In Bukuresti until Monday.
Visited the 2nd largest building in the world, the Palace of Parliament, with its looming communism status facing the Piata Unirii.
Walked through areas of Bukarest including areas where last speeches were given before the “govt” was overthrown in 1989. Reading about it all was very interesting.
Lots of young people here wonder why someone like a foreigner would ever come to Romania inquiring “Why do you have interest in Romania?” implying that staying in my own country or heading to “better” countries such as those in west Europe is a better idea. I guess they think that the economy and decent paying job prospects are very poor here for locals.
Also sat outside a monastery for 15 mins nearby to listen to the songs sung in Romanian, wrote in my journal, and drew a picture of a well.
Ate a Kebab for lunch – 7 lei. It was over 30 degrees today in Bucharest.
Met a Japanese guy a couple days ago here in Bukarest (he is on a 6 month journey around europe and the middle east) and it had been a while since I spoke Japanese, but I was smooth with words and I think its pretty much instilled inside me, the nihongo, so I felt good about that.
Chilling in the park this evening as well.
Spent 4 days in Amsterdam last week.
3 days at the Black Sea in Mamaia, and Constanta towns.
50 Lei bus ride from Bucharest.
Happy bday this week to JohnD and Xander, if you are reading. Happy birthdays!
More Romania this weekend!
Back to Germany next week.