Bucharest Squandered Crazy Amounts of Money

Well, it’s only “crazy amounts” of money if you’re unfamiliar with the standard amount of graft and corruption that goes on every day in Romania, especially in the capital. From here: Among the more jaw-dropping details are districts paying €1,000 ($1,083) apiece for park benches, and one area splashing out a total of €8,200 ($8,886) on 13 trashcans lovingly fashioned from exotic wood. No mention … Continue reading Bucharest Squandered Crazy Amounts of Money

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 impressions of the country for years. Just today, I picked … Continue reading The Bucharest Jaywalking Scam

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 in Bucharest (the capital) often tend to be crooks, scam … Continue reading Taxi Drivers in Bucharest

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 something similar in Brasov, Iasi and Bucharest as well. Wow, … Continue reading Bike Sharing in Romania