There are new busses in town. They are modern, they are spacious, and they are easy to get in to (the old ones, of which there are still plenty around, require serious climbing gear as the steps are so steep). I used to avoid busses - in fact, never rode them at all. There was no way to get in with a stroller, and very complicated to get in with kids.
Those new busses, though, I really like them. Wide central doors allow easy access with a stroller, and everybody will make space for kids (that's because we are in Romania, and not, like, in Germany). I'm a lost case for taxis.
There is a Sushi-to-go place in Dorobanti. I haven't had it yet, and I was told it's OK - like mall sushi in the US. It's double the price of mall sushi, though. However, it's a novel concept in Bucharest and someone has to start it and may collect the initial mark-up until the competition kicks in. For a sushi lover like me, this makes Bucharest just that much more attractive. (If you really crave good sushi in this town, try either the Kyoto on Calea Dorobantilor, or the HoJo.)
- Lots of new shops and eateries have opened up. The city in itself has a much more European feel to it -- but maybe that's because I was coming in from Armenia.
- The airport road is new, three lanes wide, and smooth as a baby's butt. Nice!
- Strada Bruxelles is being paved. I'm very conflicted about that. We used to live on Strada Bruxelles and it had these really bad cobblestones. It was rustik. I liked it, and I liked that the road was bad enough to slow fast drivers down - a nice thing when you have kids. Doug never liked it as he was walking the road at least twice a day and in ice and snow, it was a bit slippery.
So now it's being paved. It shouldn't bother me, as I'm not living there anymore. But Strada Bruxelles will always have a special place in my heart and how dare they change it! :-)
- I think the city is cleaner. Is that also a skewed viewpoint, or is the city really cleaner than only six months ago?
- The Euro Clinic is apparently really nice and good. And it's just around the corner from our former hunting grounds!
- IKEA will open up in December.
So here's my question: does someone have a job for Doug, please? Or maybe direct flights to Armenia so I could argue a case of long-distance family life?
Yeah. I thought not.