Bucharest taxi drivers vs. Uber (again)

UPDATE: Just as we suspected (they are that predictable): the taxi drivers and the government have reached an agreement, with the authorities promising that they will issue an emergency ordinance that will all but make Uber illegal. — Bucharest’s taxi drivers are on strike today (and will be tomorrow, too). Thousands of the bastards will… Continue reading Bucharest taxi drivers vs. Uber (again)

The Week in Romania

Cristian Cojocaru, Head of the Telecom Division at Samsung Romania, caused a stir this week when he declared that ‘tablets are more important than indoor toilets.’ In Cojocaru’s view, indoor toilets do not facilitate learning: tablets do. As such, families in the countryside should spend money on tablets (made by Samsung, of course) rather than… Continue reading The Week in Romania

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

Country Life: A Month in Bucharest Life

It’s been a nomadic month. Our brush with Greek Life was followed by a week in the increasingly nasty police state that is Turkey, where Brother-in-law of Bucharest Life – a major in the Romanian army – is currently serving (and enjoying a rather luxurious existence courtesy of Nato). Then to England, where, amongst other… Continue reading Country Life: A Month in Bucharest Life

Uberexcited (2)

The taxi service Uber launched its services in Bucharest today, to predictable levels of excitement from the hipster bedwetters who think that anything American is amazing and to be embraced without question. Take a day off people: it’s a taxi service. Charging the same as any other taxi company in Bucharest (1.39 lei per km)… Continue reading Uberexcited (2)


Much excitement in the easily excitable world of the Romanian blogosphere this weekend at the news that Uber – an alternative to taxis which makes use of a mobile phone application to calculate the price of a trip – is set to open up shop in Bucharest. For the easily excitable digital-first crowd Uber ticks… Continue reading Uberexcited