Nimfa de la Muncii, o telenovelă cu final incert

Monumentele de for public – busturile, statuile, fântânile, etc. ajung, odată cu trecerea timpului, să definească și să reprezinte zona în care au fost ridicate. E și cazul unui monument azi considerat pierdut – Nimfa din Bariera Vergului. Încerc să reconstitui istoria ei, de la apariție la dispariție, ca un demers de recuperare a memoriei urbane bucureștene. Pentru aproape 70 de ani, Nimfa a fost un simbol al unei zone pe care azi o tranzitezi rapid cu metroul, tramvaiul sau mașina și n-ai timp să privești în jur – Piața Muncii. Continue reading Nimfa de la Muncii, o telenovelă cu final incert

Guest Post: 3 days in Bucharest, uncovering chaos and The Zero Theorem

Right after spending two days visiting Brașov and Sinaia up in the Carpathian mountains, the train took us to the capital city of Romania, our last stop on a 9-day trip to the East that had started in Budapest, Hungary, on 1 August.

cazzavillanLuigi Cazzavillan is a very interesting street in downtown Bucharest

Even after having read some stuff about Bucharest – the worldwide famous Palace of the Parliament, some scary lines about stray dogs, the massive urban changes imposed by Ceaușescu in the ’80s – we must say, to be honest, that our first walk in the city, from North Train Station (Gara de Nord – n.r.) to a hostel on Luigi Cazzavilian Street was quite surprising: in less than 20 minutes we had the chance to experience Art Déco style mansions, a shirtless man shouting from the window of a crumbling Neoclassical villa and Communist skyscrapers, everything under blistering August midday heat. Continue reading Guest Post: 3 days in Bucharest, uncovering chaos and The Zero Theorem