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

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

It’s time for real change in Bucharest

How lucky we are to live in the People’s Republic of Sector 3. After a quiet autumn¬†so far our enlightened mayor Robert Negoita (one of just three of the seven Bucharest mayors not to have been arrested*) this week¬†recommenced work on one of the most important infrastructure projects the city has seen for decades. Yep,… Continue reading It’s time for real change in Bucharest

The grass really is greener in Sector 3

We were asked on Friday what’s new in the People’s Republic of Sector 3. Well, grass: that’s what new. Green grass. Expensive green grass, lawn-tennis standard. Heaps of the stuff is currently being laid between Calea Vitan’s tram tracks: What’s more, an automatic sprinkler system has been installed to keep the grass as green as… Continue reading The grass really is greener in Sector 3