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11 Oct 2002 :: Well, spent quite a lot of time describing the trip to Brasov.. But it's not about me being lazy or something, as I might appear at first. The winds of change are to blame. The winds began to blow as soon as I thought about moving to another place... [ more.. ]

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12 Mar 2002 :: Being a real maniac programmer I wrote CGIs for the site's news system in C++. Sure, not the best way to accomplish such a task with, and I would prefer perl. But unfortunatelly, the latter lacks such a great instrument like the parser library written by one of my ex-colleagues at NIX Solutions... [ more.. ]

[ 20th Sep 2003 ] new move details | leave a comment |

Bucharest. The capital of Romania, the Carpathian country. Despite of this, there are no mountains here, just an all-round plain. Nevertheless, the region itself is rather seismic. Everyone remembers the earthquake which happened in 1977, whose echoes were felt in whole East Europe, and particullary in Kharkov, Moscow, Kiev, and many other cities. The appartment I rented here is in a block built in 1982, so in case a new powerful earthquake takes place I'll do my best to survive. So the readers of thekonst.net shouldn't worry too much about it.

Finally, the long-awaited move happened. Now I'm in a big city where you can find a lot of houses, streets, shops, shit, clubs, females, computers, homosexuals, backstreets, money, cesspits and architectural masterpieces. A lot of everything, like in any other big city, like in a capital of any country with population over 20 millions. In Romania about 1/10 of population lives in the capital.

Bucharest doesn't look similar to Kiev which was recently made spotless including suburbs and other distant areas. The visual difference between districts here sometimes astonishes. Like, the area of the notheren railway-station (Gara de Nord), there you can see gipsies, vagabonds, garbage and once again gipsies. At the other hand, the Victory square, equipped with animated semaphores. When they're green there is a walking figure on it. They also show how many seconds are left until the light changes. The central areas are very clean and tidy, though sometimes they're rather smogged up. Pavel Kiseleff road is also a nice place. BTW, it was named in honour of the Russian army officer who served as an ambassador of the Russian Empire in France; during the Russian occupation of two Romanian principates -- Moldova and the Romanian country, he was a general guvernor and participated in adoption of the two countries' first constitutions. On the road you can see indicators showing speed of each car passing under it. Actually Kiseleff road is one of the most expensive areas. It mainly consists of houses in which various embassys and political parties offices reside.

Street names in Bucharest are quite diverse: Finland, Brazil, fall of Bastilia, Rakhmaninov, Chile, Rimsky-Korsakov, Glinka, Airplane, Dam, Chaikovsky, Pushkin, Tolstoy, Simphony, Kiev, Turgenev, Mahatma Ghandi, plus a plenty of streets named after various Romanian cities. As to Russian names, there are dozens of them. If you look better, you can also count in Michurin junction, Mendeleev street, Sevastopol str., etc.

Contrary to expectations, looking for an appartment in Bucharest was not an easy task to accomplish. Probably because of the season when students come (on the 1st October studies start), a good appartment is difficult to find. In more distant areas the offer is more than in the downtown, which is caused by bigger amount of living blocks there. But I wanted downtown, so during several days I had to study news-papers thoroughly. The majority of ads there were posted by agencies, but sometimes I saw particular ones too. By the way, real-estate agencies operate in an interesting way here: first they take you to various appartments for free, and then if you decide to rent something, both landlord and you have to pay them half of the first monthly fee. Let's say, there is an appartment which costs $100/mo. Agency will charge both the tenant and the landlord by $50. Looks like making money from air to me. Their work doesn't really cost it. During the 3 days for two times I faced situation when agent took me to see the appartment which I had already seen with landlords who I contacted directly. So when the guy in a green suit told me he had "thousands of offers" in the database at the office I couldn't hardly help laughing hysterically. The circle closed too soon.

Nevertheless, on the 3rd day of searching I found a very interesting variant with one-room appartment in the downtown, in the same neighbourhood with the office of my new company. Titulescu str, near the Victory square (piata Victoriei). $150/mo, plus utilities, phone and stuff which I have to pay myself as well. The appartment is cool because from the balcony (with suicidally low railings, the 10th floor) it's possible to see whole Bucharest, including the famous People's house (Casa Poporului), -- the biggest building on the continent, and the 2nd biggest in the world after the Pentagon. By big I mean not its height, but massiveness. Also they say the People's house has the same amount of floors underground. Well, I have really never checked that. Anyway, there are a lot of interesting things from the balcony. Maybe I should buy myself some good binoculars.

Another important announce from the editorship of thekonst.net. Big thanks to buddy Viorel and his wife Elena who sheltered Konst during his first days in the capital. Thank you, guys!

I have already noticed that one should have a photo camera when moving around the Romanian capital. Sometimes you can see absolutely amazing things, like, for example, the guy on the picture to the right. Actually, all of photos made by me till this very moment in Bucharest can be viewed in the respective section. Meanwhile, I'll try to start writing about Crimea, while I still remember something about this incredibly beautiful peninsula. I wish I write down all of the first impressions in a very detailed way, at least for myself to get back to them sometimes.



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