Happy to introduce Dana to you all. A stellar guide and amazing member of our team of passionate Bucharestians. She is friendly, knowledgeable, a great story teller and to top it all off she has and amazing way of creating beautiful memories for our guests during the experiences she leads. If what you are looking for is a deep understanding of the city and also to make a great friend while you are here, then Dana is the perfect fit for you.
What is like to be a native Bucharestian?
Growing up in Bucharest, I’ve become so used to the hustle and bustle of the city that I couldn’t live without it. Like in any other metropolis, the pace of the city can be dizzying at times, but the endless possibilities make up for it. What I love most about it is that it’s a cultural hub and a melting pot of people coming from different parts of the country.
How did you end up becoming a tour guide?
I’ve always been fascinated by this city of endless surprises, and I’ve always loved exploring and making sense of it. While doing that, I’ve grown to love Bucharest all the more and wanted to share a local’s perspective and personal insights with others. It’s a city that requires a bit of explaining, as it’s so easily misunderstood.
What about Bucharest makes you proud?
Call Bucharest what you will, but one thing cannot be denied: it’s got plenty of character.
It’s the sort of city where you keep discovering new hidden gems with every exploration. When you think you’ve seen all of it, it continues to surprise you.
What’s your favorite spot in Bucharest?
Radu Vodă Monastery, one of the oldest buildings in the city, and the site of the oldest known settlement on the territory of Romania. It’s a time capsule that has survived hundreds of years of vicissitudes, and a beautiful spot located on one of the city’s few, but picturesque hills.
What’s your favorite thing to eat and drink in Bucharest?
Traditional pastries from “Scovergaria Micai” and local craft cascara lemonade.
What’s one thing people need to know about Bucharest before they visit?
That they are in for a surprise (a pleasant one)!