The Bucharest Jaywalking Scam

Word Count: 803 Over the past month or so, the Unsleeping Eye has reported an uptick in foreigners being caught in a new Romanian scam. As far as I can tell, this is only happening in Bucharest, the chaotic near-lawless capital of Romania, where taxi drivers have single-handedly done their best to ruin foreigners’ first…

Taxi Drivers in Bucharest

The filming continues like wildfire and it’s been absolutely amazing meeting so many people, both visitors and residents alike, with their informative and interesting opinions on Romania and life here in this unique country. Sadly, one of the people we interviewed brought up a problem I’ve heard many times before, which is that taxi drivers…

Bike Sharing in Romania

Following up on yesterday’s post, I came across an article (unfortunately not online) with some wonderful news. The city of Cluj-Napoca is once again going to offer free bike rentals (also known in English as “bike sharing”). This program is the brainchild of Asociatia Green Revolution (Ro) and I’m quite happy to see they’re doing…

Bucharest Visit

Ok it’s official. I’ll be flying into Bucharest for one day and one day only – December 15, next Wednesday. If you’d like to talk with me, sell my book, interview me, buy me a beer or anything else (in Bucharest) this is the time to do it. My contact details can always be found…

My Guide to Otopeni Airport

Well I’ve flown out of there twice now this year so time for a current (for now) guide to Romania’s busiest and biggest airport, officially called Henri Coanda Airport. Despite serving Bucharest, it is actually located near a tiny village named Otopeni in the next judet (“state”). For years and years and years the airport…