Brisk nostalgia

It’s been a few months and one season since my last walk around Cotroceni. With the holidays behind us, this time I’ve found the neighbourhood much quieter. Just the usual stoplight honks, but as soon as you start to stroll by the doctor named streets, the city’s noise suddenly calms down.

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I’ve started my afternoon journey from Eroilor Metro station and, of course, I couldn’t resist the urge to “inspect” the bridge’s views. cotroceniwalk-2

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The streets were empty. The sidewalks were white and slightly cleaned up. The only noticeable sounds were the dogs’ barks and the squeaking footsteps over the snow. cotroceniwalk-5

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Hi there, mini mustard van! You’ve grown taller since our last encounter. cotroceniwalk-11

I’ve felt the awkward climax of nostalgia when the orange box of an ancient street payphone got in my way. Must have been a truly romantic scene to hear it ring back in the days.cotroceniwalk-15

People! 😮 cotroceniwalk-17

And the never outdated street fluffy bathrobes. cotroceniwalk-25

My worst nightmare, red dotted buildings. The red stands for the high seismic risk. Bucharest’s old districts are full of these. Sadly, some of the signs have fallen due to the wear of time or thanks to the caring landlords.cotroceniwalk-26

At the edge of the winding Romniceanu Park, I took a few steps up the hill and there it was, sober as usual, The Carol I National Defence University. cof

Back on the bridge, the time has passed, colours have changed, couldn’t have turned down the offer. cotroceniwalk-35

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“Casa Radio” (The Radio House) one of the biggest ruins left by the Communist Regime in Bucharest.cotroceniwalk-46

The end of the day caught me on the stairs of the National Opera House watching this spectacular sunset. sdr

Last Saturday

Last Saturday, I was glad to be at Maneca din Canepa‘s first Hemp Conference. While taking a few shots I also found out a lot of new and intriguing facts about the industrial hemp. Apart from cannabis coffee (drool below), there’s a ton of other uses of hemp in clothing, cooking or building materials.

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Between the panels, I strolled a bit around the neighborhood to get a glimpse of the weekend vibes. reader

blue Volkswagen van

yellow city bikes

dark blue motorcycle

lost tourists

As usual, there were cats at every corner. I’m starting to believe that Bucharest is becoming more and more of a cat city. Not their biggest fan, but I have to appreciate their availability and posing skills. green eyed cat

not amused cat

Right next to the many pharmacies, banks, betting shops and cats, there’s lots of pastry shops. pastry shop

At the end of the day, I found Unirii metro station more crowded than usual. People were coming back from another one of the mayor’s free events. metro bike

old couple holding hands