Reckless driving

Thinking of going out in Bucharest today? Forget it. Much of north-central Bucharest (as well as routes in and out of the city) have been brought to a grinding halt by lorry and taxi drivers protesting about the cost of vehicle insurance. Despite meeting with – and winning concessions from – representatives of the government… Continue reading Reckless driving

RATB in new absurdity

There was a marvellous report on the news last night about how RATB – the company which operates public transport in Bucharest – has inadvertently picked up our ‘make public transport in Bucharest free‘ idea and put it into practice. Due to an almighty cock-up in RATB’s Department of Crapness (we feel certain it has… Continue reading RATB in new absurdity

Make public transport in Bucharest free

RATB, the state-owned agency which operates surface-level public transport in Bucharest, last week published a report claiming that almost half of all passengers on its buses, trams and trolleybuses do not have valid tickets. Given that those who do pay for tickets are purchasing the cheapest public transport tickets in the European Union (one trip… Continue reading Make public transport in Bucharest free

Bucharest might be nice when it’s finished

We returned to the Romanian capital last night after a few weeks away to discover much of the city has become an enormous building site. From Piata Sudului to Casa Scanteii almost all of Bucharest’s main roads and junctions appear to be undergoing serious repair or construction work. The north of the city is the… Continue reading Bucharest might be nice when it’s finished


Just another day on Calea Vitan. This was the sight which greeted us this morning when we went to pick up Daughter of Bucharest Life from school: We have absolutely no idea how the driver (who we think was the fufa in the pink dress on the phone in the top photo, and on the… Continue reading #dinvitan