Sunday, 7 August 2011

Day 12 in Romania: visiting museums in Timisoara

Day 11 in Romania

We decided to go to the Revolutionary Museum. Supposedly the Revolution started in Timisoara with a priest called Laslo, but I've also heard it started in Iasi. I'm sure every city claims they had something to do with it.

It was a private musuem run by a man who had been shot in the leg during the Revolution. It was small, but had some good photos, drawings by children who had seen the Revolution and some videos. They also had typical museum things, such as flags, medals, and military outfits.

We went back to the hostel and talked about the museum and were told that after the Revolution many people claimed to have been injured in order to get money from the government, so you can never tell if someone had been really injured or not.

The Revolution started on December 16 1989 and lasted until the 21st of December. Ceausescu and his wife were put to death by a firing squad on Christmas Day. Although many people agreed that he should die, they also agree that the trial was unfair and only lasted a couple hours. In 1989 communism was falling all over Europe and people wanted it to happen in Romania as well, but they wanted a good income, like Germany, not like Tiananmen in China.

I went to a small flea market in Union Square and bought a yellow bracelet. The art museum was also there, so I decided to go in. My favourite part was the Baroque Room which took 30 years to complete. It was blue and purple. The walls looked like they had wallpaper, but it was really a painting. It must have taken a lot of patience to do it. They have information in English and women sitting in many of the rooms, who tried to talk to me, but I really didn't understand.

Timisoara is famous for other things besides the Revolution. They were the first city in Europe to use electric street lights and the second in the world after New York. They also had the first horse drawn trolleys. Their buses are nice as well. The bus stops have seats, timetables, route, and information about when the next bus is. Bucharest doesn't have any of that. It's a lot cleaner than Bucharest, but you can still find posters and graffiti on building walls. People also smoke a lot here. Cigarettes aren't that cheap either, about 2 euro.

I leave tonight to go back to Bucharest and promised to keep in touch with Raul and Claudia from the hostel. Maybe someday we'll end up back in Timisoara. If I had a choice, I'd like to open a business and Timisoara and Iasi are the two cities I'm looking at.

Be sure to read about what has happened so far. You can find everything in the quick summary of dates.

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