First impressions from Bucharest
I am arriving to Bucharest with no expectation. Many people were shocked by my decision, but their judge looks did not deter me from doing so. From the principle, I try to get into every situation without prejudices. What do you think, you’re attracting. If you expect good, you will get good and this is always what I keep in mind. I am coming to Bucharest with this attitude for indefinite work experience.
I don’t know how long I’m going to stay, I just feel that intuition tells me this is the right step in my life. Situation I am in right now is causing mixed feelings of mine and first days I do have a problem to be positive. I realize that I am no longer a student who returns home after a semester. This is not a trip and I have to find a suitable place where I feel like at home.
After few checks of the apartments, I decide to go to the city by walk, to soak its atmosphere, to explore the neighborhood and part of Bucharest, which becomes my home soon. In a second when I have look around, I am present in the moment and starting to perceive with all my senses. I’m surrounded by trees, the old alleyways that resemble Paris. Not exaggerating. When I googled Bucharest I noticed this comparison and I have to admit it is a true.
My feet are full of blisters, but even that are not stopping me from exploring the city and being able to see all that beauty. I’m surprised how much green I see. I would never have expected the capital with such a huge amount of trees. In every place where a tree can be planted, it is. The parks are located on each corner and they are dividing the city areas. One of the largest is Harastrov park, which has lake where you can take a boat and after the sail, you can go straight to the huge beer hangar.
Metro is very popular, but I want to see what street of Bucharest can offer. It’s Friday and the city is getting crowded. Bucharest is much more populated than any city I have lived in. People are nice, most of them speak English much better than you could imagine. Whether it’s a taxi driver or an old lady in a small stand. When you are missing few cents, they will forgive you and let you buy what you wanted. Prices are much lower than in Slovakia and I was not on the countryside yet. I am surprised that the streets are clean because I heard that Bucharest is extremely dirty and because of that I expected something similar as in the South Asian countries. It is true that waste is not separated here and rubbish bins are often fully loaded, but it is actually not that bad.
I don’t even miss the sense of security, what is extremely important. Nobody have honked at me yet, no one in the street screamed at me. A few people gave me a kind smile when they let me cross the street. Bucharest is becoming slowly but surely my home and I have to admit, that I like it. A lot.
IF YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO THE WORLD BY YOURSELF, OVERCOME FEARS AND GO FOR IT. ONCE YOU ADMIT IT, YOU WILL SEE WHAT BEAUTIFUL THINGS ARE ABOUT TO HAPPEN. LIFE CHOICES ARE DIFFICULT, BUT THEY ALWAYS BRING FRUIT.