Walking around the center of Bucharest truly made me feel terrible. The hangover from Ceausecu was evident, with the center unfinished in his grand plan to have a paradise like promenade, the only side effect was most of the old town was destroyed in order to have what the people, mostly Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, wanted. Despite this, the rest of Romania was amazingly beautiful in 2001. One of my favorite places to visit is Brasov, and there are many other cute towns about Romania.
Bucharest 2012 was a much better version than 2001. The only sad part of Bucharest 2012 is that in 2001, Romania was a few steps ahead of Bulgaria it seemed, and salaries were higher. There seemed to be hope that at least they were not like Bulgaria, and they could move forward. Now, while there have been some improvements, Romanian public salaries were recently cut 25% because of the economic crisis, while Bulgaria is allegedly going to slowly increase public salaries after no increases in the past 4-5 years.
It looks like Romania is trying to overtake Bulgaria as the EU's poorest member. This is like Mississippi trying to reclaim the worst public schools in the U.S. title. Just watch out Romania. Bulgaria may fight to maintain the title once they realize Romania is trying to overtake them. Bulgaria could vote the socialists into power in 2013 to overtake Bate Boyko's GERB, to be the next Messiah to save the country from ruin. (Political Nerd Note: One thing I am certain of is that Stanishev and the socialists will ruin whatever progress Bulgaria has made in the past four years if they win in 2013. While I am not a big GERB fan except for the mayor of Sofia, there sadly seems to be no other alternative at this moment. That's right Bulgaria, you're going to get your Romney vs. Obama election next year to vote for the lesser of the two evils. Or maybe Bulgaria has always had these types of elections.)
|Bucharest can be cool and beautiful as their women who look like supermodels. This woman depicts what Bucharest can be. Really interesting, really cool, really sexy, but doing this in spite of the imbeciles running the government.|
|The view from my 8th floor apartment. |
Yeah, I wasn't at the Radisson, but I also paid A LOT LESS for a comfortable bed.
|Cross in memory of those who died protesting Nicolae Ceausescu.|
|Cross in memory of the 1989 revolution.|
|A statue of the stray dog|
issue in Bulgaria and Romania???
|Another statue signaling the blood spilled.|
|The other side of the People's Palace not many tourists see I guess. It might appear there are cranes building something, hopefully divalicious, but probably not. As a casual tourist, I did not inquire as to what might be being built.|
|The palace walls crumbling. What would Nicolae say????|
|Incomplete in 2001, and now complete today. |
Makes for a nice change.
|Yup, Bucharest has street dogs too: This is a great picture of a large, fat street dog sunning himself on a warm October afternoon. Like Sofia, there are plenty of them, and it is an issue that plagues both cities.|
Bulgarian Mineral Water:
I found Devin in a mini-market in the center.
I could not resist, and bought three liters.
I (heart) Devin.
|A driver from Ruse proving she could join the crowd |
by parking on the sidewalk and avoid
paying for parking in the center. Bravo!