One day in Bucharest.

Hello readers!

Today I´m writing about my first day in Romania after almost seven years later I visisted the country. I want to focuse specially in one building, Casa Poporului, also called Palatul parlamentului.

    I arrived on 09/02/2012 to Bucharest Baneasa Airport. It was 06:30          and my sister, who is living in Câmpina, was waiting for me there. It was      hard for her because she had to get up at 04:30. She also was angry              because the taxi driver who had driven to the airport asked her for                more money than it really was. After whe took a bus from Baneasa                airport to the Train Station. All the streets were totally snowed and the      temperature was – 25 º C. I don´t remember a weather so                                  cold, even when I was in Siberia in march 2008. We went to a coffee            shop close to the Underground and spoke a lot of time. I noticed that          there were graffittis on the walls (some people against the actual                    government) and that there were a lot of abandoned dogs in the streets.
                                                     A dog in a Bucharest street.
 That morning we visited Casa Poporului, the second biggest govermental building in all the world. The first is the Pentagon in Washington DC, USA.  According to the Guinness Book of Records, is the largest administrative building, expensive and heavy world.1 It covers a total area of 340,000 m². The original name was People’s House (Casa Poporului), as it was designed and constructed during the Ceauşescu regime. The building was renamed by the state after the fall of the socialist government. However, many Romanians still call Casa Poporului.
Its construction began in 1985 at the behest of President Nicolae Ceausescu,under the direction of the chief architect Anca Petrescu. It took the demolition ofseveral neighborhoods in the upper part of the city with a total of: 12 churches, 2 synagogues, 3 monasteries and more than 7,000 homes.
The building is composed of twelve plants in area, eight underground, only fourfinished, 315,000 m² of land, of which more than 250,000 excess of 84 meters high and 25 meters deep. More than 20,000 people worked in shifts 24 hours aday, thousands of engineers and architects. To decorate were used wood (walnut, cherry, elm, oak), marble, carpets of 5 cmthick, brass lamps, aluminum and glass with hundreds of lamps, chandeliersalmost 2 meters high, 5-ton doors weight, etc. The palace consists of about 40 rooms, designed for banquets and receptions, offices, rooms, etc.. The President would have intervened directly in the works,along with the team of engineers.
                                                   Casa Poporului in Bucharest.
It was -25 º C outside.  
                                                   
                                       Old city. Building in a french style.
 After our visit to Casa Poporului/Palatul Parlamentului, we visited the old city, full of buildings in a french style, and we also ate hummus and salad in a lebanese restaurant. I remember that I was hungry. My sister bought a typical blue hat and after that we went to the train station and took the train.  We were listening a song called Kibori (Mahala Rai Banda). Mahala Rai Banda is a gypsy band based in Bucharest. The song is this:
Dikta mamo kibori
Kibori dal kibori
Taveleske bakhtali
Devla Bakhtali

Joj, dade, so kerav, dade, so kerav
Palavla te me merav, devla me merav
Joj, dade, so kerav, dade, so kerav
Palavla te me merav, devla me merav

Dema, Mamo, but love
But love dal but love
Kenaj chavo lakeren,
Devla lakeren

Joj, dade, so kerav, dade, so kerav
Palavla te me merav, devla me merav
Joj, dade, so kerav, dade, so kerav
Palavla te me merav, devla me merav

Siman romni prashukar
Prashukar dal prashukar
Sarij lulu gadajbar
Lulu gadajbar

Joj, dade, so kerav, dade, so kerav
Palavla te me merav, devla me merav
Joj, dade, so kerav, dade, so kerav
Palavla te me merav, devla me merav

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