Our beloved Ocna de Fier

Ocna de Fier, 18 years later…

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Cipi and his nice family were there to welcome us and have dinner together at their place.

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Then visiting the museum. Professor Gruescu is now 92 years old, but still very enthusiastic about his mineral collection. The nicest ‘stones’ were taken from the Government, to show them somewhere else. It’s a pity because the ‘museum’ is still the same as 18 years ago. In the end the mineral museum is placed in another village, Bocsa, and when Gruescu dies all his stones and minerals will go there. And his house-museum will remain as a ‘memorial house’. For us it’s sad to see this. Thanks to this project of museum Patrick and I met. And in the end there won’t be any museum in Ocna de Fier :'(

Constantin Gruescu hasn’t got any child / grandchildren. But while visiting him I realised that Erik and Hanna were also a part of him…

He told me that he could send some part of his collection to Barcelona, if any museum is interested. I guess he feels also sad because his project of museum has gone somewhere else.

Many feelings by visiting Ocna de Fier!

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Oana lives in front of Gruescu’s house-museum. She was younger than us when we had the SCI workcamp but she could remember the camp fires we made every night. She invited us to her place and in the end we slept next to her house.

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Thank you Oana for your hospitality (and for your beauty onions! 😛 )

The next day we went to visit the church, the school, the dancing hall and the lakes where we used to swim. Last weeks there were some floods and the water was not too nice… so we went to a different lake to swim (Dognecea). And again eating with Leahu’s family 🙂

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This is the place where we went into the mines. Now just concrete… 🙁

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In Ocna de Fier it’s not possible to visit the iron mines anymore, but now there is a water company called Aura that takes water with… gold and silver!

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Thank you very much Cipi and Raluca Leahu!

Let’s see if Andy, Abel or Marta can recognise some places… 🙂

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