We haven't posted for a couple of days because, well, we just haven't gotten around to it. Thursday and Friday were busy days because my deputy at work was out of the office -- her son is quite ill -- so I had to get into the office early and stay late. That meant more time alone with the kids for Claudia. So by Friday night we weren't either of us feeling like posting. Saturday we decided to take it easy. So we got a babysitter for the kids, and we went to the Hilton, and we paid 11 Euros each. And we did the treadmill (me) and the steam bath (Claudia), and the swimming pool, and the hot tub, and the sauna, and all that stuff. And then we sat down and had a salad and read _Suddeutsche Zeitung_ and _The Economist_ like two civilized human beings. Ahhh. Then today, Sunday, I had to go into the office for a few hours. Claudia did some shopping for a new phone (don't ask) and then studied for her Romanian class tomorrow. And, well, that was the weekend. Zip, zoom, where did it go. A note on downtown Bucharest: the merchants, at least in the ~200 meters of Callea Victoria north of the Hilton, are still a bit unclear on the concept of "retail strip". That is, at 2:30 on a Saturday afternoon, about one third of them were open and the rest were closed. Guys: the idea is, you all coordinate your opening hours. Some more parking and a place to grab a snack would also help. This is another corner of Bucharest that has me muttereing to myself about "so much potential" and "if they'd only just".