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.
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 🙂
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.
The aftermath of the “rainy” season – two weeks of rain – can still be seen in Cişmigiu Park.
Is anyone still using phone booths? To make a phone call I mean, not as a space for sticking posters or for taking a nap. Last time I used one was circa 1996 and I’m guessing I’m not the only one in that respect, since everyone in Bucharest from the 8 to the 80 years old, from the cleaning lady to the CEO seems to have at least one cell phone.
Bucharest is slowly coming to life after the post holiday slumber. Four days after the arrival of the new year the traffic is still manageable and the streets are still quiet. Many of the city’s citizens seemed to have found refuge in its parks, ice rinks and malls. Next weekend the last of the bucharestians who went away will probably make it back – by car or plane – and on Monday the city will be back to its crazy, crowded self.
10 degrees Celsius and that glorious blue sky? Hard to believe.
I’m back home after a five months absence. It’s cold in Bucharest, but not as cold as expected. And the last few days were quite sunny, which I like. No sign yet of the dark gloomy days that are the norm during winter time. Two days ago I took an evening stroll downtown to take photos of this year’s Christmas decorations. As always I took too many pictures and it was hard to decide which ones I like best.