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 the daily routine, and of being on holiday even when you are working went with them. Early mornings are now the norm from here until Christmas.
Gone too are the blissful summer days of an empty city. You can always tell when the kids are on holiday in Bucharest by the complete lack of traffic. Cross-city trips can be made in just a few minutes. This morning the traffic was back to its usual self: inching along at speeds barely faster than walking pace.
It’s been a good summer though. Holidays in Greece and London, weekends away in Bulgaria (including a trek to the top of that country’s highest mountain: read about that here), and the annual pilgramage to the countryside.
We also finally ditched our decrepit Opel Astra this summer and bought a new car. The sorry tale of registering it (a bureaucratic mess that tries the patience and humanity of the best of us) will no doubt be the subject of a future post.
Finally, while still on the subject of education, we were contacted earlier this summer by an American couple living in Bucharest (in our own Sector 3) who wanted some advice on how to register their son at school.
We found out last week that the boy had been denied a place at his local school on what would appear to be no legal grounds whatsoever. He was not allowed to start school today. We have told the couple to appeal directly to the Ministry of Education: denying a child a place at school is an abomination.