Bucharest – Intro

City #12, May 2014 – Yes, there are holes in the street. And a lot of stray dogs (although the last government apparently exterminated most of them). But the feeling I got was that the Romanians are determined to make the best of a bad situation. The people are friendly, and funny. If you accidently bump into someone, they say ‘sorry’. Many of them learned English at school, and speak it well. Romanian women are prudish, but they wear extremely short skirts. You occasionally run into a classical quartet playing in a park, just 100 metres away from a cluster of sex clubs. Cigarettes are on sale everywhere, as is alcohol. Elegant squares, Ceauşescu’s monstrosities. A city of contrasts….