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Old February 4th, 2008, 11:40 PM   #301
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And what about the Croatian - Bosnian border? (Plitvice - Bihac for instance), it seems fun to me just to be in that country for a couple of kilometers.
that's border crossing Izačić. i haven't heard about crowds there. mostly northern HR/BIH border crossings can be crowded.

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Yeah, but back then, the Slovenian - Croatian border wasn't a schengen border
there were problems when Slovenia joined EU, some 2 weeks of addoptation were neccessary and there were crowds. after that - no problems. Slovenians prepared themselves for Schengen as soon as they joined EU so no any changes.

in summer avoid border crossings at fridays, saturdays and sundays because you could wait 3 hours. but during the week, there shouldn't be problems.
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Old February 24th, 2008, 09:12 PM   #302
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Porajów - Hrádek nad Nisou PL/CZ

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Old February 25th, 2008, 03:18 PM   #303
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Yes, very beautiful. The Tatra's are high on my "TO-DO list".
You should definately do that. I heard that you were going to make a trip to Poland/Czech Republic/Slovakia, so you should definately do that.

Anyway, here's my (small) collection of border crossings. These ones are from a vacation in Poland and Slovakia last summer:
A15/A18 border at Olszyna:
[IMG]http://i12.************/6xs1l4h.jpg[/IMG]
Border of Cieszyn - Cesky Tesin
[IMG]http://i3.************/6x5vhvm.jpg[/IMG]
Over here the border of Czech Republic - Slovakia near Mosty u Jablunkova. Notice that it's a double border, and they use one for the direction of the Czech Republic:
[IMG]http://i16.************/6ue5esz.jpg[/IMG]
And the other one in the direction of Slovakia
[IMG]http://i5.************/8fcw0ls.jpg[/IMG]
On our way back, the Lysa Polana border, small border station:
[IMG]http://i4.************/80uxdfn.jpg[/IMG]
And finally the A4/A4 border near the metropolis of Jedrzychowice:
[IMG]http://i8.************/832u1pv.jpg[/IMG]

And here, on a rainy afternoon, when I returned from Prague with my class (after a 4-day visit in October 2007), the border between the Czech Republic and Germany (D8/A17, if I'm right):
[IMG]http://i28.************/n63rtl.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i31.************/fubed2.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i25.************/25g77ur.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i27.************/3503r6p.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i32.************/2mng9ao.jpg[/IMG]
Hope you enjoy it!
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the metropolis of Jedrzychowice
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Old February 25th, 2008, 03:38 PM   #305
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Yeah, I don't think this is normal:
[IMG]http://i7.************/72ieat0.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i19.************/855v7fa.jpg[/IMG]
Why Jedrzychowice and Zgorzelec on the same sign?

Anyway, I had a question about border crossings. When I go to Germany, I of course don't have to show my ID or something. Still, I thought that lorries had to stop at those border crossings. I never see trucks stop there though. From a friend in Poland I heard that trucks do have to stop at the German-Polish border. Can anyone explain that to me?
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Why Jedrzychowice and Zgorzelec on the same sign?
And why not? This road leads to both cities(well, ok not exactly to Zgorzelec but very closo to it)

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Anyway, I had a question about border crossings. When I go to Germany, I of course don't have to show my ID or something. Still, I thought that lorries had to stop at those border crossings. I never see trucks stop there though. From a friend in Poland I heard that trucks do have to stop at the German-Polish border. Can anyone explain that to me?
He must be selling you crap

There is absolutely NO stopping at borders at all, even for trucs
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Old February 25th, 2008, 04:41 PM   #307
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Slovenian borders are interesting.
In the past:
- there were controls at Italian, Austrian and Hugarian borders
- there were no control at Croatian border

Since the end of Yougoslavia and the entry of Shengen's space:
- there are no controls any longer at Italian, Austrian and Hugarian borders
- there are now controls at Croatian border: this is Shengen's border.

