About Bucharest Life

When we started Bucharest Life in 2007 it was little more than an extension of our day job, the city guide Bucharest In Your Pocket. Bucharest Life was a place to write about some of the things which didn’t quite fit into a city guide, either because of a lack of space or simply because the subject matter wasn’t wholly appropriate.

Since then, Bucharest Life has become an increasingly important part of the Romanian capital’s English-language media mix. Over the past year or so we have been publishing more and more daily and weekly news updates, often becoming the first English-language source to break stories. Throughout 2017 we hope to publish as many daily summaries of goings on in Bucharest and Romania as possible. It is not a full-time endeavour however, so do not blame us if we miss anything.

The bulk of our output however remains comment and opinion pieces on the subjects we know a thing or two about: primarily Romanian politics and travel.

We still publish Bucharest In Your Pocket and will continue to do so well into our dotage. Indeed, we are currently expanding our reach and will be launching new guides in a number of Romanian cities this year.

Who is Bucharest Life?

Me, Craig Turp-Balazs. A resident of Bucharest since the summer of 1998 I learnt Romanian at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, studying Romanian language and literature under the tutelage of Professor Dennis Deletant. Besides my two Bucharest projects I have written and contributed to a number of guidebooks for various publishers, including: Berlitz Bulgaria, DK Eyewitness Austria, DK Eyewitness Budapest, DK Eyewitness Hungary, DK Eyewitness Prague, DK Top 10 Budapest.

You can read more about me (and how I came to be in Bucharest) in this piece I originally wrote for Decat o Revista.

You can contact me at this email address, on Twitter and on Facebook. I am also active on Instagram.

PS Why do I always write blog posts in the first person plural? Simple: it is the In Your Pocket house style and after 18 years we find it difficult to write any other way.

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  1. Popular French sport Pétanque on The exhibition „REVEAL BULGARIA” will be Opened at Bucharest, Romania
    On 7th July, 2015 at 11 a.m. in the hall of the business center of the The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania, on Octavian Goga Blvd. № 2, sector 3, Bucharest, will be opened the exhibition “REVEAL BULGARIA”, organized by the association „Program Made in Bulgaria”.

    Architect Kalin Panayotov will introduce to the participants and the guests the popular French sport Pétanque. At a central place of the exhibition will be the stand of the Bulgarian Pétanque Federation which will host the European Championship at Albena in September.
    At the exhibition “Bulgaria Speaks” in Bucharest You will have the opportunity to become familiar with the most popular French sport Petanque. On a central place in the exhibition there will be a stand of the Bulgarian Petanque Federation, which will demonstrate the sport for a first time and will present Bulgaria as a host of the European Championship in Albena in September 2015.
    “Petanque” is one of the oldest and most popular games in the world and is revered in Europe and around the world for centuries. Because of its versatility and attractiveness it is played by millions of people worldwide. The scale is huge. The International Federation of Petanque includes 105 countries.
    Bulgarian Petanque Federation was founded in 2000 and is a member of the World and the European Petanque Federations (FIJPJ, CEP).
    Bulgaria is hosting the European Petanque Championship for MEN in Albena, 24th – 27th of September, 2015.
    Romania is the only European country that does not participate in official international competitions. By participating in the exhibition in Bucharest BULGARIA SPEAKS we would like to promote this wonderful sport in Romania and to activate Romanian petanque enthusiasts to participate in international sports events. We kindly offer you to be guests and spectators of the championship and to become familiar with the best athletes from Europe. In the accompanying program in parallel with the official competitions we plan a tournament for amateurs as sports-entertainment. Practicing petanque as amateur is a wonderful experience and a form of active relaxation.
    4th of July, 2015
    Chairman of the Bulgarian Petanque federation:
    Ar. Kalin Panayotov

    On 7th July, 2015 at 11 a.m. in the hall of the business center of the The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania, on Octavian Goga Blvd. № 2, sector 3, Bucharest, will be opened the exhibition “REVEAL BULGARIA”, organized by the association „Program Made in Bulgaria”.

    The essence of the project “REVEAL BULGARIA” is to present leading municipalities and their regions to the Romanian administrative, cultural, tourist, and economic communities.

    The exhibition will be opened by the chairwoman of the association and the author of the „Program Made in Bulgaria” Adriana Tsaneva.

    The mayor of Sliven general Kolio Milev, the mayor of Veliko Tarnovo Daniel Panov, and the mayor of Svishtov Stanislav Blagoev will take part in the event. They will present Sliven, Veliko Tarnovo and Svishtov, their history and their specific regional traditions and their sights, as well as the perspectives for development in the fields of culture and tourism.

    Architect Kalin Panayotov will introduce to the participants and the guests the popular French sport Pétanque. At a central place of the exhibition will be the stand of the Bulgarian Pétanque Federation which will host the European Championship at Albena in September.

    In the exhibition will participate the firms: OSKAR-EL Ltd., Agroprodukt, Melko Sliven, MEFUMA, BOLYARKA, TSAREVGRAD TARNOV Ltd, SLAVANSK Ltd., APOLLO TOURIST SERVICE, Vinprom Svishtov AD. As a part of the economic potential of Bulgaria, and as business partners seeking contacts with the Romanian market.
    The exhibition „REVEAL BULGARIA” aims to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between Bulgaria and Romania in the fields of culture and tourism.

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  2. Hi, do you have any ideas about clubs/meetings where children can attend so they can speak to other native/fluent English speakers? We lived in UK for a while and my son (5) speaks better English then Romanian and I would like to keep it. We do speak with him in En, but us not being native speakers, it’s not the same.

    Thank you

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