Usefull words

>> March 05, 2009

As Bucharest is not a very touristic city, there are only few places where you can see announcements in english. So here are a few words that might help :


BILETE = TICKETS

REDUCERI = DISCOUNTS  (REDUCERE = DISCOUNT)

GARA = RAILWAY STATION

LIBR─éRIE = BOOKSHOP

MAGAZIN = SHOP


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No photo!

>> October 10, 2008

It is strange, we know, but there are many places in which you are not allowed to take pictures. Why? We do not think anybody has the right answer. Probably, it is a reminiscence of the past, of "the golden era" (communist regime, we mean) when lots of things were forbidden. For instance, even nowadays, you are not allowed to take pictures in the subway, in the train station, inside and outside (???) the airport. 


In museums usually you have to pay a separate fee for taking pictures or filming. An entrance ticket to a museum is very cheap: 1-3 euro. The fee for images is usually ten times more

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Late night party

>> October 05, 2008

Going to some other cities of Europe, I was surprised to find out that there is nothing to do after 8-9-10 p.m. In Bucharest you will not get this kind of problem. Most bars and clubs are open till late. And they are full 7 days a week.  Clubs are opened until 5 in the morning. That's good if you don't want to pay for a taxi. Remember: if you go by bus this early be sure you have a valid ticket. I know that after a night out you could be so brave that you would want to travel without paying the ticket. But this is the favorite time of the day for the inspectors that check tickets.


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Cash or card?

>> October 02, 2008

There is a bank (even 2-3-5) almost on every street. And all have ATM machines. So you do not need to carry around too much cash. You can  pay with the card in big shops and supermarkets. But be sure you always have cash. There are only a few restaurants and bars where you can pay with the plastic rectangle. 

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Exchange rate

1 EURO ~ 4,3 LEI  or RON (= Romanian New Lei) 

 1 U.S. DOLLAR ~ 3,5 LEI  

1 POUND ~ 4,8 LEI

You can see here what the coins and bills look like

This is the official National Bank's exchange rate (the  rate in banks and exchange houses is around this ammount) :  


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