BUCHAREST

Hey Folks!

I am back! I apologize for the absence and that I haven’t written about the trips to Bratislava and Taiwan. But don’t worry, this one is a pretty entertaining story. It began with the spontaneous character of my girlfriend who thought about to go just somewhere during New Year’s Eve. I just said: “Yeah, why not! Hamburg sucks anyway on New Years Eve!” – and this is sad but true. If you are new, young or a tourist and you are in Hamburg you might think otherwise. Don’t worry, I won’t judge. I used to be like this, too. Of course. But nowadays parties in a random apartment (or in a friends one) aren’t as cool as they used to be and every shitty Club wants you to pay for entrance – even the most disgusting bars. Combined with a rather aggressive and very very drunk crowd I rather decided to flee. We had the choice between Sofia and Bukarest, due to me hesitating the flights to Sofia were no longer available so we just booked to Bucharest.

I gotta admit I was really excited. Bucharest still got the charm of an old “untouristic” capital somewhere in East Europe. Different from cities like Prague or Budapest – that does not mean I don’t like them!

We got a really cheap flight from Berlin’s, but I guess one can say Germany’s, ugliest Airport Schönefeld. Bah. It was packed with people, queues longer than I’ve ever witnessed. Anyway, the flight was ok and we arrived in Bucharest safe and sound. From the airport it is easy to get to the city centre – you can choose between bus or taxi. We chose the bus because cheaper although the taxis aren’t too expensive if you compare with Germany. We were lucky and the ticket machine was broken so we went for free. 🙂 With searching, going to the wrong direction at first and stuff like that we arrived at our room after one hour.

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What a beautiful view!

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And now for something completely different! If you just want to check the pictures you better scroll down because now I am going to tell a horrible story about what happened:

After we dropped our bags in our room and got ready to go out we walked down the street. Our destination was the city center, we wanted to witness the main fireworks and see how the people are celebrating. It was around 11.15 pm. So we were walking along the sidewalk until my girlfriend M. suddenly tripped over a small concrete stone in the middle of the sidewalk, it happened in front of a café where people were having a private party. We were so happy to be together, to enjoy the holiday together, to experience and to explore new things and suddenly this happened. So she fell down and all of our luck was immediately destroyed once I noticed, while I was helping her to get up again, that theres a lot of blood which shouldn’t be there. She had a shock and the second I saw her – me too. Her lip bursted, a piece of a tooth splintered and another tooth was turned around.  After I realized what the fuck just happened I brought her to the café, told the people to call an ambulance as fast as possible! We went to the bath room, we both cried. That was one of the most shocking moments in my life so far. I felt so helpless. The people were really nice and helped me to translate what happened towards the ambulance. What really made me angry was that they refused to take me with her. She was crying inside, I couldn’t do anything. As if that wasn’t enough they also, at first, even refused to tell me the name of the hospital they want to take her. Fuck. I begged them to tell me, asked a woman to translate for me and to explain how important it is for me to know where the hell the fucking hospital is. Finally they told me. I ran to our flat to get the passport, insurance ID and so on and afterwards tried to take a taxi. A taxi? In Bucharest at 11.30 pm on New Year’s Eve?! Forget it. What was I supposed to do?! I ran. I ran twenty minutes desperately to the hospital. I finally reached it around 11.50 and they allowed me to see her. I will never forget her facial expression. After I told her that I am there and that I have to wait and to sit outside – Happy New Year! The worst ever. One and a half hours later she was released, the doctors only did the bare necessities and they didn’t do them good. They kind of fixed the teeth for the moment but we left the hospital with a bad feeling. At least we were free to leave. We decided to get medicine from a 24h pharmacy (antibiotika and other things) and asked our AirBnB host for help. I’m still so grateful what she did for us. You have to understand, it’s New Year, 3 am in the morning and we went there, knocked and asked if she can help us to find a 24h pharmacy and she even brought us there! I really appreciate it and if you read this: you are always welcome in our home! 🙂

The other person who helped us more than I ever expected was a guy I already met in the hospital. He found out that I’m from Germany and he was speaking german, too. So he told me every detail in the hospital and even gave me his phone number if I have questions about what we are supposed to do and where to find a dentist and things like that. To be honest I was really a little suspicious in the beginning. I never experienced this kind of friendliness and help towards somebody you don’t know. So after we went back home the pain was temporary gone and we finally could go to sleep after being awake about 24 hours in total. We slept the whole day and were able, due to the painkiller she took, to walk around a little and actually take a look at the beautiful city of Bucharest.

