the paris of the east

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Despite a day in Transylvania, my knowledge of the capital city of this South Eastern European country was in all honesty slim to none. So slim however, that my perceptions of Romania and Bucharest were embarrassing really; that human trafficking was rife and Gypsy culture was largely present. Not my finest hour given it’s the sixth largest city in the European Union. Continue reading

driving to dracula

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The East is a part of The Continent I haven’t ventured much to. While I’ve had a few days in Prague and Budapest, that’s about as far as my Eastern block adventures go. So when £40 return flights to Bucharest, Romania popped up my rubber arm was easily twisted.

We took off from the tin shed of Luton airport Friday evening and ventured three hours away and two hours ahead of British time, landing us at Otopeni Airport, Romania around 11pm. With an airport code of OTP (‘On The Piss’ , mum) and four girls on a Romanian getaway, our first night couldn’t have been more different. We exchanged our Brexit’d value decreasing Pounds for some Leu (5 Leu to 1 Pound), placed our seemingly pointless order on the taxi lottery machine and waited for our caped knight to drive us in to Bucharest city. Continue reading

twenty months a londoner

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Prior to moving, I had hoped to celebrate every six months that I had survived life in this hectic city. Turns out that was somewhat overly ambitious, apparently.

When I first arrived, all I remember hearing from both born and bred Londoners and from longer standing expat buddies, was the constant and incessant use of the word ‘busy’. It used to baffle me that you needed to book a date with a friend weeks out just to catch up, how you could go for weeks on end and not see your friend who lives one tube stop away. We have the same contracted hours in London as we do at home, so how is everyone so busy all the time? I used to feel ashamed if I was – shock horror – free when someone asked to sporadically catch up one evening after work. Ahhhh, those were the days. Continue reading