"That's the way it is" goes Romanian adage "Asta e!". It seems directly and indirectly ubiquitous around the city and mentally in it's inhabitants. Indirectly, starting with the cables going everywhere in massive amounts through to the way people drive not caring much about others (whether pedestrians or drivers) to people sitting on the streets on their chairs and just looking here and there not doing much. "Asta e!" refers to the acceptance of what is in a rather passive, non-agressive way. It is not related to the chill and humour of Australians, nor to British stoicism. It's something different and it has it's story..