School’s in

If summer holidays do anything, it’s prove George Bernard Shaw’s mantra that school is just a convenient place where parents can park their kids for prolonged periods each day. Both son and daughter of Bucharest Life went back to school today, a mere three months after their summer holidays began. That feeling of freedom from… Continue reading School’s in

Sector 3’s facelift: It’s all on the never-never

You can’t swing a cat in Bucharest’s Sector 3 at the moment without hitting yet another block getting a ‘free, EU-financed’ facelift. Ahead of June 5th’s local election, the mayor of our glorious People’s Republic, Robert Negoita, has focused his re-election campaign on the renovation of communist-era blocks. Negoita would have us believe that he… Continue reading Sector 3’s facelift: It’s all on the never-never

Sweet Justice

Neculai Ontanu, leader of the UNPR party and mayor – for more than 15 years – of Bucharest’s Sector 2 (that’s the Obor/Colentina/Tei/Pantelimon area of the city) was yesterday arrested by Romania’s anti-corruption agency, the DNA, on charges of corruption. His lawyer, Loredana Radu, was also arrested. Deliciously, it emerged this morning that Ontanu had… Continue reading Sweet Justice

Meanwhile, in Sector 3

Our council tax is still being spent with the utmost care and attention. Besides the signs (above, which have appeared all over the sector: this one is at Piata Unirii), the Great Wall of Unirii – about which we first wrote last year approaches completion: What a fine addition to the city. Money truly well… Continue reading Meanwhile, in Sector 3

The Year in Bucharest Life

We began the year as we meant to go on, with a bit of a whinge about the ongoing sorry state of Romania’s skiing infrastructure. What particularly riled us at Azuga was the need to buy two lift passes. We later found out (via this comment) that to enjoy all of the runs (there are… Continue reading The Year in Bucharest Life