Strike at the Subway

We’ve just lost our main transportation for a indefinite period. It really sucks since we have monthly subway passes and now we can’t use them (even if we paid for them).

As bad as that sound, it is fun to ride the bus in the morning, but only when it’s not crowded. Today, we were lucky cause we even had seats, but we were at work a half an hour earlier (because we left earlier so we wouldn’t catch the morning crowd). At least we had time to make coffee, read the newspapers and online websites without having to worry about slacking. Even so, it sucks changing your route to work, especially during winter time.

We can’t do anything about this strike and I think that the people that work at the subway are being unfair. They have the highest salaries in town and they still aren’t happy about it. Metrorex is one of the most profitable “business” in Bucharest and maybe even in Romania. They make a lot of money (and profit) since a lot of people depend on the subway to get on time to work.

The worst part, if they don’t get the raise they are asking for they intend on raising the prices for subway passes and that sucks. The subway is the fastest and cheapest way to get around in Bucharest. I would hate to have to go to work on a bicycle during winter time. And I don’t even have a bicycle.

Hope things get back to normal soon!

High heels

It’s Monday, and it sucks.

Not only is it raining but today, at the subway, an idiot in high heels almost killed me. Seriously, she almost fell over me on the stairs cause she tripped or slipped or whatever she did. It really pissed me off. Couldn’t she just fall like any other normal person and not take anyone else down with her. I didn’t even looked at her. It was my bad luck to be in front of her at that time. 


I sure am lucky that she didn’t ripped my clothes off.

Oh well, just two more weeks of work then two weeks off from work. Just a little bit more patience and less people that fall down and I’m free. And just so you know,  no I didn’t even tried to help her. In fact I should’ve been saved from her not the other way around.

The subway

Today is a big day for us all. Well, at least for the people in Bucharest that use public transportation.

We’ve been waiting this moment since 1989. I’m proud to say that they opened the new subway stations, 4 to be more precise. I know that it doesn’t sound like much, but they actually finished them, after 19 years. They were saying that the new stations would be finished by 2004 (I’ve found an online article about it, sadly it’s in Romanian), guess what were in 2008, what a shocker:

Well, since they opened it, we decided to try it and see what took them so long to finish them (besides not having money). So this morning, we woke up earlier and we went for it. People, pay attention, cause we’re making history here, cause we went on the first day, at the first hours of the morning (the sun wasn’t up).

I sincerely liked the fact that they actually used colors, green, yellow and orange. That’s an improvement, cause all the other stations are all grey and very depressing. But, there weren’t many people taking the subway at 6 in the morning, and like me and Johnny, most of them were curious about it.

The downside is that they used old trains, but if they aren’t broken why not use them. Plus I like the graffiti on them, it gives a nice touch.

And this is where the subway takes you:

Right outside Bucharest. In the first picture it says “Goodbye, have a nice trip” (with just two words). So there you have it, the new subway stations brought to you by yours truly.

I know that our public transportation doesn’t compare with the ones from Russia or even Japan, but I would rather have a nice quiet ride to work then to be pushed in the subway, or to forget where I am supposed to be going because I would feel like in a museum.

If you’re interested here’s a link to a website that presents the best subways in the world

http://www.wired.com/culture/design/multimedia/2008/06/gallery_trains