The Bucharest folks took us to a slightly insane restaurant. Looked very traditional. Like you imagine Bucharest in the 30s. And the food seemed equally traditional. Lots of pickled vegetables and all kinds of delicious meaty things. Many of them flaming.
The insane bit was the entertainment. Violin. Light opera ('I could have danced all night'.) Ballroom dancing. A little jazz. Rounded off with spirited renditions of Tom Jones and Elvis buy a bloke who looked like Detective Andy Sipowicz from NYPD Blue. Many of the locals seemed to condem the entertainers because they were 'gypsies'. They way people talked about gypsies seemed to be bordering on racist to me, but we were only there two days, maybe we were missing something.
This the area around the restaurant. Apparantly it used to be a bad neighbourhood.
The people listening to us drone on and on. I think we did OK, but we probably went on too long. Should have finished earlier. Lesson for next time. They were a great audience. Real pleasure to talk to. Hope they got something out of it. I'm going to post a copy of the presentation next week if anyone should want it.
Part of the offices of headvertising. Our hosts. A very cool Romanian agency. (The only cool Romanian agency? Probably not. See comment below). They were very nice, very friendly, very smart and had some great work.