I was driving this morning around the center of the city, through some horrible traffic. Considering it’s Monday morning, this is normally a recipe for frustration, headaches, and an overall bad day. Oddly enough, a weird sense of optimism came over me, as Cluj has again been invaded by throngs of college students.
Today is the first day of the new University year. Within a week, the city’s population increased by more than 50,000 students. Considering the regular population of the city is about 350,000 people, and you’ll understand what a huge impact this makes on Cluj.
The students bring about a feel of excitement; they make the city vibrate. It’s quite amazing to see packs of students running to their classrooms all over th city, some confused (freshmen), some bored, some already hungover, but everyone is going somewhere. They fill the cafes, the bars, the clubs and they turn this city into a fast paced living organism.