Traveling outside of North America to many countries of the world these days can be an enjoyable, fascinating and educational experience. Many destinations are becoming westernized, places in which we find our similarities bringing us a common ground, though one where a pleasing diversity remains. Adjusting to some of these differences means staying alert and having a keen eye. In the city of Bucharest in Southern Romania such differences can be seen on the city streets when visiting. The city does not hold all the same rules and protocols that we take for granted in our western way of life.
In North America it is now commonplace in most cities to have strict smoking regulations in public places. Restaurants are on the top of the list for establishments with such rules as well as movie theatres, shopping malls and Government buildings. Bucharest has recently adapted such regulations and therefore the average North American would find it more tolerable than in years past however many citizens choose to ignore the rules regarding smoking and continue to smoke in public, despite the regulations.
The streets of historic Bucharest are very busy with cars and people going to and fro, as one would expect of any large city. Keeping alert of where you are and who is around in unfamiliar surroundings, is paramount. It is encouraged to be aware of pickpockets and handbag snatchers, as these offenses are common. Pickpockets are known to be, for the most part, children often working with groups of others. It is therefore advisable when staying in a Bucharest hotel to keep valuables in a safe security box. Larger Bucharest hotels such as the Ramada Majestic Bucharest Hotel and the Athenee Palace Hilton may give the Western traveler a taste of home they prefer than to a full immersion of Eastern European life.
Overall the city of Bucharest is a safe place to travel. Keeping your wits about you as you would in any large city and being aware of the scams will keep you ahead being a victim of petty crime. If you do find your self in need of assistance remember the number for emergency services is 112, not 911.