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out of the engine pit and shook my hand. "Good luck, Amerikanets," he said. The new Friendship Bridge, completed in 1954, vaults the river from Ruse, Bulgaria, to Giurgiu, Rumania. Here we left the Bulgarian side of the Danube. Dan Dimancescu, whose parents left Ru mania early in World War II, took off at Giurgiu for the short side trip to Bucharest, the capital city, 40 miles north of the Danube. Later Dan rejoined us, reporting that Bucha rest was experiencing an upsurge of pride and self-sufficiency. "But housing can't keep up with the birth rate, plus the people moving in from the country," Dan told us. Clinging now to the Rumanian side of the Danube, we found the river vast and lake like, swept by the mighty northeast wind. The sky and shore seemed alive with water fowl-herons, spoonbills, cormorants, and graylag geese. UUAHRUMLb SBY IHICHANDS. DURRANCEU) NATIONAL GEOGRAPHICSOCIETY Phalanx of apartment buildings edges Tonola Park in Bucharest. Rumania's State Circus, one of the city's most popular entertainments, performs nightly under the con crete-scalloped dome at right. Like other Eastern European capitals, Bucharest suffered extensive damage from air raids in World War II. Modern buildings such as these rise beside the many lake-studded parks for which the city is famous.