Sunday, 1 November 2009

Bine aţi venit în România / Welcome in Romania

Dear all,

We arrived about a month ago in our new "host country", Romania, and took some time to get to know Bucharest and its nice areas (Lipscani, Kiseleff, Dorobanti, Dacia, etc.), look for a new "home sweet home" and get to know people.
When we heard we were going to Bucharest, we didn't really what to expect and the only image which came to our minds were: Dracula, Gypsies and Ceausescu, nothing too welcoming! However, we had had some good feedbacks from people living in Bucharest so we were all the more curious to discover the city and made up our own opinion.
We discovered a city with an interesting mix of architectural style, from sovietic style building (Palace of Parliament) built during the communist era under Ceausescu to 19th-20th centuries palaces, churches and villas which gave to Bucharest the nickname of "Little Paris" and new modern construction. The city is also quite green with numerous parks and gardens, which we very much appreciate after China. The city is of course not perfect with its horrendous traffic, damaged streets and villas and numerous stray dogs. However, its feels like a city with a lot of potential.
Although Romania is surrounded by Slavic nations, Romanians appeared to be much closer to Latin people, in their language and behaviour; they remind us a bit to Italians ;-) They like big cars, coffee and terrasse, and are proud and emotional people. We were surprised how good they are in languages, in English of course, but also in French.

Lately, Andries started working and travelling in the country to visit the different factories, Charlotte got in contact with the French community and few Dutch, will start Romanian lessons next week and is looking for a job. We found an apartment but will only move there in mid-November when we'll received our furniture from China and when the apartment will, hopefully, be finished!

You can see some pictures some Bucharest by clicking on the link. These are few pictures and not so representative of the city... but will post some more later.


Charlotte & Andries


Bonjour tout le monde,

Nous sommes arrivés il y a environs 1 mois dans notre nouveau "pays d'accueil", la Roumanie, et avons pris le temps de découvrir Bucarest, ses différents quartiers, de chercher un appartement et de faire des rencontres.
Quant nous avons appris que nous allions déménager en Roumanie, nous ne savions pas trop à quoi nous attendre et n'avions que très de connaissances et d'images de ce pays: Dracula, les Roms et Ceausescu...bref, pas tres accueillant. Cependant, nous avions eu de nombreux bons echos de la part de connaissances habitant à Bucarest. Nous étions donc curieux de découvrir cette ville et ce pays et de nous forger notre propre opinion.
Nous avons découvert une ville au style architectural heteroclite, allant des immeubles style sovietique construit pendant l'ère communiste aux nombreux palaces, villas et eglises du 19e-20e siecle qui donnèrent à Bucarest le surnom de "Petit Paris". La ville est aussi assez verte grâce à ses nombreux parcs et jardins, ce que nous apprécions énormément après la Chine. Tout n'est bien sur pas parfait, la ville est tres souvent bloquée par la circulation, les rues et les habitations ne sont pas toujours en très bonnes état et il y a de nombreux chiens errant.
Quant aux Roumains, bien qu'ils soient encerclés de nations slaves, ils sont définitivement beaucoup plus latin, de part leur langue et leur comportement. Ils nous rappelent les Italiens sur de nombreux aspects; ils aiments les grosses voitures, le café et les terrasses, sont fières et emotifs. Nous étions aussi surpris par leur maitrise des langues, l'anglais bien sur mais aussi le francaise et bien d'autres.

Dernièrement, Andries a commencé à travailler et est souvent en déplacement dans le pays pour visiter les usines. Charlotte s'est concentrée sur le relationnel en contactant la communauté francaise et hollandaise, elle commence les cours de Roumain la semaine prochaine et cherche un job. Nous avons trouvé un appartement mais pouvons y emmenager que mi-novembre quand nous aurons reçu nos meubles de Chine et quant l'appartement sera, on l espere, fini!

Vous pouvez voir quelques photos en cliquant sur le lien "Bucharest" (à droite). Il y en a peu et elles ne sont pas très representatives de la ville...mais nous en mettrons d'autres plus tard.

A bientot,

Charlotte & Andries

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