was a harsh time given the fact that I wasn't able to use their premium options.

Now I'm the first Romanian to get access to their premium services with two weeks before the official launch. I feel honored and grateful for it and hell yeah it feels good to finally enjoy high quality music in my own country. Thank you @Spotify and you guys better stay tuned for the official launch coming soon! :)

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We are almost in the middle of November and everything feels weird and no, I'm not talking about the weather. Life is a journey, you meet different personalities, you interact, and you always end up giving something to the world. I just hate it when I'm not able to be myself. What's the point of fighting for something which doesn't allow you to be who you truly are? November brings a lot of thoughts thus, a lot of changes are about to occur. I stand for myself, for who I am and who I want to be. Yes, sometimes or many times (in my case) you just fall. Give up. But then you think about stuff and you just gotta learn to pick yourself up and go ahead because that's how it is supposed to be. There is no 'easy way' in the 'right way'. Life is a journey, a war but also a paradise. It's up to you how you choose to make it.

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The National Finals season for 2018 has recently kicked in with news regarding national finals across Europe and even the Latvian songs being released during these days. Even though my job is currently draining my energy completely, I still found some time to catch up with this crazy thing that is obsessing me for years now, yas, that's Eurovision.

I'm mostly excited for this new season because we will have a lot more national finals than usual and for me it is completely surprising giving the fact that we will see national finals coming from Montenegro, France, Serbia and whatever San Marino is cooking up. As I previously said in my other articles, each Eurovision winner has an effect on the forthcoming contest, for example, Jamala's dramatic ballad has lead to an overflow of ballads in 2017...now with Salvador's ballad winning the whole thing should we expect another year full of ballads?

It is very interesting to see that some countries imposed that their entry for Eurovision 2018 should be sang in their native language (Slovenia, Serbia, Greece etc), probably an effect of Salvador's song which was sung in Portuguese. I never thought I would live to see Portugal win with a song in Portuguese but hey...it happened!

I just love the fact that we will get to see more national finals (more songs) buuut I hate the fact that probably (most likely) a lot of them will be organized during the same day, same hour and so on. Even though, Melodifestivalen still remains a priority for 2018 as well, so whoever wants to organize a national final on the day with a mello semifinal or final...well let's just say that i'll catch up later. 

I'm super curious about the French, Serbian, Romanian and many other national finals and I just can't wait to see familiar names or hear songs that will probably mindf*ck me the whole year. Let the games begin! πŸ’š

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It's been almost one month since I posted something on my blog. What can I say... I was busy with a lot of things including my new job but I'm happy that I found some time to write a few words here. First of all, I'm happy that summer is finally over (haters gonna hate). Don't get me wrong. I usually almost like summer but this year the high degrees made me desire to move myself into a fridge as soon as possible. Now that this pain is over, I'm happy to welcome autumn even though it brought with it a lot of excessive rain but who cares since the temperature is decent now.

I miss travelling and sometimes I even feel that I miss school. Life feels different now. A lot of responsibilities, tragedies, less free time and bills to pay. Remember to always slap a kid whenever he says that he wants to grow up faster (joking, but seriously though, why would you want that?). Given the fact that this new life-style can be demanding, it's always recommended to find a way to still do things that you like. For instance, I'm planning a short trip to Budapest next month and it's the perfect opportunity to reconnect with my dear Erasmus friends. My post Erasmus depression kicks in every time I'm looking at photos that I've taken during my time in Zadar, Croatia.

Also, I'm intending to visit Norway and Sweden again next year (challenge accepted) and to take Cambridge (CAE) English exam (finally). That's it for now. Looking forward to write about my latest adventure. :)

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