5 Things I have noticed since moving to Bucharest, Romania…

As you can imagine living in Ireland, we are some what way out of the distance of central Europe. As once described by Roddy Doyle in “The Commitments” the Irish are “the blacks of Europe” 🙂 Every country you go visit or live in has its differences, Ireland like many other countries is no exception. The way we talk, act,carry on and so forth. As a people we are hard-working when we need to be and very laid back also, never short of a joke or a good story. All work and no play makes for a very dull day. We like to have “the craic” where ever and how ever we can. Today I was thinking about some of the difference that I have seen since I came to live in Romania. Just little things, but I’m sure a few Romanians might agree with what I write about here today.

The local bus

Everyday Mon/Friday I get up to go to work, I get the 355,or 330 to where I work. It takes maybe 25/30 mins at most to get there. In this time, I have noticed that no matter how hot it is outside; and no matter how hot it is inside? The windows for the most part are always closed, very rarely do I see a window open, no matter how many people are in the bus. If you are brave enough to open a window, then be ready for someone to close it just as quick. For some reason, I don’t know why. But the older generation of Romanians in particular, think the cold will hurt them in someway or that they will get sick. Sometimes its like a tin of sardines on the bus, there are so many people packed into it. If you’re a claustrophobic person, please take the metro!! If not, for sure you will have a panic attack on the bus and die during rush hour 🙂 (don’t say I didn’t warn you)

The local bus conductors,

For sure it you are a foreigner they will see it and they will approach you looking for your card, to see did you pay before getting on or if the card is valid. I’ve had one or two run ins with these guys. If it was legal to hit them by all means I would love too, as would many other Romanians. Quite simply put, there assholes. Maybe not all of them but the ones I had dealings with. They took me off the bus one day and tried to scam me out of 50 Lei, I payed my card before getting on the bus. They came and checked it. For sure they switched the card and then said, no money off, off. So I got off, they threatened me with the police. Then wanted me to pay 50 lei fine, I called their bluff and said ring them. When they seen they weren’t getting anywhere, they gave me back my card and told me to go in a not so polite way. So I obliged and got the next bus.

Old women in the supermarket,

The first time I ever went to the supermarket it was an eye opener. In Ireland we are very relaxed when we go grocery shopping, in Romania however it’s a different story altogether. Think of it like, formula one driving meets destruction derby!!! The old women and gentlemen think it’s a race, they are very fast and eager to get their shopping done, so much so that when you are weighing your fruit or vegetables, personal space goes out the window. They will be almost be humping you from behind to get in next to weigh their groceries. Space can also be another issue if there coming down your aisle, be sure to get out of their way or use your trolley like a shield and attack their trolley till you can push your way through. I’ve had a few stair downs with some old ladies but I stood my ground. Luckily enough I have a bit of fight in me. As for the trolley, it never fully recovered and had to be put down… dame you old lady!!!

(Ps…. I have nothing  against old people)

Men going around with their T-shirts above there belly’s like tank tops,

Not to sure what to say about this, but yes its true? Its seems like its fashionable here, Men of all shapes and sizes, young and old. On a hot day for some reason lift their t-shirts above there belly’s and let it all hang out, as the air works its wonders around said area. I’m not criticizing, its just an observation. Each to their own as they say. If you did this in Ireland, a few eyebrows would be raised.

The traffic and crazy driving,

I’ve read a few articles about Romanians driving, as in any big city people are always in a rush. My father is from Dublin so when visiting relatives in Dublin I got a good feel for this their also. Bucharest is no exception!!! The traffic lights can go from red to orange and for 0.5seconds later when it turns green you better be driving off or you will hear the beeps from the cars behind you. It’s good my Romanian is not so good, I can’t understand if there swearing at me and my fiancée or not? I just smile and wave goodbye. But for sure if your driving here, it wont be long till you learn how to swear in Romanian 🙂 While also becoming an unqualified rally car driver.

