The Foreword of the current Bucharest In Your Pocket Mini-Guide (that’s the fold-out map we publish to complement the main guide) starts with these words:
Well, let’s be the first to admit it: this morning, with a good 20 cm of snow laying on the ground outside our apartment, schools closed and a severe weather warning in effect, we do indeed look like right idiots. It’s what happens when you have to write a Foreword valid for two months of the year that sometimes bring snow, but which sometimes bring sunbathing weather.
Still, at least there are only 20,000 or so of these maps currently in circulation around the city, and we can at least claim to have tried to hedge our bets with that first line.
As for the schools being closed in Bucharest today (and their closure was announced yesterday afternoon, long before it started snowing) we can’t make up our minds if this is a sign that Romania is going soft (a bit English, you might say) or if the notion of forward planning has begun to take root at the Ministry of Education?