"Kabul is an island, really. Some say it's progressive, and that may be true. It's true enough, I suppose, but it's also out of touch with the rest of the country".
(quote from novel "And the mountains echoed" by Khaled Hosseini, published by Riverhead Books, 2013, ISBN 978-1-59463-176-4)
Replace "Kabul" with "Bucharest" and "country" with "countryside" or "surroundings". Now you get the meaning of this tragedy of Bucharest in far better words than I could have ever uttered.