Before going to Bucharest, I must admit that I felt completely and utterly lost. I knew absolutely nothing about Bucharest. Or even Romania, for that sake. To me, Romania simply appeared as a rather big, blank space on the map, and the only associations it gave me was fragmented words like “Dracula” and “communism”. Sadly enough. However, it quickly turned out that Romania is so much more than that… So here is my quick, “don’t-panic” city guide to Bucharest!
Where? Bucharest, Romania. The country share borders with Ukraine, Moldova, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Hungary (in other words – it is located in Southeast Europe).
Closest airport? Aeroportul International Henri Coanda Bucuresti (wow! Try saying that after a few glasses of wine!), the city can be reached within 25 minutes by taxi.
Flight time? 3.5 hours from Glasgow, app. the same from London Heathrow.
Time Zone? + 2 hours (London time, +1 hour Scandi time)
Currency? Romanian Leu.
The Stavropoleos Monastery
Where to eat? Hanul Hanuc (in the Old Town) is famous for its traditional Romanian cuisine (which is highly inspired by the Ottoman culture). La Mamma (in the Old Town) serves cheap and wonderful food that will keep you both happy and fed for days.
Where to stay? No Doubt – Umbrella Hostel. This is the best hostel I have ever stayed at (and I swear, no one is paying me to say this, I simply just love it). The comfiest bunk beds ever, the softest pillow I have ever rested my head on (at a hostel, that is), and free coffee all day and all night. And it certainly didn’t hurt that the cutest Englishman EVER was sleeping in the bunk bed next to me. Ah, the life of a single girl, eh?
So the final question is “Should you go?” Well, I would definitely say “Yes!” to that. Bucharest is a strange city indeed, but I quite unexpectedly found myself liking it (and not just because of the cute Englishman or My Very Fake Hen Do, I simply just liked it).
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