Hundreds of pensioners crowd three days a week, as early as 4 am, to get free bread from the Pensionersâ âOmeniaâ Mutual Help House in the Rahova district, Bucharest, reminiscence of the communist-era endless queues. Here, every week, a strange type of party also occurs. Beyond the sad looks, those several hundreds pensioners that stand in line crack a joke and chat. The dark doesnât bother the pensioners standing in line for bread. âIn winter itâs the hardestâ, says Elena Balan (67), whose late husband was a policeman during the communist regime.