It gets never easy to break stereotypes, to find the multiple other sides of the story. That is why I have great admiration when people are trying to go beyond the appearances.
Bucuresti Optimist (Bucharest Optimistic) is a photo project that shows “the half full of the city”, as the founder describe it. The best part is that the photo stories are not only told by Igu, the initiator of the project, but many other photography and Bucharest enthusiasts.
Among the last photos left to post from my last holiday, portray one beautiful place not too far from Bucharest. At around 10 km away from the city, you can find Mogoșoaia Palace – build between 1698 – 1702 by Constantin Brâncoveanu and later on after 1920 re-constructed by Martha Bibesco. The Palace is made in Romanian Renaissance style or Brâncovenesc style – a mixture of Venetian and Ottoman elements.
I’m more of a tourist nowadays in my hometown as whenever I get the time during my visits, I take the camera and stroll around the streets with curious eyes. I’d say these wanderings complete my view of the city because I never saw its many details until now.
Here a few shots from the Old City Center, Carol Park, in and around University and Unirii Squares.
The entire set (ongoing updates) you can check it here.
Every morning I take the subway to go to the office, but lately I have the feeling that I’m traveling in a moving library. More and more people are reading books. It seems the popularity of newspapers is slightly decreasing. Young or middle-aged men and women, either standing or seated are all captivated by the universe of their volume. Some even are getting in the train with the book already open.
So I was very curious… what readings can be so fascinating in the early morning? … and when I could see the titles I wrote them down. Here is the list after two weeks of “spying” on my fellow travelers:
Oops.. my stop… I have to get off… Happy reading everyone!
PS I didn’t count “The Fiscal Procedure Code” saw it in the hands of a woman, because I don’t think it was leisure lecture, but more likely a quick review for an exam. Or… maybe not?
UPDATE: While making the above list a great campaign was happening: Urbanreadings, as a reaction against the popular Romanian saying “nobody is reading these days”. Organized by bookblog.ro and civika.ro Urban readings had the exact purpose… to promote reading. It was a special and secret campaign the details being delivered only to the ones who registered to take part. After the action ended (June 15th) the impressions were shared (What are people doing in the subway? – in Romanian)
So having my book with me… I was a volunteer without knowing! 🙂 But besides sharing the joy of this awesome synchrony it was great to be part of such community spirit. Great initiative guys and many more to come!!
PS Weeks after the campaign I’m still adding titles on my list. Yes, I know… bad, bad habit! I ask forgiveness! 🙂