A bit strange no ?
In the futur, I hope that Croatia-Slovenia border will be open again: Croatia desserve to join Shengen quickly even without joining EU.
Croatia should have join EU with Romania and Bulgaria but it's an other story.
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And why not? This road leads to both cities(well, ok not exactly to Zgorzelec but very closo to it)
That may be true, but Jedrzychowice is only a small village (there is nothing wrong with Zgorzelec), so why both towns, and not only Zgorzelec?
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Croatia should have join EU with Romania and Bulgaria but it's an other story.
Yeah, Croatia is more developed than RO and BG. Yet, it looks to me this is a "war criminal" problem, they only can join EU if they bring some war criminals to justice, like former army commanders.

Well, i hope Croatia joins EU soon.
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That may be true, but Jedrzychowice is only a small village (there is nothing wrong with Zgorzelec), so why both towns, and not only Zgorzelec?
Because this border crossing is/was called Jedrzychowice/Ludwigsdorf and it is located near Jędzychowice, which is indeed very small
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But do you think foreigners know the names of border crossings? They usually looking for larger cities along the route. So Dresden, Zgorzelec or Berlin, but not Jedrzychowice, which is so small, it does not appear on most maps.
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Because this border crossing is/was called Jedrzychowice/Ludwigsdorf and it is located near Jędzychowice, which is indeed very small
I'm aware of that. Still, I don't think it is necessary to put such small villages on highway signs (I know it comes from earlier times, when it was very handy for lorry drivers to know how far the border would be). Still, with Schengen, they can remove it and put Dresden on the signs.

About borders: does anyone have an idea when Romania and Bulgaria will join schengen?
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But do you think foreigners know the names of border crossings? They usually looking for larger cities along the route. So Dresden, Zgorzelec or Berlin, but not Jedrzychowice, which is so small, it does not appear on most maps.
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I'm aware of that. Still, I don't think it is necessary to put such small villages on highway signs (I know it comes from earlier times, when it was very handy for lorry drivers to know how far the border would be). Still, with Schengen, they can remove it and put Dresden on the signs.

I entirely agree with you, but we cannot help it
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Old February 26th, 2008, 08:21 PM   #315
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I like borders that run through the cities. Although the USA and Canada have border checkpoints, the cities of Stanstead, QB and Derby Line, VT still have some unguarded crossings such as this:


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Old February 27th, 2008, 03:53 AM   #316
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I like borders that run through the cities. Although the USA and Canada have border checkpoints, the cities of Stanstead, QB and Derby Line, VT still have some unguarded crossings such as this:


Photo by New York Times
When I was driving from NY state to Quebeck Canadian immigration was very serious and asking a lot of question while checking my visa.
Can you just walk cross the border on picture above? No asking question, no control?
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Well, that was the point of the article in New York Times - even in our paranoid post-911 times, there are still places like this. So, yes it is rather an exception to the rule. To answer your question, you can physically walk from Vermont to Quebec without any obstacles, but of course it would be illegal

There is a Zero Avenue in western B.C. near Vancouver that runs 1 metre from the American border, so if your car breaks down and you have to pull over, de facto you would be illegally crossing into the USA.
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I've always wondered about this. The Canada-US border is controlled at the official crossing points, like the roads, but there is no fence or anything of the sort. In like 99% of the border, at the absence of natural obstacles such as rivers, can't one just walk through the "imaginary line"? And if that is so, then what is the point of such strict controls? I'm sure that someone wanting to cross the border illegally, especially with the intent of causing harm, will do just that instead of taking the highway
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Old February 27th, 2008, 06:56 AM   #319
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I've always wondered about this. The Canada-US border is controlled at the official crossing points, like the roads, but there is no fence or anything of the sort. In like 99% of the border, at the absence of natural obstacles such as rivers, can't one just walk through the "imaginary line"? And if that is so, then what is the point of such strict controls? I'm sure that someone wanting to cross the border illegally, especially with the intent of causing harm, will do just that instead of taking the highway
Along a lot of that 'uncontrolled' border, the locals keep a pretty good watch over things and they don't hesitate to call the Customs guys when things are amiss.

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Possibly, but I'm somewhat skeptical of this. It may work in certain situations, but the border is extremely long, and not all of it is populated. Not that it's too problematic anyway, since illegal immigration is not an issue here.
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