Bucharest, Romania

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September 25th 2004
Published: April 23rd 2005
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I spent 4 days in Bucharest. Interesting place? Although just becoming part of the European Union, it looked like it was stuck in the 1920s. Just 15 minutes outside of the capital, there are people burning garbage in a can, old women with thatched sweepers cleaning up leaves, horse drawn buggies with produce...

I stayed in the Sofitel, not far from the airport and arrived on a Thursday and stayed the weekend. My only business was on Friday outside of the city. I managed to pickup some kind of viral sinus infection when I was there that lasted six weeks.

Food and Beer? FANTASTIC! and CHEAP! Becks 16.9oz. beers were 0.75-1.00 US Dollars! Have a look at the greek salad and lamb chops I had with 2 beers and 2 glasses of a Transylvanian Sauvagnon Blanc. I would definately like to go back in a year or so.

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Different twist on urban renewalDifferent twist on urban renewal
Different twist on urban renewal

This restaurant was built INSIDE and existing building. The city would not allow the building to be torn down, so the built this building inside!
Lunch on SundayLunch on Sunday
Lunch on Sunday

After conversion it was like $14 US.

27th September 2009

Burning Garbage
Bob, In Ulster County, NY there are lots of hill Billies who still burn their garbage in barrels... plastic and all! Even after the EPA finally outlaws open burning, they will still go on doing it in their back-yards. Embarrassing!

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