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Bucharest is next!

Well… Bucharest is the next European Capital to visit… There’s quite a few Capitals in the South East of Europe that I still have to see and I am curious what I will find. Bucharest is a quite isolated one, so I was happy to find a cheap flight with Wizzair to take me there for 4 days.

Romania in a way never really attracted me, it seemed poor and underdeveloped, but I have heard many good things about it too. In the 90’s I personally liked Romanian footballplayer Gheorghe Hagi very much, “The Maradona of the Carpathians”, he scored fenomenal goals, and Hagi is considered a hero in his homeland. He was named Romanian Footballer of the Year seven times, and is regarded as one of the best football players of his generation. Just so you know.

The name of București has an uncertain origin: tradition connects the founding of Bucharest with the name of Bucur who was either a prince, an outlaw, a fisherman, a shepherd, or a hunter, according to different legends. In Romanian the word stem bucur means ‘joy’ (“happiness”). It all should be a joyful experience for me then!

I really am keen to see Ceaușescu’s Palace of the Parliament or the “Peoples Palace”. There should be some stories that I can pick up about it as well…

The city’s population, according to the 2002 census, was 1,926,334 inhabitants, or 8.9% of the total population of Romania. I do hope to meet 1 or 2 of them!