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Hi, my name is Ștefan and I love maps.
I also love old architecture, travelling, learning languages, acting, sitcoms, AHS, writing horror books in Romanian or German, taking photos, creating cinematic movies, the Bible, the Romanian history, entertaining people with lame humor, SNL, playing poker with fake money, my international friends, eating pizza, MUSIC, experimenting with music creation, Miley Cyrus, 2013, cycling over the alps, Romanians, Italy, sleeping and summer, but maps are much better. I live somewhere between Bucharest, Romania and LA, California. Because I wasn't sure which city I liked most, I was banned to live inbetween those cities, in Munich, Germany... If I ever fail architecture studies in Munich (which doesn't seem to be the case yet), I'll move to LA to absolve the Hollywood Film School.
My Geofiction History
First time I remember I invented a country was back in 2006, when I was 8 years old. This first country was called Stesaria, named after the tiny inventors Ștefan (me) and Sarah. Believe me or not, Stesaria used to be a real thing in our school. Me and some friends actually defined the Stesarian borders in our big schoolyard, where we had overgrown gardens where the Stesarian cities were hidden. Many other kids from other classes and grades imitated us and founded their own countries and, here comes the crazy part, we even had wars between each other... We battled over leaves, because we used to stuff the bushes to build the walls of our cities and houses... This is not a joke. I actually documented everything in a folder I still have. Later, as going out in the schoolyard was not cool anymore, I started the actual Stesarian Geofiction. 6 years, until age 14, I used to draw fictional maps, cityscapes and invent the Stesarian history. Everything is still in this folder and here are some insights:
The name Steden is composed by St, the two first letters of my name, and Eden, one of my favorite apps/games on the AppStore, on which I built the fictional world Steden. Eden is basically the same as Minecraft, only 10 times more creative. It's not a game about surviving, but about building. I started using this app 2011 (I would never call it a game because it's too cool and I still love it age 19) and I never got tired of expanding my Eden world. I officially abandoned Steden as I discovered OpenGeofiction July 2016 though, maybe because I can't rule more then one fictional country at once (or maybe because the app got so old and literally no one uses it anymore...). Anyway, Steden still exists and is well documented on the Eden Wiki. And now some cool sights of Eden:
I personally like building fictional stuff in 3D more than just drawing maps and I'm quite sad that OpenGeofiction can't get into the 3rd dimension... Or could it? (Yes, I've seen this and I think it's super awesome but I thought of something on a more urban level... Maybe something like this?)
Old Fictional Cities
Around 2012, I used to randomly draw old cities, without connecting them to made up countries. I thought that by drawing tons of cities I would get a better geofictionist. The result of this obsession were stacks of rather mediocre city drawings. Unfortunately, my mom decided to throw all these drawings away one day; I should rather focus on school than on geofiction.
I learned about OpenGeofiction and was most active on this website in the two weeks before the final exams in school. I didn't fail any exam and I got into University. Take that, mom.
Work on OGF
Unfinished cities I'm kinda proud of
What I'm working on right now
Hello! Bună! Hallo! Salut! ¡Hola! Ciao! Привет!
Although I love knowing as many languages as possible, I am 87.5% Romanian (6.25% Israeli, 6.25% German and Hungarian), born 1998 in Bucharest. I currently live as an architecture student in Munich, Germany (that's how I know German). I started speaking French at a very young age, in kindergarten, and I finished learning the language with a B2 language certificate, which makes me better in French than in English, a language I started learning only age 12. My grandmother also lives in Los Angeles and I go there once a year. In school I had practically only Spanish friends, that's how I know Spanish. I learned some Italian by myself so I can conversate easier with locators when I go to Italy (twice a year). I also started to learn Swedish, Dutch, Polish and Turkish, on the last two I failed though.
Favorite Places in the World
In addition to the country of Antharia (obviously duh), I really like the following countries around the globe:
I love to "fictionally travel" to the most amazing places on the geofiction project Openstreetmap. I have been to the following fictional countries already:
A very important part of my life is music; I'm not a musician (here you'll find some tracks I've unprofessionally created in the past though), but I listen to music like crazy. Every single song I have on my phone reminds me of a memory and listening to music is the only way to revive them. Here are my absolute favorite songs of all time, which I strongly recommend you to hear (I even put the YouTube links so it's easier for you to listen to them):
- Lady Gaga - Alejandro (2010)
- Jennifer López - I'm Into You (2011)
- Linkin Park - Burn It Down (2012)
- Lady Gaga - Bad Romance(2008?)
- Loredana - Bună seara, iubito (since childhood)
- Miley Cyrus - We Can't Stop
- Lana Del Rey - Summertime Sadness
- P!nk - Try
- Justin Timberlake - Mirrors
- Ellie Goulding - Lights
- Miley Cyrus - Drive
- Anastacia - Stupid Little Things
- Iggy Azalea - Fancy
- Marlon Roudette - When The Beat Drops Out
- Katy Perry - Dark Horse
- Years & Years - King
- Major Lazer - Lean On
- The Weeknd - The Hills
- Philip George - Wish You Were Mine
- Bob Sinclair - Feel The Vibe