Sunday, April 6, 2008

So I kicked off my Europe trip by coming to Bucharest. Well actually I wandered around Madrid for an afternoon before flying here, but that was relatively uneventful. I am not sure exactly why I chose to come here but I am rally happy that I did. The city is beautiful and has provided me with quite the adventure I have to admit seeing that I am by myself and I know literally 6 words of Romanian. As I have been telling people that I correspond with: the city is romantic, the architecture in mindblowing, the language is insane, and the money is literally made out of plastic. Let me share a bunch of pictures that I snapped while walking around the city yesterday:

I think this is a converted hotel now but I could be wrong.
A sample of the many really interesting buildings all over the city.
The boulevards and buildings are enormous, kind of like being in Washington DC.
The influence of American culture? Who would have thought...
Fountains abound.
The house of parliament or something like that. The second largest building in the world behind the pentagon.
The parks are gorgeous because all of the spring flowers are beginning to bloom. If you can't get enough of the flowers at the park, you can buy them on practically any street corner. I am pretty certain that the gypsies run the flower trade here.
Feast your eyes on these tulips.
I think this is a library of some sort. Either way it is stunning.

I love this city so far. It is very charming and unlike anything I have seen before. When I order food I have to point and hold up fingers usually. Sometimes I just write things down to communicate, like when I took a taxi last night.

Oh, then something kind of strange happened today. I was walking around and some guy spurts of in Romanian at me. I tell him I speak english, francais, & espanol and he insists that I wait on his friend who does speak english to come. I figured why not, this could be interesting- and it was. When his random friend appears from inside the house he asks me in the worst English possible if I wanted a woman for the night. I am not sure if he was running a brothel or trying to pimp out his daughter but it definitely caught me off guard. Not the first time I have been hassled about prostitution, but still.

So tomorrow morning I am heading to Cluj-Napoca, which is located in the mountains of Transylvania. I am really excited about that .


jesse said...

i know i have said this before, but i will say it again: i am jealous of your european and african endeavors and i am forced to live vicariously through your blog. i hope to rectify my exploratory shortcomings in due time.

Justin said...

yes sir it is a good life and you too can build up debt and travel the world! When are you finished with your Americorps stint?