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Thursday, 31 July 2014

On A Holiday In Romania:: Bucharest

First of all, this post is going to be photo-HEAVY I'm afraid. My Mum, Harry and I spent ten days in Romania, six of which were spent in the capital, Bucharest; the rest of them being spent in the countryside, but more on that in another post later this week. For those of you that don't know, I'm half-Romanian, speak it just about fluently and have been there countless times since I was born. Before my Gran moved to live with us a couple of years ago, she lived in Bucharest and has spent the majority of her life there. So, for me, it's like a second home. 

Despite Romania being a country with a very complicated past, it remains beautiful (or, at least, I think it does). It's a country with stunning architecture, inspired by many different cultures including French and Spanish. Unfortunately a lot of these beautiful buildings were damaged or taken from their owners under Ceausescu and so they're largely abandoned and damaged. However, when we were walking around the city, I was still struck by how lovely many of them are.

Ceausescu's infamous palace

We spent our days in Bucharest lying in 'till the early afternoon (which was absolute bliss), strolling down to the same restaurant each day for breakfast, visiting Mum's friends and practically-family, followed by spending the evening playing games with my friends outside when the heat has cooled down a bit from being thirty-two degrees celsius. They were my favourite days because they are so familiar to me. Being the creature of habit that I am, I don't feel bored knowing I've had days like these most years in my life, in fact it's quite the opposite, I love it. It was great to be able to share that with Harry too, and show him where so many weeks of my summers have been spent.

One thing I simply can't leave out is the food in Romania. Oh my, I can't describe in words how much I love the food there. Somehow, maybe because the majority of it is home grown or I don't know why, the food just tastes INCREDIBLE. Everything's tastier there. And their food quite frankly makes me happy. Maybe even slightly giddy. Inevitably I ate a lot, and I don't regret it at all. Romanians know how to make food and I certainly know how to eat it - it's a perfect fit ;)

Bucharest is definitely one of my favourite places in the world and I had the best time over the past week there. As I said earlier, the place is like a second home to me and in spite of the pesky mosquitos that never fail to consistently bite me, I'm sure I'd go there every year if I could. 

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