Denomination, (Beware, the money are changing!)
Well, from July 1st the ROL (Lei) will change... The national currency will suffer a denomination (4 zero`s will fall...). So, 10.000 old lei will become 1 new leu.
But, all of the shops will show both of the prices (the old lei and the new lei, called "the hard leu" or, in romanian "leu greu"). The bills` look is not public yet, but it seems that it will resemble the existing ones, being just smaller. The coins...well..nobody knows.
Beware of the people trying to fool you (try to find out how the new and old bills looks like and not let yourself be fooled!).
Bucharest Financial Plaza
Bucharest Financial Plaza building is the first truly modern building in Bucharest. Situated in the cowntown area, on Calea Victoriei Ave., it's shiny glass covered walls reflects the historical buildings arround. It is kind of strange, but hopefully somebody made this to look good and not to spoil the charm of the old buildings. I repeat, hopefully :)
Football(soccer) is the most widely-followed sport in Bucharest, with the city having various club teams that are known throughout Europe. Five football teams of Bucharest participate in Divizia A, the top division in the Romanian football league:
Club Founded Stadium Notes
Sportul Studenţesc 1916 Regie Stadium oldest team in Bucharest
Rapid Bucureşti 1923 Giuleşti Stadium
FC Naţional 1944 Cotroceni Stadium
FC Steaua 1947 Ghencea Stadium winner of the 1986 European Champion Clubs' Cup
Dinamo Bucureşti 1948 Dinamo Stadium
A Living Space, not a Bookshop
Most times when travelling, we pop into a bookshop, ask for a map or album of pictures, we are given one, we pay, we are given a receipt, then we are gone and so is the place we have just entered and exited. Well, as always in this life, there are places which give more than they take. Carturesti is one of them. A teahouse more than a bookshop and a bookshop consisting of more than the books sold there. An atmosphere of the Bucharest d'antan well kept however in a realistic and obvious shape. A visible structure, a good bunch of books that will show you that, despite greyness, Romania has got good architects, despite some quasiliterate shoemakers, there are good craftsmen, despite the 'manele' there are fine traditional Bukovinean, Moldavian, Wallachian, Transylvanian, Maramuresan, Dobrudgean or Gipsy songs. An experience and, eventually, a challenging discovery. Allow it an hour of a lifetime. A book of that heterogenous Romanian cuisine, they have got a couple in English. A book about the Razing of Romania's Past, so that you look with a more apprehensive eye to the rusty package of cities like Bucharest, Bacau or Miercurea Ciuc. A synthesis (or analysis, depending on your profile) of the Balkanic scent or contradictory world in this area; try Andrei Plesu, Horia Roman Patapievici or Countess Waldeck, even though you might only find the latter in English. An album of Bucharest Modernism. A book about Byzance and the Byzantine legacy written by Razvan Theodorescu. A Japanese green tea with some green wallnuts 'dulceata', together with the stillness that comes with them. As previously said, an hour. One does not have to buy things. But if money is an issue, then full stop.
Train to Bucuresti
If possible, avoid coming to Bucharest via Belgrade; not because of Belgrade itself but because of the quality of transportation.
It seems like Romanian train company puts the worst trains they have on Belgrade-Bucuresti line. That train was THE WORST train I have ever seen! Very old and very dirty. Toilets were absolute disaster (this matters if you're facing a 12 hour ride). It was a problem finding a wagon with heating, and when we finally found one they turned the heating on maximum and then, on about half way to Bucuresti, they shut it down. Of course, there was a broken neon light which made such irritating sound ALL the way! Disaster...