You may be approached at the...
You may be approached at the train station or airport with offers of private accomodation-be careful about accepting this in Bucharest. Outside of the capital this is fine, but you may end up being overcharged in Bucharest or getting into other difficulties.
Always be careful with...
Always be careful with policemen , they usually don't go easy with tourists. If you have troubles always ask to go to the station, never give money. It' s sounds silly to say but I had bad experiences and be sure you must keep strong.
This is my cousin, Stefan....
This is my cousin, Stefan. Although he has a very distinguished name in Romanian history (I am sure you have heard of Stefan cel Mare--Stefan the Great!), my cousin Stefan is not very great. He is not even very nice. If he asks you to borrow some nuts, don't loan any to him. He will never repay you. I know. So, memorize his face, okay? (I am not sure what he is doing here, but I bet that he is up to no good!). (P.S. Thank you to my friends for this picture.)
The most popular scam in Bucharest (and Romania)
The most popular scam in Bucharest seems to be the pair of guys who walk up to you, flash identification cards, and claim to be the 'tourist police.' They usually ask for your passport and usually speak reasonable English--although I have also been approached in French and German. Ignore them. I generally look at them with disdain, say 'NO' loud and clear, and walk away. It has worked for me every time. I keep hoping they will be ashamed of themselves and stop, but I guess there are too many who just don't know....
(The danger that many tourists are warned about--people approaching them on the street to change money--may be real, but have not happened to me even once in weeks and weeks of being in Romania.)
If you are using public...
If you are using public transportation ,especially busses , take care of your money and documents. Pikpocketers are highly skilled and well organised ...once targeted there are few chances of escape. This seems to be the Bucharest highest security problem .Try to use the underground system...better to wait a few minutes more instad of jumping in an crowded public transport unit.
Driving In Bucharest
Sometimes Bucharest seems like a place with NO RULES!!!
There are some crazy drivers in Bucharest, it can get very ugly and scary sometimes.
Take care of your wallets!!
they have a great ability and capacity to induce a hyonotic mood and let you without wallet or gold .
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Lots of street dogs!
Better don't feed them, because otherwise a lot more will appear.
Not generally aggressive though!
DRIVERS!!! Romanian driving is...
DRIVERS!!! Romanian driving is crazy, espacially in Bucarest! Personnaly, I can't drive there. Too scared!
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