Things you must know if you want to visit Bucharest

With a long history behind, one of the most known communist cities in Europe, Bucharest has developped a lot in the last decades since the revolution. In today’s article I’m gonna tell you some great parts of Bucharest and what you should take care for when traveling in this fun city.

First and foremost, we can all say that Bucharest is one of the cheapest capitals in Europe. If you are searching on airbnb for a place to stay, you will be pleased to find out that prices for a 2 room apartment vary from 30 to 80 euros per whole apartment per night. Well, divide this by two couples and there you have it. But that is not all. Many of the Bucharest’s good restaurants (not the tourist-y traps in the city center) have also pretty low prices. For a soup you can spend anywhere from 2 euros to maximum 4-5 euros while for a big delicious burger at a great place (will tell you about the best burgers in Bucharest later) you can spend around 6.5-11 euros. Not that bad for a meal, right?

Unfortunatelly, although the prices are pretty low, you should for sure take care for the tourist traps. So here are some tips.

From the moment you get off the plane in Bucharest, try to stay away from the taxi cabs. In Romania they use to charge tourists more money than what they would charge a regular romanian customer and also if you are a group of more than 3 persons, they will not take you. Also if you have more luggages they will not take you or will charge you more money for no reason . So try and get the bus, that for a fee of only 2.5 lei (around 50 eurocents) you can get till Piata Romana (in the center of the city) from where you can get to the metro station. You can take the bus in front of the arrivals terminal. You you still have lots of luggages or are just to tired to travel by bus, you can instal a app like Uber or Bolt or Yango and travel cheaper than with the taxi. And don’t forget to consult a map of Metrorex (subway) or STB (bus) online because the paper maps are not that easy to find in Bucharest.

For fast travel, use the subway as the roads get very busy and you can loose more that 1-2 hours if you travel by bus to get to the city center depending on the hour. 1 card with 10 trips is only 20 lei ( around 5 euros) and the cards can be bought from the vending machines in every metro station.

Beware of the pickpocketers. Try not to look too tourist-y and keep you purse in front of you even when you are eating in a restaurant as the thieves in Bucharest and Romania in general are pretty creative. Also, beware of the beggers and the people with parrots, pigeons or any other guys that try to approach you for gambling games that you will for sure lose each time.

All shops and markets are open till 22:00 even on Sundays and there are also many supermarkets or minimarlets that have non-stop program. So if you wake on a sunday morning and have nothing to eat or drink, rest assured that you will find a Mega Image or Shop&go open near you at any time. (Honestly this is one of the best parts as many of the western european cities have on sundays all the shops closed).

Other tip is that you should Try and pay in RON or by credit card as paying in euros will almost always Charge you more. Don’t forget, in restaurants and cafes the tip is not included and it’s polite to leave at least 10-15% to the waiter depending by the way they served you. And also tip him cash, as not all the restaurants give the tips to the waiters if you pay them by credit card (and many restaurants don’t even accept to tip  by card so having some change at all times at you is a great idea).

For a quick fix if you feel hungry, forget the fancy restaurants with long waiting hours and try one of the baegels or pretzels or „Covrigi” as we named them from one of the many pastry shops everywhere around Bucharest, or why not, a slice of pizza or a „Merdenea”. The best ones I’ve tried so far are at Luca ( you can find them at Unirii, Tineretului and honestly almost everywhere. Just give it a quick search on google maps) you will have a full tummy with 1-2 euros and will not feel sorry as they are delocious!

For now I will stop here but don’t worry cause I for sure will make a second part to this article. Hoped you liked it and if you have any other questions don’t forget to leave them in the comment box below.

Sherlock visits Warsaw

Nu, acest articol nu este despre Varsovia, desi actiunea se petrece aici (pentru asta avem un clip pe vine pentru ziua de maine. Suntem pe faza, da?). Ci articolul asta are la baza si in centru un articol de imbracaminte perfect pentru o zi racoroasa de primavara. Un articol pe care poti sa il combini in o gramada de feluri, dintre care eu va voi arata azi minim 2. Vorbim despre trench, bineinteles

Pentru outfitul zilei am ales un trench cu maneci bufante, ce ajunge lejer pana la jumatatea coapsei, intr-o culoare oliv-kaki, ce combina stilul anilor 80 cu stilul army al zilelor noastre. Un articol, as zice eu, de baza intr-o gardeoroba si care cu siguranta nu se va demoda prea usor. Trenchul de fata, subtirel, este luat de pe womanfashion.ro

Cu buzunare mari in care incape orice ai avea nevoie dar si cu un cordon ce se leaga lejer in talie, punand-o in evidenta, am ales sa il port in primul rand intr-o zi cu o pereche de skinny jeans, o maleta si o pereche de botine cu toc argintiu. Nimic prea sofisticat, dar un outfit perfect lejer si trendy in acelasi timp.

