Bucharest, Romania.

After my short stay in Paris I flew to Bucharest, the capital of Romania. Well, actually I had no clue the Boeing 737 actually flew to Lyon, France…don’t ask, some kind of collaboration between Air France and Tarom. Some people got off and within 15 minutes I was finally on my way to Bucharest.

At the passport control I wasn’t even asked about my purpose of visiting, the power of Canadian passport, eh! Of course my luggage did not arrive… that was expected. I filled out a lost luggage form and was told I should get it … eventually. Bogdan, a friend of a friend picked me up and drove me to the apartment I booked while in Paris. The initial apartment I booked was no longer available (some plumbing issues) so the agent offered me a 2 bedroom apartment instead (of a studio) for the same price. Smack downtown :) I have everything I need here; metro stop is about 1 minute walk away, great restaurants, nice clubs, cozy pubs, 24 hour groceries and so on.

View from my window:

bucharest, piata romana

I rented an apartment because (surprisingly) it is much cheaper than a hotel room, although the place is cleaned every 3 days, towels and bed sheets are changed as well. It was late, I just wanted to eat and go to bed. I found a currency exchange office right next to my building (most are open 24h) and changed some euros to Lei. I then bought some food at mini-market which is a block away from me and went to bed.

Friday Bogdan showed me around town… we walked for the most part. Went to the old town (where we’ll be heading tonight again only this time not to look at the historical part of town but rather get some drinks at a bar). We also walked to the monumental “Casa Poporului” or People’s House in English; the biggest building in Europe… those who watch Top Gear know what I am talking about :)

People's House in Bucharest (Casa Poporului)

It’s incredibly big and beautiful. We tried to walk around it but gave up fast… it’s just too huge.

I went home, took a shower and headed out for a drink with some old friends (who were suppose to move to Montreal at some point). We went to an Italian restaurant “Trattoria” (how original, lol). It’s reasonably priced and Pizza is delicious… recommended! A little past midnight Ruxi and Radu went home and I met up with Bogdan. We went to Studio Martin, a known club in Bucharest, I really wanted to go because Ronski Speed was spinning that night. The show was great, the place is cool as well but we started getting a little too drunk and at 4:30am or so headed home… great night!

More posts to come soon :)

Alex