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In Oradea, a lot of shops are up a small flight of steps. During my first visit here I recall being very surprised by this; it isn’t very often that you see a shop with its own entrance steps in the UK. I’m not sure about other Romanian cities…but Oradea is absolutely brimming with shops like this. What really caught my eye regarding these steps was the fact that most retailers use this extra space to showcase their goods. It is a good idea to attract potential buyers, but in a country where theft is a primary concern to shop owners, it seems quite a daring advertising tactic. Concerns aside though, it does add a lot of colour and diversity to your average stroll down the high street.

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Here it’s a necessity for all taxi drivers to display their credentials, photo and name on the passenger side of the car. You sometimes see this in the UK – but more often than not, you can’t usually see this information so easily. I think it’s a good idea and can give the passenger some peace of mind to know that they know the driver’s details incase anything bad should happen. 

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English roads are full of double yellow lines. They signify areas that you cannot wait or park your car on. These lines are a very frequent sight and can sometimes make finding a parking space a difficult task.

Here in Romania, double yellow lines don’t exist. Occasionally you see a standing sign to state that you can’t park in a particular place – but there are no painted signs on the floor. Parking seems to be quite a relaxed issue – but as a non driver, I could have a misinformed view of it. However, on first impressions parking rules seem much more relaxed when compared with the UK. People tend to park in all kinds of places, and anywhere they can (which here, is everywhere!).

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It’s not uncommon to find the bottom half of tree trunks painted white here. All over the city, most trees along streets and roads have this done – it is done primarily to deter insects from climbing up the trees. Although it must be beneficial for the trees and the nearby apartment buildings, it is not a particularly aesthetically pleasing way to repel insects. Trees in parks and woods are left alone and are not painted.

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