The Year in Bucharest Life

Stars of stage, screen and boxing ring may have died off at an alarming rate throughout 2016, but a Romanian law which came into effect in March will see millions live longer, healthier lives: smoking was finally banned in all indoor public spaces. The ban has made Romania a nicer place: cafes and restaurants are… Continue reading The Year in Bucharest Life

Deluded Reactionary

Last month we were interviewed by Catalin Cumpanasu of Arte si Meserii magazine. You can read the interview (in Romanian) here. Highlights: we call Prince Charles a ‘deluded reactionary’ and tell Dan Nicusor what he has to do to become mayor of Bucharest. Surprise: we make no mention whatsoever of stray dogs. Enjoy.


It was on this day in 1998 – at about tea time to be precise – that we first arrived in Bucharest, ostensibly to stay for a year or so in order to perfect the Romanian we had learnt at university in London. Fifteen years on and – a Florentine interlude from 2001-2 aside –… Continue reading Arrival

More trumpet blowing

And it’s our own trumpet at that. A short interview we gave yesterday to top local Bucharest guide Metropotam. Note that the headline was not ours (we do not like the term ‘expat’). For those of you who don’t speak Romanian, here’s the original English text: 1. Tell us something about you and what you… Continue reading More trumpet blowing

Saying nice things about Bucharest

Those of you who go all squeamish at the sight of blatant self-promotion might want to look away now. Not one, but two name checks for Bucharest Life in the latest issue of the Wizz Air inflight magazine. Here we are interviewing top Bucharest chef Paul Oppenkamp of The Artist (possibly the city’s most talked… Continue reading Saying nice things about Bucharest