Thought Berceni is a homogenous and "Romanian" place? Pretty wrong. It is highly diverse. With this cache I'd like to point out the diversity of Bucuresti (not only in the city center). There are plenty of foreign influences being part of our daily life. So is this place.
The cache is placed in front of the children hospital Maria Salomea Skłodowska. Probably most of you don't know who she was. She's more prominent under the name Marie Curie.
Maria Salomea Skłodowska is famous for her revolutionary work on radioactivity. Not only once, but twice she won the Nobel Prize (in physics and chemistry). Moreover, she faced plenty of obstacles as she was a woman. Therefore, she also became a role model for later generations of women.
Born in Poland in 1867 she aimed to start an academic career and to go to university. As it was very hard for women back then to study, she had to move in order to start university. In Paris, she began to study physics, with huge success as one of the best students. There, she also met her husband, Pierre Curie.
For her PhD she researched on radiation. During her researches she discovers Polonium and Radium. As she was a pioneer in her area, she also named her discovery "radiation".
For her achievements, she receives (together with her husband) in 1903 the Nobel Prize for physics. Later, in 1911, she also got the Nobel Prize for chemistry.
During World War I she constructed mobile radiological centers, improving by X-ray the medical treatment of soldiers. Also later she continued to be engaged in the medical sector by researching on the use of radium for medicine. For instance, she founded an ambulance fighting against cancer.
Tragically consequent as she spent most of her life with radiation she died because of her exposure to Radium. Nowadays, due to Curie's achievements we are able to heal many illnesses. Her breakthrough elevated the medical treatment. Inevitably, a lot of places were named after her. So this one. Hope you enjoy searching the cache :)
Sometimes it can be very crowded. So please take care and avoid that muggles discover the cache. Thanks!
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bench nearest the bus station, middle