About Romania, it is a Latin country in Eastern Europe, but they don't really have the latin friendliness and zest for life, neither do they seem to have the Eastern European work ethic or conservative values. For several generations Romania was under the thumb of this nutty dictator who wanted to basically turn it into a Eastern European version of North Korea. It took him 20 years but he actually managed to build the world’s heaviest building and the #2 largest building in the world.
Bucharest is the little Paris of the East, the downtown area is kind of a cool juxtaposition of foreboding communist era monolithic buildings and classical Western European architecture. Here's the PUA spots in Bucharest:
A few quirky insights and observations of mine that my fellow nomadic PUAs will want to consider before booking a trip to Bucharest...
English is more pervasive and common than in my native Denver, Colorado. Romania feels like yet another country trying to be like a little America with Starbucks, malls, Wal-Mart like big box stores brimming with junk food, billboard advertisements on every intersection and American pop music playing in every cafe, restaurant and store.
For some reason I thought this country would have really good looking women. Not so much. If you go to a swanky nightclub or walk through the fashion district downtown you’ll see some cuties but the average Romanian woman is, well very average in all dimension.
Gaming Romanian girls feels more like gaming German or English girls (uhgh... sorry I just threw up in my mouth a little bit!) than gaming Latinas; they seem to have a witty sense of humor and speak English really well so you can be a little more verbally dexterous with them, you cocky/funny bastard!
In high school I went to one of those 'cool'/'hip' liberal Church youth ministry groups. I remember at the end of the service after the worship service they would play some cool pop songs (or even hip hop) and some of the suburban, upper class and very sober Christian girls would dance - shake thier asses a little bit. The sad truth is that those Christian girls, danced better than the average Romanian girl at a club. I've been to a couple of clubs here now and the women really are abysmal dancers.
It's one place that I feel like you don't get any extra points for being a foreigner, the Romanians are so inundated by Western culture that I suspect meeting a western man for them has all the novelty of downloading the latest episode of Game of Thrones.
As much as I dislike the city, Bucharest has one strong thing going for it from a PUA's perspective, a centralized nightlife zone with probably 20-30 bars within a few minutes walk of each other. The Old Town is illuminated on almost every street with neon signs advertising sexy massage parlous, giving it kind of a sleazy, sexy tourist vibe. If I go back to Bucharest, I'll rent a flat in close proximity to Old Town.
An odd thing about this country is that young, straight and otherwise normal Romanian men rock the fuck out to the lamest American pop music. You'll see a group of local guys between gulps of beer doing their fist pumping bro dance together to the latest Rihanna club banger.
Cost of Living
The cost of living in Bucharest is actually a little more expensive, I'd say pretty on par with Berlin, it didn't feel like a good value. I can count on two hands the number of times I felt quiet ripped off.
The country has this idiosyncratic economy where everyone is trying to scam everyone all the time but it’s surprisingly difficult to trade your money fairly for services you need rendered. You have to call and email multiple times to just to get people to accept your money. After about 2 months here I’m starting to think that everyone in the country is secretly day-drunk; everyone you meet performs their jobs like you would expect if they drunk but pretending to do their jobs so they didn’t get fired.
The one thing that SUCKS about the country is being immersed in a perpetual cloud of second hand smoke. Romanians favorite pastime is smoking cigarettes, it’s legal in the majority of cafes, restaurants and bars. Speaking of the cafes, they are mostly old timey haunts that make you feel like you are in a Humphrey Bogart movie, not very digital nomad friendly. Every morning after doing anything social I awoke to the reek of cigarette smoke on my clothing.
Eastern Europe for half the year is life in greyscale; the sky is grey, the buildings are grey and it feels like you’ve barely finish lunch when it begins to get dark. I haven’t seen much snow, but plenty of cold, wet drizzle-lishious days though. I know it's a super wimpy excuse but this crappy weather really does kill the motivation to go out and game, in the future I'll plan my travel to avoid these climates.
The social scene for expats is pretty weak compared to Berlin or even Kiev. On Couchsurfing you'll find a couple of events a week with little no attendance. There's one language exchange group worth joining if you are going to be in town long, but it's not quiet like some towns where it's super easy to get plugged into a social circle via public events.
Speed, accessibility and reliability is pretty average for Europe.
A positive, they have UBER. It’s obscenely cheap, convenient and comfortable transportation service. All the Uber drivers were friendly, informative young Romanian guys who I imagine moonlight as gigalos.
Romanian food is actually a little better than the dull fare that characterizes most Slavic country. There's one restaurant called Caru cu Bere in the old town that you should definitely try. They do have coconuts! My #1 diet lifehack.
I’ve discovered that only about half the power outlets in the country actually work, the rest are just decorational apparently.
I think I would like this country a whole lot more if I were drunk, but unfortunately I’m on a 90 day sobriety bender.
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