Today was a perfect early spring day. I hope more days like this will follow.
What better way to lift one’s spirit on a cold January than to enjoy a little bit of sun? I’m not a winter person, I prefer the summer, even the torrid Bucharest summer. And what I don’t like about winter is not necessarily the cold but the fact that I don’t get to see the sun. During winter Bucharest’s sky is usually gray. So I was very very happy that the sun shone over the city almost every day last week. It put me in a good mood and voila… I even took the time to walk around the city and to snap a few pictures.
“You know those ducks in that lagoon right near Central Park South? That little lake? By any chance, do you happen to know where they go, the ducks, when it gets all frozen over? Do you happen to know, by any chance?” This quote is from one of my favorite books “The Catcher in the Rye” by J. D. Salinger. I don’t know where the Central Park ducks go in winter but it appears that the ducks from the lake in Tineretului Park don’t go anywhere, they just sit there on the ice, freezing, together with some friendly seagulls.
While the rest of Europe is under snow, Bucharest enjoyed a warm 12C today topped with a little bit of sun. It was a very pleasant day, same as yesterday when the temperature reached 11C at lunchtime. Just a short break though, they’re forecasting snow again by the end of the week. The lovely almost spring feeling made me grab my camera and gave me enough energy for a walk around the lake in Tineretului Park.
These days Bucharest is hosting the 5th edition of the its International Literary Festival. I missed the first evening of the festival which featured Jonathan Coe and Will Self but on the second evening of the event I had the chance of seeing some of my favorite Romanian writers, Lucian Dan Teodorovici and Filip Florian, together with the Macedonian writer Goce Smilevski. The writers read fragments from their latest novels and answered to questions, all in all it a pleasant evening hosted by the Peasant’s Museum Club.
I took these about two weeks ago, in Cişmigiu Park. I thought I should post them before it starts to snow 🙂
Photographed on Arthur Verona Street.
Probably not for long but still … It’s October 3rd and the temperature outside is 24C. Last week the temperatures went up to 32C a few days in a row. Looks like summer’s still lingering in Bucharest. I know this is not normal weather for October but you won’t hear any complaints from me. The summer terraces are still open and I don’t have to wear any heavy clothing.