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.

What you should know before visiting Amsterdam

Oh, Amsterdam… City of all possibilities. The Gomora of our days. Or is it? I really don’t know how to start this article, mostly because the differences between Amsterdam and any city from my country (Romania, for those of you that don’t already know) are so big that for some of us that visit for the first time this city, it may come as a shock. But let’s cut to the chase and start talking about the important stuff, so here are 10 things that you should know before visiting Amsterdam
1. First and foremost let’s talk about the really important stuff, and the reason that Amsterdam has become such a visited city with more that 1.5 million visitors per year is.. The weed. You already know what I’m talking about or else you wouldn’t be searching for infos about this city, right? (Unless, of course, you are in your 60’s, freshly retired and you want to explore the world while you still can). Here is what you should know: a caffe is not the same thing as coffee shop and this is because the last one has nothing to do with the coffee (honestly I have no idea why they still keep this name.. Probably tradition). At a cafe you can order and drink coffee. At a coffee shop you can order and smoke (or eat, by case) weed. Some of the most well known coffee shops in Amsterdam are The Bulldog (the original coffee shop but many people started complaining about their merch so I would not recommend it necessarily) and The original Dampkring (this I do recommend, for the vibe and all that, and also because you may have the opportunity to sit when Brad Pitt or George Clooney have sat and this is for most of us the closest we will get to them. And also you must try the banana and nutella space cake which is aaaahhh-mazing ( *or so I’ve heard*, but take care how much of it you eat, especially if you have not eaten a space cake in your life). Also, besides these, let’s not forget about the magic shops, where you can buy and eat shrooms, not everyone’s cup of tea.
2. All the cooked stuff that have the word „space” in their name, are probably containing weed but you should totally avoid the prepacked stuff, cause they may contain little to none in their composition (and also don’t try to pass the boarders with such things cause you may remain stuck in a no stars hotels with bars at the windows for some time, but look at the bright side… At least you have the meals assured). So go yet again for the coffee shop space cakes.

3. Red for women, and blue for women that were not women in the beginning. You probably know that I’m talking about: the awesome RED LIGHT DISTRICT. It’s probably something unique in all Europe and it’s also pretty captivating. In Amsterdam pimping is illegal but women can offer paid sexual services. They usually try to lure man by wearing provocative clothes (but they are not allowed to be naked or show their private parts or they may get a fee of several hundred euros.) If the curtains are closed, they are already working and the little thing I said in the beginning is about the light: you can recognize the working women by the fact that in front of the windows they have a red or blue light. If it is red, they were born women. If it it blue or variations (purple let’s say), they are probably not women at their origins so you will know what to expect.
4. Also do not try to film or take photos in the red light district, as many of the working ladies don’t want their real job to be disclosed and they can be quite aggressive in trying to stop you doing so. (Plus it’s really not cool to take photos of any person without their consent so stop being an a**hole)

5. Beware of the pickpocketers. And not only on the streets. If you feel that you may be safe in a restaurant, you’ll find out that this is not the case. Many pickpocketers act when you feel the safest and one of their favourite move is robbing you when you are eating your lunch/diner in peace. They often travel in groups, will sit at a table behind you, will not order anything for 10 minutes then all of the sudden they will calmly sit up and leave and you will not suspect anything until you’ll have to pay the check and will find out that you have no more euros in your wallet. They often go only for the money, not phones, cards or other electronics and also many of them leave the ID documents in place so at least they have this decency.

6. If you really don’t like to pay in cash, at least pay attention and make sure that you have a maestro card, because in many places visa cards or mastercard are not accepted and they may be declined( I understood that they see them as credit cards and in the Netherlands credit cards are a rare find, I guess)
7. Also about the money, make sure that you have 50’s, 20’s and 10’s bills as 100 and 5 hundred euro bills are a rare find and are declined at many restaurants or shops.
8. Please but please try the freshly made stroopwaffles. Amsterdam may not have many traditional foods but the fricking stroopwaffles are the s**t, especially when they are freshly baked and the caramel oozes out of them. My mouth is watering only thinking about them.

9.It’s all about the online, so buy the tickets to the main attractions ( like the Heineken experience) online to skip the long queues. Trust me, you will thank me later

10. Beware of the cyclists. In Amsterdam cars are almost a rarity, which is awesome but at the same time you should really pay attention to the persons on bicycles as they have priority, and they won’t stop if they see you so you could get hurt really bad really fast.

I guess that this will be all for the moment. I really hope that you enjoyed this article and hope to hear from you if you have any other things to add. Kisses , your moldavian girl

Ghidul incepatorului in Roma

Roma, oras plin de istorie, arhitectura si romantism. Cred ca oricine si-a pus in minte sa ajunga macar o data in acest loc prezentat ca fiind o adevarata oaza de cultura. Insa lucrurile stau asa cum se spune?

