Romania - Iasi Essay

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Romania - Iasi

When people think of Iasi, they think of strong and diverse higher education system,
powerful research and development, and of a vast poll of cultural and architectural
treasures. These make the city the recognized spiritual capital of Romania. But Iasi is
more than universities and spiritual treasures. Iasi does not only belong to its
inhabitants. It has the rare and hardly acquired privilege of being everyone's. It is not
only the metaphysical city of tolls, hills and monuments but also the town with the
highest density of poets and museums in South-Eastern Europe. Former capital of Moldavia,
it is a city which has a real vocation for history.

Located in the north eastern part of Romania, the cultural center of the country, emanates
a cultural vibe all over the surrounding region. It is one of the cleanest cities in
Eastern Europe and it could be compared to cities such as Zurich or Vienna. It also served
as capital of Moldova for about 400 years and capital of Romania in the Second World War.
Holding a record for the longest tram line on abrupt hills, Iasi has the reputation of a
San Francisco of Europe. It also holds about seven monasteries and churches built during
the 15th and 16th century. Iasi is the host of the first university constructed in the
country. It is also the place where the national opera is located. The palace of culture,
king building of the city, almost identical to the in Ottawa, shows the importance of the
city in the area.

In total contrast to the cultural architecture are the newly build high tech office
buildings, which dominate some parts of the city. The World Trade Centre is proof of
international business taking place. It is also an industrial centre, here being
manufactured the cheapest drugs in Europe. All the cabs are yellow, giving a busy crowded
look to the city. Brand new stylish cars and people walking dressed up in business suits
around the city show that Iasi is a city of financial opportunity.

The city is populated during both the day and the night. Some of the places specializing
in Romanian cuisine sometimes put on good traditional folk groups and singers. There are a
number of festivals occurring each year including the beer, the food, and the cultural
festivals. Around the train station and other areas, prostitution is flowering, and also,
drunks and bums can be seen roaming the streets. Beggars could be seen at almost every
entrance of a bank, or currency exchange office, or food stores and other places, begging
for money and asking for food. Stray dogs and cats are in high numbers and most feed among
the garbage disposed around garbage dumpsters. Also, hearing the harmless sweet sound of a
gypsy violin is commonly found among crowded areas. Around the apartments kids can be seen
playing soccer, the most popular game or other different soccer-like type of games. With
all these going on the city has the animation of a small China-town.

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