We’ve met in the first year at university. It was October 2005 and we’ve just moved to Bucharest. Alexandra was colleagues with Alina, while Oana and I were in the same group for a short while. We became friends instantly and spent most of the next four years together—Alina and I basically lived in the girls’ lovely apartment in Piata Spaniei. Years have passed, we’ve relocated around the world, and, shockingly, we recently realized we’ve not been in the same place the four of us in seven years (!!!). We took matter into our own hands and organized a get together weekend in Bordeaux.
It was a trip that almost didn’t happen. Alexandra and I were supposed to come by train from Paris Friday evening, but after waiting for three hours at Paris Montparnasse we were told that all trains to and from Bordeaux have been cancelled for the day (due to a technical glitch). Luckily, traffic resumed in the morning and we managed to arrive at our destination at 11am on Saturday. To make matters worse, Oana’s flight got cancelled, too, so she also arrived late. Alina was the only one who got there on time, but her flight back to Geneva had a 3.5h delay.
All bad luck aside, fortune did strike once we got to Bordeaux and the sun shone bright for the entire duration of our stay (contradicting the rather scary weather forecast, which announced thunderstorms). This helped us really enjoy Bordeaux. We did a bit of sightseeing—Place de la Bourse with its Miroir d’eau (Water Mirror) is the most iconic touristic place (see pic #8 and #9). We ate a looot—beef steak and French bread are the ultimate diet breakers, believe me—l’Entrecote and La Tupina being some good restaurant suggestions. And, of course, we drank wine. Red wine. Just pick whatever. You can’t go wrong with anything local.
Although it was a short reunion (cut even shorter by all the traveling inconveniences), it was so great to spend time with my fabulous girls. Although we’ve not seen each other, the four of us, in seven years, it did feel like time stood still. It’s felt like we’ve met yesterday.
Friendship never dies, Fabulous People! Remember, #WeAreFabulous
Photos: © Sorin Istrate