Pentru cea de a doua tinuta, am ales sa folosesc acelasi trench cu o fusta de piele, pentru un look mai feminin, dar pentru ca totusi aveam de mers destul de mult pe jos, am ales ca in loc de a pune o pereche de tocuri in picioare, sa ma incalt cu o pereche de adidasi ce imita incaltarile deja celebre de la Balenciaga (care de altfel mi se par hidoase dar in cazul de fata parca merge). In partea de sus am ales o bluza cu surprize.. Un crop top cu spatele gol astfel ca daca trenchul e pe mine nu se observa nimic prea exagerat dar daca il dau jos, pastrez acel aer sexy chiar si cand e frig afara. Voi cum ati purta trenchul oliv?

Trench: womanfashion.ro
Fusta, bluza: H&M
Adidasi: Bershka
Geanta: zara

Easter with Humanic

Mereu am vazut Pastele ca pe o sarbatoare mai speciala. Pentru mine este genul ala de perioada pe care vreau sa o petrec cu familia, respectand traditii vechi de zeci de si de fiecare data cand se apropie ma cuprinde un fuzzy feeling. Mor de drag gandindu-ma pa cozonacii pufosi proaspat scosi din cuptor, la mesele intinse la care ne strangem cu totii, si aici nu ma refer la familia apropiata. Nono, la noi e totul sau nimic, adica Pastele se face cu bunici iubitori, matusi glumete, unchi vorbareti si verisoare fashioniste si nu as da asta pentru nimic in lume.

Acum sa va zic si cum a decurs Pastele anul asta, in cazul in care erati curiosi. Pentru inceput, am ales sa pregatim bucatele de acasa… Cel putin la capitolul desert, si sa petrecem o zi cu prietenii nostri. Asa, pre-easter. Asta inseamna ca am avut prima ocazie sa luam pe noi cateva haine elegante, si pentru acest moment am ales sa port o pereche de boyfriend jeans rupti, o bluza cu volane si o pereche de tocuri. Si nu orice fel de tocuri. Am ales sa merg intr-un magazin Humanic, unde am rascolit prin colectiile noi, si credeti-ma ca sunt socata ca am reusit sa ma opresc doar la o pereche de sandale, desi in minte mi-au mai ramas cel putin inca 7-8 perechi pe care le-am trecut pe wishlist. Bineinteles ca musafirii m-au prins punand la punct ultimele detalii, inbracata toata de petrecere, dar pun pariu ca nu sunt singura care a patit asta, nu?

Insa Pastele l-am petrecut intr-un loc mai retras, inapoi la origini, intr-un mic sat de la „periferia” Moldovei. Plasat la 7 km de Prut, atat de aproape de granita de nici reteaua nu mai stie exact unde suntem si are tendinta sa intre pe roaming, Avrameniul este un loc unde oamenii sunt simpli, traditiile inca prezente si parca tot ce tine de lumea moderna e lasat de izbeliste, oamenii gasind placerea in traiul fara astfel de artificii. Si mi se pare locul ideal unde poti avea o vacanta perfecta. Fara cluburi, fara masini, fara laptopuri, doar oameni frumosi.

Pentru ca tocurile nu sunt neaparat la locul lor aici, am ales sa port a doua zi de paste ceva mai simplu… Si anume o pereche de balerini de care nu m-am putut dezlipi de cand i-am vazut prima oara in vitrina. Si ati ghicit, erau 1 dintre cele 7-8 perechi mentionate mai sus (incet incet I’ve got to catch them all). Botul ascutit le da un aer fashion fara prea multa bataie de cap, in timp ce beretele de pe glezna iti fac piciorul sa se simta comod si fara riscul de a-ti aluneca. In cazul de fata am ales sa ii port cu o pereche de blugi cu talie inalta si o bluza scurta, dar cu maneci lungi si ample, foarte vaporoasa si care da senzatia ca e petrecuta. Ideal as zice, mai ales ca dupa mesele intinse, am ales sa lasam mancarurile grele la o parte si sa facem o plimbare prin padure, si intr-o poienita am gasit loc si ragaz sa ne asternem si o patura.

Cam asa a decurs Pastele pentru noi… Cu bucurie, modestie dar si cu tinute noi si un strop de eleganta. Voi cum ati petrecut de Paste?