When all of us think of Bucharest we probably conjure the image of a crowded city with shabby buildings and monotonous streets. Actually, this is not exactly the case, and one of the ways through which you can assure yourself that Bucharest it’s a city that can offer you stunning urban landscapes, chic streets, and buildings with an interesting architecture is the CityHunt experience.
The CityHunt concept proposes to rediscover Bucharest from a different perspective, a pleasant, engaging and mysterious one. Similar to the escape room idea, just outdoors in the city, CityHunt is a team game where the main activities consist of finding various photo clues, solving funny tasks or riddles about important figures in the culture or history of Romania.
The game currently has seven treasure hunting areasso at each event the map changes by rotation. The zones where you can discover the city in a different light are Romană-Universitate, the Old Center, Calea Victoriei and Dorobanți-Aviatorilor, Cotroceni, Oborand Herăstrău.
One of the most unusual CityHunt experiences took place in the Old Center area on a day when the clouds gathered in the sky and a rain shower began falling intensely. Although they had wet clothes, all the teams stayed in the contest, enjoying a childhood sensation: playing in the rain.
Along with the team,I was part of, I got a map of the key points on the route where we were going to find clues, I solved the thinking puzzle in order to go into the race, and then I enjoyed the hot summer rain and the cool individuals I teamed up with. One by one we analyzed the clues on the map and we discovered the goals, we solved unusual and fun challenges, and during the game,we also had a check-point where we had to accomplish a team challenge.
I found it super cool that CityHunt does not just propose tracking a map of clues, but also activities that involve socializing in a pleasant and fun way with the people around. In order to obtain other bonus points, we were constrained to ask for help from passers-by on the street to perform different tasks, such as taking a picture with strangers who have a moustache, bringing a boiled egg to finish or organizing a football game with foreigners. And because it rained outside, it made this experience worthier to remember, because you don’t always have the opportunity to recall the carefree childhood when you played with your friends in the street even when the rain started. I can say that the rain was a motivating factor to finish and win the race because the adrenaline increasesand the sensation is one of pure freedom and escape from everyday stress. It’s a feeling that’s better experienced than described.
And let’s not forget, all the fun it concludes also with fun. At the end of the contest, all participants stay at a beer or a soft drink, many pictures are taken, and the organizers offer awards to the team that have gathered the most points.
Having a duration of 3-4 hours and being designed so that you can navigate the route of the contest map on foot, CityHunt helps you to learn and look at the city with a fresh pair of eyes, whether it’s sunny or it rains, to relax on an afternoon doing a little exercise and meeting new people with whom, why not, you can remain friends.