We arrived in Bucharest the day after Christmas and flew to Vienna that evening. (Flights are much cheaper from Bucharest than from Chisinau.) Since we arrived at 7:00 am and our flight wasn’t until 8:00 pm, we decided to spend the day seeing the city. Unfortunately because it was December 26, nothing was open. We still had a fun time walking around the city though. I have heard a lot of people say that Bucharest isn’t a nice city, but both Curt and I really enjoyed it, and it was nice that it felt like we had it all to ourselves. One other great thing about Bucharest is the language. The people speak so clearly and slowly. It was SO nice. As volunteers we learn literal Romanian, so it is hard when we get to our villages and don’t understand a lot of what is said. Another nice thing about Romania is how inexpensive it is, especially for being an EU country. They use the Romanian Leu (ROM).

Parliament Palace. 1983. Largest governmental administrative building in the world with 12 stories, 1,100 rooms, 2 underground parking structures, 4 underground levels, and a floorspace of 3,700,000 sq feet.

Romanian Savings Bank. The only bank allowed to do business during the communism period, which ended in 1989.

Kretzulescu Church. 1720. Restored in 1935.

Romanian Athenaeum. 1888. Concert hall

University Library

Carol I of Romania.

Arch of Truimph. 1936.