The palace of the parliament was very near to our place and overwhelming! It’s just huge and one of the largest buildings in the world. Quite central at the end of a boulevard Unirii, where you can witness the socialist/communist era with your own eyes. You should  find out why and by who it was built. When standing there it looks stunning but once you found out what had to be destroyed, erased to build this gigantic house you gotta hold back your tears…

We couldn’t visit anymore places this day because it was late already and I contacted the friend from the hospital. He offered to help us with finding a dentist on the 2nd. Which is  twice as hard because a) we are foreigners and despite a blinking tooth as a sign I wouldn’t even know where to find one and b) it was the 2nd of January and, so we were told, nearly everybody is having holiday until the 3rd. The next morning he even came with a taxi to our place to pick us up and brought us to a dentist in a district quite far away. Would you do this for people you don’t know? Everything worked out quite well and we were able to enjoy the rest of the day with walking around. Now that I write these lines I am still so grateful for your help! I will always remember and you are always welcome!

Now more about Bucharest since we were now able to walk around and to take a closer look at the city. My first impression was that it’s a true coffee city, which I like and that is why I can imagine going back and it looks like it has a fucking lot of potential!

Just enjoy these pictures:

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We reached this area by feet. We really enjoyed walking around this neighbourhood with the small houses

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The tiny houses with their detailed front remind me of the heritage district in Penang, Malaysia.

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This place called “fabrica” was sadly closed all the time, like more or less everything was closed.

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majestic!

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We checked out some clubs and bars but we were rather disappointed. I don’t know if I wrote that already, if not: do not trust the “vice guide”. It’s a lie and the places they recommend sucked. The club they recommend was more like a place for Yuppis ( jaja blalba tourists blabla) but come on. There are better bars to hang around. Also the Vietnamese Restaurant (of course we had to go to one at least once) was also not the best I’ve seen so far. The food was cold and they haven’t had any drinks, haha. Anyway we found a very nice Vietnamese place right next to the city centre, to the right there was a “german” supermarket, selling brands and “german” stuff that I’ve never seen nor heard of before. Hilarious stuff they offer. Bucharest is a good place for eating outside. We ordered a lot and were treated very well. As for germans there’s a lot of Kebab/Shawarma which is written “Shaorma”. We all know the KebapLovingdönereating Germans, right 😉

In hindsight, everything we did was drinking coffee, walking around and worrying about her teeth and the wounds. So we definitely need to come back. Now more pictures! And if you are still reading this, you have to check out the history of Bucharest! Not only the old and new architecture but also the gigantic socialist remains where people are now protesting. The art scene is worth to be visited, too! Maybe one day I’m going to write something about this beautiful city!

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This is probably what people mean when they talk about Bucharest of the “old Berlin”

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This is actually the entrance of a private museum

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Government building, reminds me of Budapest

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Fabrica again, how cool is it!

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Beautiful street art everywhere

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Despite the horrible accident, this city is just beautiful and if possible – go there!

Next: Barcelona!

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Sooooooo

I went to

BUDAPEST

 

And this is how I experienced it. Flying to Budapest was more or less a Schnapsidee (‘crackpot idea’). The reason was just to get out of Hamburg and visit a new place. I don’t want to discuss current political actions by the Hungarian government here so keep your mouth shut or contact me in any other way. As an experienced traveller I didn’t look up ANYTHING before we took the plane. Pretty clever, I know. The first surprise was that Hungary, in contrary to my beliefs, does not have the Euro.

That was pretty disillusioning and before I said anything, I felt dumb. I later found out, that Hungary will have the Euro by 2020, although they’re in the EU since 2004. If you want to know why, please ask (please don’t ask). Anyhow, their currency is called Forint.

For the first time ever I used “Air B’n’B and we (that’s my and WinterLu, my travel compagnon) found a quite neat place near to the city center. Owner was a friendly guy who took far too little money for it (Hi, Gabór!). The way from the airport was quite easy and soon we arrived. The first thing we did was sleeping a few hours – nice vacation!

