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Practicalities of living

A discussion on all things related to where to live in Bucharest and Brasov, Romania, how to get around by transport, where to go out, whats on and so forth.

Music for your garden/ terrace anyone?

Do you fancy jazzing up your garden, terrace or patio? We have teamed up with a local craftsman who produces musical plant pots of...

How to win at: Life

If you have moved to Romania (or indeed anywhere) & are feeling a little confused about your future, where to retire to, not sure...
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Renting costs in Bucharest – by area, updated Oct 2018

Please like and share this article (foreword: The following guide is a work in progress and covers the areas of central & northern Bucharest mainly,...

Best banks in Romania

According to a poll made on multiple facebook groups for ex pats & re pats, these are the banks in order of preference (if...

New to Bucharest & looking for a social network?

It can be a daunting place on first impressions, but you will be pleased to know, Romania is a very safe country in the...

Learn Romanian – a quick language guide

The following text is taken from the excellent BrasovTravelGuide.ro website. Travel Dictionary English – Romanian Good morning ! = Buna dimineata ! Good evening ! = Buna seara ! Good afternoon ! = Buna ziua...

Looking for some sporty or lifestyle activities in Bucharest?

Having recently just joined Fitpass, a subscription that costs as little as 20 euros per month for twice weekly gym access, I thought it...

Bucharest Metro Map & the stops for each line

M1 Metro Line (Yellow): Republica, Costin Georgian, Titan, Nicolae Grigorescu 1, Dristor 1, Mihai Bravu, Timpuri Noi, Piața Unirii 1, Izvor, Eroilor, Grozavesti, Petrache Poenaru,...

Paying too much rent? try our Rent-Right Service to re-negotiate the best deal

Many people suffer from, or feel they are suffering from paying too much rent. But there is a simple method to check. In Romania,...

Buying a noisy new apartment in Romania?

if you are thinking of buying a new apartment in Romania, read on. There are many things to consider that are well documented & easy...

How to survive a shared house…

There are many benefits to house or flat sharing. Not least of which is the massive savings it brings. As much as 50% of...

Six Reasons To Use A Real Estate Agency

With the rise of online tools to help you search to buy, rent or sell your property/ workspace, you might think a real estate...

Rent versus buy? a waste of money or not?

The age old question of renting versus buying is one I have wanted to address to help people decide, for quite a while. After...

Dealing with nightmare neighbours – how should you deal with them?

Do you have experience of noisy neighbours? can't sleep due to late night footsteps from the flat above yours? working on their car at...

First registration or import tax (vehicle emissions tax) in Romania

The tax, which is now called an environmental stamp tax is lower in recent years than it has been just a few years ago,...

6 very good reasons to move house!

Why I think you should move at least one time after you moved to Romania. Personally I have moved 5 times since coming to...

Work life balance in Romania

According to Eurostat data, Romanian employees work an average of 41 hours per week, which is slightly greater than the European average of 40.4...

Earthquake Action Plan – before, during & after the event

The key to surviving an earthquake, should you be unfortunate enough to experience one, is to some very basic rules & procedures. During everyday...

Earthquake preparedness tool kit

Heaven forbid the day should ever come but around the world, earthquakes appear very frequently, as the diagram below demonstrates.  When that happens, don’t...

Is Bucharest ready to rumble?

Bucharest is vulnerable to a powerful earthquake, warn the authorities, who say that an earthquake of the magnitude of that seen on the 4th...