Bucharest the Diary: Love Takes Time

I will be living in Bucharest for the next 4 months. My adventures will be written in this Bucharest the Diary series. Enjoy!

Dear Bucharest,

You just doesn’t have that first-time-wow-impression. The first time I saw you, I just couldn’t say WOW like I mostly do when visiting a new place. Trust me I tried, even nearly popped my head out the taxi just to make sure I didn’t miss anything pretty. All I saw was gloomy buildings and dark aisles.

As I got to my residence, I got less excited. Apparently it’s normal here to share a room with someone. After living in France for a year having a tiny room all to myself, I was not happy by this prospect of sharing a room with a stranger. Yes I’m a friendly person (really, I am), but c’mon I need my privacy every once in a while!

I was greeted by a man who couldn’t speak English who asked for my name. After several hand gestures explaining me that I will be on the first floor, he took out my key and pointed a name on a sheet of paper.

“You, with her,” he said.

I recognized the name, my friend. I smiled. Well OK, maybe it isn’t that bad sharing a room.

Dragging my luggage through the spacious dorm, I looked at each door in search for my room number. I stared at a room with no number but the words “We love girls from Turkey”. I stared. Checked my number again. Yes, this numberless room is mine. I knocked once, twice. My friend came out and greeted me. A sigh of relief.

True story!

I asked her about the sign, she said the girl before me was from Turkey. Ah make sense, well maybe not. I will change it to girls from Indonesia and Ethiopia (my roommate) soon. The room is biggish, but still too small for two people. It had a little bit of coziness.

Here, your people stare at me. There’s something about their stare. It’s true that I don’t see a lot of Asians here. I somehow like the attention. As I was waiting for your metro, a friendly man started a conversation with me asking me where I’m from then we talked for 5 minutes or so. I realise that your people’s stare are simply just disguised curiosity.

Manuc’s Inn

On my first weekend, I decided to give you a second chance. So I set my foot to explore you. I was still not convinced. Your old city is definitely not the best in the world, but I kept an open mind. Maybe I missed something.

A few days passed and I was lucky to meet up with Earl from Wandering Earl who has lived on and off in Bucharest. Sitting in a cafe called Simbio, my heart melted a little. I love your cute cafe my dear Bucharest! It was so cozy with friendly locals who greeted us with a huge smile. Earl convinced me that it will take time to love you. He also pointed out some nice places to hang out and eat. Apparently you have some pretty amazing places to satisfy my highly demanding tummy.

Art in the street of Bucharest

There’s a Javanese proverb which goes “Witing tresno jalaran soko kulino” – it means love will grow as you get used to it. Maybe that’s what will happen to us. I really do. I can’t wait to discover more of you, Bucharest.

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  1. […] I will be living in Bucharest for the next 4 months. My adventures will be written in this Bucharest the Diary series. Enjoy! You can also see this post in my personal website: Bucharest the Diary: Love Takes Time […]

  2. I’ve heard that Bucharest is really cool. Your blog makes me quite curious now… 🙂

    1. Glad it did 🙂 It is an interesting city, so many surprises!

  3. I lived in Bucharest for almost a year and experienced the same thing. During the few weeks I felt overwhelmed by how ugle Bucharest was but then with time I found places that surprised me.

    1. Hi Aga! It is indeed a surprising city. At first you’re not sure, but it grows on you doesn’t it?

  4. Wow… you are in Bucharest 🙂 Drop me a line if you would like, I am from Bucharest… and Earl is coming end February 🙂

    1. Good to see someone from Bucharest! I’m ending my stay in Bucharest in one week sadly 🙁 but it has been an exciting stay for me! Thanks for dropping by!

  5. Hi Aggi,

    Loved your article and is true Bucharest could take some time to adjust to, but it’s a great city.

    Strange places, hidden streets with old houses, well or bad preserved, sometimes neighboured by huge concrete residential bocks or even factories, gardens and trees, small family businesses, terraces and teahouses, cozy bars and intimate restaurants: Bucharest is about all this controversial juxtaposition.

    For your next trip to my town try this http://www.bucharest-tips.com/ and discover the city through the eyes of locals.

    Regards
    George from Bucharest

    1. I agree, after a while not living there, I kinda miss it! I will definitely be back soon 🙂

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