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Bucharest Walking Tour: Explore the Hidden Side of the City

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  • Discover the vibrant streets of Bucharest through the eyes of those who know them best--the people who live on them, while supporting an employment program for homeless, formerly homeless, and vulnerably housed locals..Visit historic Bucharest landmarks such as the National Theatre, the Russian Church, the National Bank of Romania, University Square, and Old Town..Learn about the city's rich history and gain insight into the daily lives and culture of the people who live there.
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This Bucharest tour is like no other, as it gives visitors the chance to discover city streets alongside those who live on them. Join a formerly homeless local on this tour of Bucharest's main sites and explore the cobbled streets of the Old Town. Along the way, learn about the challenges that come with street life in Bucharest.Your Bucharest tour will start in front of the National Theatre, a historic space that opened in 1852 and has hosted famous plays such as Macbeth, The Dinner Game, and All My Sons. But it's also in this area where many homeless children have lived for the last 25 years, sleeping on park benches, underground in the sewers, or in the stations of the metro. Your guide will share local stories of these people as you walk you through the neighborhood. Next, see the University Passage and visit the Russian Church and National Bank of Romania. You'll also view University Square, which, in the 15th century, was the northern limit of the city and, in the 1990s, a site of student protest against the Romanian government. Later, explore Old Town, a place filled with legends and history, and discover some of the city's modern secrets--like where illegal parties are thrown in squatted buildings and how those living on the streets get food from nearby restaurants for free.After crossing Old Town and stopping for a refreshing coffee break (your own expense), visitors will then move toward Unirii Square, where you'll learn more historic tales, like the story of the private subway line that Ceaușescu wanted to build in case he needed to escape the wrath of the people. Your final stop will be at the Parada Foundation headquarters, the organization behind this Outcast Bucharest tour.It is important to note that this is not 'Poverty Tourism' (superficially looking at poor areas and people), but rather a joint initiative with the homeless themselves. Take Sergiu, for example. He is a great success story and one of the guides. With the help of the Parada Foundation, he gave up drug use, found a temporary merchandiser job, and is now finishing high school. He is well traveled, fluent in English and Spanish, tons of fun to be around, and a true connoisseur of the streets and their secrets. Sergiu underwent a guide training program and now leads tours of Bucharest's historical and cultural quirks in an unusual and entertaining way. Issues of homelessness are also covered, and Sergiu shares his experiences with those he leads.
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