LIFE IN BUCHAREST, ROMANIA– HOW IT DIFFERS FROM ANY OTHER CITY I HAVE LIVED IN
Bucharest is quite a picturesque city and I do not know how many of you know this but it was once called ‘The Little Paris’ or ‘Paris of the East’. So far, life in Bucharest has been good: living with my aunt, going to work, going out during the weekends and even going to the seaside(home, Constanta) after a month of working. Life for me has changed for multiple reasons and I can admit that working in a company is among one of these reasons. Being one of the interns(babies, novices) of a company means that all eyes are on you and your development in the short stay(3 months in my case) at the company. Since I have been on my own for the last two years of my life, studying abroad, it has been quite a shock and a perk at the same time to live with my aunt in Bucharest. It is a fuzzy feeling to be taken care of, having food prepared for you, having your clothes, dishes washed by another person, etc are some of the chores I had to do for myself and now that my aunt does them for me feels good. I feel spoiled every day and I can not thank her enough for hosting me in her home during these 3 months.
I will try to insert lots of pictures during this post to make it more vivid and interactive and to kind of show you some of my daily snapshots from Bucharest.
Some of the top activities I have been observing, doing, enjoying and so on are:
-reading: in the subway, before&after work, before nighttime, on my 2-3hrs trip back home
-watching the sun setting
-meeting some old friends/ getting to know new friends
-personal professional development
-appreciating my family, boyfriend, friends, the little things in life
Being superficial in life has seemed to be one of the flaws that have brought my performance and development down. Lately, I have been learning and handling how to control being superficial, how to be more organised in order to avoid superficiality, chaos, being late, forgetting important deals, promises, ideas, plans. What I can tell you is that ultimately everything is linked to your motivation and the urge to succeed in whatever area, with your passion, strength, and character. Moreover, I have experienced a strong feeling of dépaysement in terms of career prospects: I have always been fond of the arts, writing, reading, but lately this marketing internship has brought up new attitudes and qualities that I never knew I had in me: speaking effectively, listening closely, negotiating, being persuasive, funny but firm at the same time. Hence, I would definitely be interested in becoming a broker in the near future, even if PR, Media, HR have been the possible departments I wanted to discover. It has been definitely a rollercoaster getting an internship, but I can not be more proud of me and my development so far in Proper Support Media.
In terms of how Bucharest differs from any other city I have lived in (Constanta, Coventry): it is definitely crowded, buzzing, frenetic, but it is full of history, gorgeous landscapes, and buildings where the architecture of the city, as is the case in most of the transition cities, is deeply marked by the transition from the old to the new and modern.