This article is just a little look at some of the things I noticed here, please rest assured no trolleys or old ladies died in the production of this article…

If you like what you see here please feel free to share, comment or like the article. Any feedback is always welcome.

Anthony

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17 thoughts on “5 Things I have noticed since moving to Bucharest, Romania…

  1. Great post!
    I live in the Czech Republic and I’ve visited Western countries quite a lot, I also went East and I really think that we are somewhere between. These things that u describe can be seen in Czechia too but definitely not as often :))

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  2. I really enjoyed reading this (great writing)… I have always wanted to visit Bucharest… (not sure I would like to live there)…After reading this… I really want to go during the summer so I can pull my t-shirt above my belly…(embarrass wife and kids) and I would also like to try my hand at dodging shopping carts at the grocery.. (although fresh produce section humping and buses I will avoid)

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    1. romania for sure is a beautiful country, I would highly put it on the to do list. Living and visiting are pretty different things, but try organize a trip out of the city when you come. I have one or two articles I can send you. It will give you an idea of something maybe you and the family can go see and visit while here. https://mygreatadventureweb.wordpress.com/2016/08/02/cycling-in-romanian-mountains/ https://mygreatadventureweb.wordpress.com/2016/06/23/digging-deep-prahova-salt-mines-romania/ https://mygreatadventureweb.wordpress.com/2016/06/10/rasnov-fortress-whos-with-me-deep-in-the-romanian-heartland/ https://mygreatadventureweb.wordpress.com/2016/06/04/sinaia-romania-a-little-gem/ hope you enjoy it

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  3. I moved from Africa, England and now live in the Netherlands. I really loved reading about your experience. Hahahahahahahahaha it sounds a little hectic. Have you settled in nicely then?

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    1. yea as time goes on im getting more used to the place, still have to learn the language. Takes awhile to get on your feet, but like most things give it time and it will work out. thanks for the comment 🙂 for sure there will be plenty more things to write about.

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  4. Love the story anto glad to see you are having a amazin journey best wishes to you and urs over the holiday season🙂 hi from kilkenny

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  5. Hi Evelyn, sure you know me I’ll make the best of what I can, when I can, it will be my first Christmas in Romania this year so I’m looking forward to it, I wish you Brian and the Nicole a happy Christmas, for sure with the weather here I’ll be building some snowmen 🤔😂😀😁

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  6. So true… specially the bus part, and the supermarket part. They are really afraid of the “Draft” it is like a silent killer… but I most say after over a year here and some sinus problems, the might be onto something… But even in the summer on buses that have air conditioning while outside is 38°C they open the windows because air conditioning is bad too! -.- sigh…

    I think you might have moved here after smoking was banned inside, because now THAT was awful.

    And the poop everywhere, millions of dogs, no one with a bag to pick it up…

    Well I better stop because this could go on forever :p it is surely strange to adapt to a new place

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    1. Yes I’m only coming close to the year mark now, I suffer from sinuses myself, forever sneezing but I was pretty much the same in ireland. I did hear before that their was a lot of homeless dogs around, but to be fair I don’t see that many, so maybe they improved upon that, I came for a holiday before moving and I was smoking in a bar, it was the first time in a long time as ireland was the first country to make such a ban, so as a smoker I enjoyed it. I’m guessing your a non smoker. Are you Romanian or an ex pat ?

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  7. Love reading your posts, my son is in bucharest since 3rd of jan volunteering in a hostel so nice to read few bits about the city. The bit about the cold made me laugh, my son would go around nearly in a tshirt in the winter and my dad would always give out to him to put on a jumper or he’ll get a cold…maybe my dad has bit of romanian in him…😉

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    1. hi Karen, glad you liked reading the articles. Im pretty much the same with the t-shirt, but not in the past few wks. I have never experienced such weather, but its nice to see it. But after two wks of it, i wouldn’t mind now if it went away and summer would come. There is plenty to see and do over here, i have only scratched the surface. As much as Bucharest is very nice, the real beauty of Romania in my opinion is in the countryside, i think your son will like it very much over here.

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