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Friday, October 26, 2012

Bucharest, Romania - 2012

# Posted by Joel Dixon at 26/10/2012 10:00:30

Of the three Eastern European countries that I graced with my presence - Romania is a clear third. It is hard to compete with the beauty contrasted with a horrific history in Poland and having an amazing time while wandering the natural attractions of Hungary. With that being said, Bucharest was still an interesting city to visit - the revolutionary history making up for the tacky bright neon lights and angry people.

Once arriving I immediately noticed how much larger the city was compared to my expectations - and well supplied by fountains (turns out it was just Unirii Park that had installed a fountain upon every spare piece of ground available). There was a free walking tour organised every day at 6 pm which suited my schedule perfectly, and before long I was wondering around the streets learning about Bucharest's history.

Spurt
Unirii Square - "Where water is squirted into the air"

The walking tour afforded me a good introduction to the main sights of Bucharest - the gigantic Parliament Building, Revolutionary Square and a number of interestingly designed buildings. Alex, our guide, was appropriately knowledgeable in his home city and passed on a number of interesting stories (such as the process of moving a number of churches up to 200 meters so they wouldn't be destroyed in new developments). I got myself lost on the way back to my hotel and got to see the seedier side of Bucharest. Plenty of neon lights, erotic supermarkets and very dodgy looking people. I also witnessed a car accident on this walk, which I am sure is not a rare occurrence as people drive like idiots in the city. Unfortunately it was too dark to take any good photos, so I re-created the walk the next day while the sun was still shining.

Classy
I have so much trouble figuring out what this sculpture represents. I mean - look at how his knees are in the wrong proportions - what's going on?

PooStick
As soon as I saw this I thought "that looks like a potato on a stick". Sure enough - the locals call it Stick Potato

Fred
I saw this guy riding around and immediately thought of Freddy Mercury. I was very disappointed when I discovered that's not what was happening

Large
Gigantic, under-utilised building. It's called Iceberg by the locals because there are a further 4 stories underground. It was also the mascot for the Pittsburgh Penguins for a few seasons

Two traits very apparent among the people of Bucharest are crappy driving and religious / superstitous behaviour. Even buses run red lights and would kill pedestrians if they habitually cross the road when the man turns green. So many speeding drivers, cars swerving and horns honking - Bucharest is probably the worst city traffic-wise that I have visited. Perhaps that's why the people feel a requirement to perform the sign of the cross on their chest every two or three minutes. I'm pretty sure I saw people doing the "father, son, holy-spirit" thing after just crossing a road - let alone when we passed a church or cemetery in the bus. I didn't even see this much religious fear in Italy, it was quite interesting to see.

Tinge
In this photo the green signifies a delicious kiwi fruit flavour being added to a soft-serve iced cream

Now I'm off to Egypt to see the pyramids, the sphinx and meander up the Nile river


This is the 30th in the EuroJoel - 2012 series
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