The small Romanian city of Bacau sits on the river Bistriţa in the historic Moldavia region, in the foothills of the beautiful Carpathian Mountains. Not far away is Transylvania, as are the borders of both Ukraine and Moldova. It is a city with a vibrant culture, and expats living in Bacau will discover a healthy local literary and artistic scene. In fact, Bacau has a proud literary history, being known locally as Bacovia's City after the important poet George Bacovia, who was born there. The G. Bacovia Dramatic Theater is likewise named in Bacovia's honor. Expats in Bacau can also enjoy exploring some beautiful architecture, including the 1491 Precista Church and the modern Ascension Church, which is a cathedral in all but name and currently still under construction. Life in the small city has other highlights: the Festival of Moldavian Winter Traditions takes place here each year, there's an International Painting Camp nearby, and for expatriates with truly global minds, the Victor Eftimiu Astronomical Observatory.
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Expats usually find moving to Bacau to be a straightforward and enjoyable transition. The culture is relatively easy going, as you would expect from a city of its size, and the climate is warm and mild. The food is a fascinating fusion of a largely Turkish cuisine left by the Ottomans, whose Empire extended to Romania for many years, and a variety of dishes from surrounding countries as well. If it's your first time in Europe, InterNations also offer plenty of useful hints and tips for the region which should get any expat off to a strong start. When you're settling in, it's often very useful to read content from other expats who have made similar transitions and know the ropes. Then again, you may prefer to peruse our Expat Magazine which has plenty of articles on everything expatriation related from expat finance and insurance to living abroad and repatriation – and then get out there to explore the city yourself.
With its small size and gentle climate, Bacau is an ideal place to work for anyone who likes a backdrop of calm. Both the city's lively culture and the broader Romanian culture are a pleasure to explore. The Expat Magazine offers plenty of travel and relocation tips to help expatriates get the most from their new environs. When you're not working in Bacau, you might like to get in touch with other expats yourself. The InterNations discussion groups and forums are a great way to get in touch and potentially arrange meet-ups or social events along with other expats. You can also use private communications to get information, pick up tips and get the latest on Bacau's international community. Whether you're an explorer or a socialite, though, it shouldn't be long before you've made yourself completely at home.