What’s it like in Bucharest? 

While it’s best to visit each new destination without any expectations, I will tell you this. In the Romanian capital, you won’t see double decker buses or souvenir shops at every turn, and you won’t see large groups of tourists. Instead, you’ll find yourself in a city that’s still rather untouched by the hand of tourism. 


You’ll find yourself somewhere in the middle of a cultural twilight zone. Walking across town, you might get lost in Paris in between the World Wars, yet with another step, you’re back to modern times... or maybe not. Similar to her language, it’s easy to lose yourself in her rhythm. Listen in, sometimes you’re in Russia, and sometimes you’re in France. When you let her romantic melody play in the background, you might even be taken to Italy. And, sometimes, just sometimes, you’re taken right back to Romania. 


After three months here, I came to the conclusion that Bucharest is elusive. Difficult to understand on the surface, it takes a deep exploration into her many winding paths, grand boulevards, and forgotten corners. If you listen carefully on a late night, in the midst of an endless flow of electronic beats, you might be able to hear her secret. If you spend hours of conversation around a hearty meal, you might just get a taste of what she has to offer. The truth is you could do all of that and just barely scratch the surface. But, what I do know about this unusual character of a city is that her heart is pulsating, beating for its next beginning.


You won’t be welcomed with landmarks or breathtaking beauty. I’ll be honest, this is probably not a city that you will love at first sight. The Romanian capital is an enigma, an experience to be had to say the least. But get into her cracks, her deepest, most forgotten corners and her distant memories, and you’ll learn to love Bucharest with time.


Where can you stay in Bucharest? 

With all this in mind, it’s safe to say that this is a city best to experience on a long-term stay. In my case, I found that staying at a co-living center was the most ideal choice. After a day of exploring, I was able to come back home and share what I had just seen, with both locals and foreigners. Between the staff (hi guys :)!) and the mix of regulars, there was always someone to talk to. 


Staying at a co-working and co-living center like Omega House makes solo travel less intimidating, especially in a city that might seem out of the ordinary. You have access to a community of like-minded people who understand what you’re experiencing. A community that pushes you to try new things and to get out of your comfort zone.


My time at OH taught me that experiences take on another meaning when shared with others. Cultural differences become easier to understand. Language barriers are suddenly knocked down and communication takes a new turn.