Deci, ca sa incepem cu inceputul, de ce am ales sa petrecem o saptamana in Roma? Raspuns: nu stiu, poate pentru ca imaginea conturata in jurul acestui oras- obiectiv turistic, a fost atat de frumos pictata incat ne-am zis ca e locul perfect pentru luna de miere.. sau mai bine zis saptamana de nutella, nociolla si gelato. Regretam aceasta decizie? Clar nu, insa cu siguranta sunt cateva sfaturi pe care as fi preferat sa le aud de la cineva inainte sa vizitez acest locsor. Prin urmare, din netarmurita mea bunatate si generozitate *narcisistic bow*, precum si din lipsa de ocupatie intrucat caldura de afara nu imi permite sa socializez in alt fel, voi impartasi cu voi astazi cateva lucruri pe care trebuie neaparat sa le stiti daca ajungeti sa calatoriti pentru prima data in Roma.

Prima la mana: sa nu, repet, sa nu va impinga pacatul sa calatoriti, cum am facut noi (deh, omul din greseli invata) in lunile iunie-iulie-august… poate cel mult pe la sfarsitul lui septembrie sau inceputul lui iunie. De ce? In afara de motivul evident, si anume: CALDURA, care in unele zile nu te lasa sa respiri si te aduce in punctul in care dupa o saptamana arati ca un pui care a stat putin prea mult la rotisat, mai am un motiv foarte intemeiat pentru care va spun sa nu mergeti in lunile de vara: Toata lumea se ingramadeste atunci in roma. Orasul colcaie de turisti cu umbrelute, selfie stickuri si tricouri pe care scrie cu mandrie “ I <3 ROME”. Practic populatia Romei ajunge sa fie formata din proportii egale de “romani”, turisti si pakistanezi/indieni/africani. Si acum ajungem la punctul 2: Roma e plina de acesti vanzatori cu amanuntul proveniti din tari mai defavorizate si care cauta sa iti vanda orice le vine la indemana, de la palarii, brelocuri, ochelari de soare, la apa inghetata. Sunt atat de multi ca efectiv de ciocnesti de 3-4 pe o raza de 10 metri si ti-ar fi mai usor sa tii o pancarda cu “NO” decat sa iti racesti gura de pomana. In cazul in care sunteti abordati de acesti indivizi, aveti doua optiuni: 1: le spuneti “nu” si incercati sa treceti cat mai repede de ei, sau negociati un pret bun pentru ceea ce vreti sa cumparati. Nu ii intrebati cat costa ceva, ca altfel se vor tine dupa voi si jumatate de ora pana cand ajungi sa pleci de langa ei cu un selfie stick, un coloseu in miniatura, o umbrela chinezeasca si o geanta fara sa iti dai macar seama de asta… un fel de surprise buttsex.

Dar sa trecem la a 3-a problema pana nu sunt considerata rasista ( whitch I am not.. I hate everyone equaly *gluma gluma*). Aceasta mare problema este… TRAFICUL. Fiecare dintre noi au fost cel mai probabil calatori sau conducatori de masina/scuter/autobuz etc etc. Bon, inseamna ca stim cu totii ca exista ceva numit reguli de circulatie, nu? Ok. Daca ajungeti in Roma, uitati de asta. Vorbesc la modul cel mai serios, lasati corectitudinea si daca ati vazut cumva emisiunea survivor, treceti in acecl mod, ok? De ce zic asta? Simplu: in Roma nimeni nu respecta nicio regula la capitolul circulatie. Cedezi prioritate daca esti cu masina sau scuterul? Fraier. Sa lasi pietonul sa traverseze? Pff, noob. Sa nu treci cu masina in viteza la 10 centimetri in fata unui om care se afla pe o trecere de pietoni (cam la jumatatea ei, asa)? Pai ce italian am mai fi daca am face asta?? Prin urmare, ca sa treci o strada in Roma, instructiunile sunt simple: Inchizi ochii si sari in strada. Daca atunci cand ii deschizi inca te afli pe trecerea de pietoni, atunci poti spune ca esti un om norocos… daca nu, atunci putem spune ca vei vedea Roma din alta perspectiva *ba dum tsssss*.

Lasand gluma la o parte, aveti mare grija la masini si scutere, care circula peste tot, pe interzis, pe rosu etc etc etc. Si de preferat, faceti-va asigurari de viata… just to be sure.

Din pacate, la cat de frumoasa este Roma, la fel de plina de gunoaie este. De ce? Lipsesc cu desavarsire cosurile de gunoi pe distante destul de mari. Din fericire, insa, compenseaza prin prezenta unor fantani cu apa potabila si gratis… cam 3000 la numar in toata roma, prin urmare daca ti se face sete si nu ai un supermarket ( pentru ca sunt foarte rare si aproape imposibil de gasit in centrul Romei. Nu mai vorbim de hypermarketuri, pe care sa nu le cautati, ca nu exista altul in afara de Eataly), trebuie doar sa te uiti in jur si mai mult ca sigur vei gasi un nasos care iti va potoli setea ( asta nu a sunat tocmai ok).

Eu zic sa ma opresc aici, insa voi reveni si cu partea a doua, pentru ca mai sunt cateva probleme pe care trebuie sa le cunoasteti inainte sa vizitati Roma. Insa, garantez ca in ciuda tuturor acestor lucruri, este un oras ce trebuie vazut macar o data in viata si un oras care iti ofera un sentiment aparte. Pana data viitoare, daca aveti si alte intrebari la care cautati raspuns, sa mi le lasati in comentarii, ca sa le abordez in articolul ce urmeaza.