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Afterwards we were walking around the city, exploring it for ourselves. As I said, I didn’t inform myself about this city at all so I was surprised about how the city part looked. Overwhelming buildings, trendy/fancy cafés and bars all around. And a lively jewish district with kosher supermarkets, hummus restaurants and a stunning Synagogue!

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old tombstones

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The Synagogue with it’s own small park area (where mostly the portraits of important Hungarian Jews were shown) & museum is really breathtaking. It’s a huge building with a lot of details you shouldn’t miss if you go to Budapest – a take a break at a hummus bar called “Viking”, haha.  Check: http://www.budapest.com/city_guide/culture/jewish_budapest.en.html and

We hit this place by accident at Friday night. We were walking around the area to find a place called Szimpla. If you inform yourself about Budapest Nightlife before you visit the city then you can’t avoid this place. Well, we didn’t. WinterLu looked this place up in the Internet as some kind of “hidden spot” or “alternative bar”. If you’re looking for tourists then it’s the place, if you want to hang around with locals – better don’t go there.

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Szimpla Kert (Bar) – Front

Anyway, we went in. It’s a huge place with moderate prices and a really cute decoration. You should probably go there, and if it’s only for saying that you went there and that you know this place by now. One beer is about 1 or 2€!

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Same Same but different

The next day we went on sight-seeing. First stop was a famous flea-market called Esceri Piac. It’s quite far from the city centre but definitely worth it. It’s more an antique market then a flea-market you know from germany. They had lots of cool stuff there and that was also the first time I ate langosz! Langosz is more or less a fried pancake – TRY IT WITH CHEESE AND GARLIC!

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We bought nothing and went back to the city.

Luckily the centre of Budapest isn’t that huge so we could walk to every worthy sight – decide for yourself. For me it’s quite interesting to walk everywhere. You can get a much better view of the life and the people. So we walked to Gellért-hegy (the Gellért-hill) and to the riverside. During the walk I noticed that most of the city-buildings are big, huge – monumental! It’s like vienna times two. Impressive. We walked by the riverside and there are, of course, the most beautiful ones, their front reminds one of “The grand Budapest Hotel” (excuse me, this comparison was inevitable).

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Austrians call it “Baumstriezel” but the Hungarian name is much easier: Kürtőskalács. Really really tasty!!

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The impressive Szabadság híd (Freedom-Bridge)

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Bottom of Gellért-hegy

 

Next to the hill is the famous Gellért-hotel. We walked up the hill. From the top you can look all over the city and have a view on the old Bastille and the Freedom-Monument.

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sad knight 😦

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There’s also a chapel inside the hill! But we didn’t go there – they charge you.

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Gellért hotel

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I really love the old buildings, the old tram and everything. Sometimes I felt like being in the Europe of 1920 something.

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As we walked down we noticed this cute statue of Buda & Pest

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Its fake

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Lion aka The Freedom Cat

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The Basilika! Impressive building, we sneaked inside. It was closed already.

 

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Inside the Basilika

 

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Furthermore we visited the Hungarian parliament, the Heroes square in the city park and a lot of other stuff. At night we mostly got drunk and walked around and ate a lot! Of course gulash, langosz and I tried Bratwurst – Hungarian style!

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The Parliament

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Cute old tram

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Heroes Monument, the most important people in Hungarian history got their story and statues there.

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Go there! Nice Bratwurst!

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Weird.

 

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The tourist market is huge, also they got one road only filled with restaurants or tourist shops…

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The last night we joined a nice concert in a cellar of a bar. Our host invited us and we really enjoyed it. This goes for the whole days we spent there. What to say about Budapest in conclusion? It’s a beautiful city with beautiful buildings. The Bars may surprise, the currency as well. Besides, we think that Budapest is a “bench-city” – everywhere we went there were more benches than people. And it’s also a “statue-city”, they have so many statues there. Even a statue of dog. I think you only have to open a shop or donate 300 Forint to the city to get a statue there. Kind of funny. Anyhow: GO THERE IF YOU CAN!

egészségedre!!

 

 

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