Bucharest, Romania
Michael, 25
Freelance Digital Strategist
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a bit about Michael

What do you do and why do you do it?

I left my job a few months ago in advertising and started a digital agency with my partner, Andrew. It was a small agency (15 people) and although at first I’ve enjoyed being there, I soon peaked and the projects seemed boring. There was a salary ceiling, that was also a big no-no and I realized I value freedom of time and space. Now, as I have a few clients myself, I want to be able to work from wherever, so I can enjoy some extended travelling. I’m in love with marketing because I enjoy telling stories, it’s a common occurrence to be so excited to talk about a subject that I repeatedly tell the same story to the same person.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

My first job was kinda bad. I worked in web development, at a firm that my godfather’s son owned. Of course, as you may suspect, business and family don’t mix too well, I was hating the whole time being there.

Were you born and raised in Bucharest? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Bucharest?

Nope, I was born in a city of some 5,000 people about 100 km from Bucharest. I came here when I started college.

What’s your current hood in Bucharest and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I’m currently living in Rahova. Not the most glamorous hood to be living in, kinda sad and grey in the rainy days. The best thing about living here is the fact that I’m sharing the apartment with my best friend from high school, with whom I shared a desk four years. Also, the fact that I reach the Old City in 15-20 minutes is a big plus.

You’re broken hearted – what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Ha. Easy peasy. It’s the album “Songs to break up to” by Ta-ku. The disclaimer would be that the same songs can be used for times when the things are passionate and wild, so I’d suggest a big of caution with this one.

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Rick and Morty. The dark humor and the deep ideas behind the stupid lines make up a twisted roller coaster of both fun and a mind-fuck.

Name some spots in Bucharest that are good for a Tinder date.

Alt Shift for food, Fire Club for some rock music and the city center boulevards if you’re confident you don’t need anything else but your own personality to charm someone.

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”?

Drake. I liked how he rolled with the memes about his ‘Hotline Bling’ video.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Oh stop it, you. I got the coolest shopping center about 10 minutes of walking from my house. 50+ stores, for most of your needs and budgets.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Probably the hood called Ferentari. It’s not that far from my own. Kinda shady and clearly not a place to get lost in. Lots of bad words could be said, but ‘Just stay away’ it’s enough.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Just walking the boulevards around the University Square and Roman Square. I remember numerous nights where I walked 4-5 miles aimlessly around the streets, just looking at the architecture, listening to music in my earphones and just being. I like to call it my way of meditating. Lately I got busier and haven’t made time for it. Guess I know what I have to do.

Where do you go in Bucharest for a casual night out?

Oktoberfest or Pub 21. The first one is a beer pub with rock music and the second is a pub in the students’ area of the city, with great pizza and lots of noise. I’m a sucker for loud places with lots of seats.

What’s your choice of transportation in Bucharest and why?

The public transportation + Uber. I couldn’t get bothered to get a driver’s license and the traffic is too hectic at peak hours. I’d rather walk a traffic jam than wait another hour to get where I want. But sometimes, I have to be somewhere at a certain hour, so calling an Uber is my go-to.

What are the Bucharest spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

The pubs in the Old city, The People’s House, The Cismigiu Gardens, The Antipa Museum, Origo Caffe, Energieea Pub.

What are the Bucharest spots tourists should run from screaming?

Well, I’d say avoid the south side of the city. Don’t go in the suburbs, because it’s not like you’re missing something cool.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Bucharest. How do you spend it?

I’m spending a late morning with my SO. Lunch and part of the afternoon with my more serious friends, enjoying the conversation. Drinking and banter till the mornings with my crazier friends in a pub.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

I’ve recently enjoyed a vacation in a smaller city in Romania called Sibiu. Charming, not so noisy, the apartment where we stayed was gorgeous, the locals were quite talkative.

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