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Old February 27th, 2008, 08:54 AM   #321
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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.
Mike, it is true, especially in case of Zero Avenue that I described above. However, the border runs through some dense forest at times, and you can just pretend to be a hiker to "accidentally" cross into another country. For instance, the Glacier Park is the perfect place for that kind of activity because there are indeed many hikers wondering in the national park in the summer time. Also, several years ago I saw a programme on TV about an uncontrolled crossing somewhere in Minnesota where you actually had to report yourself via phone (videophone), but I am not sure if it is still there.

I think that having strict borders with Canada cannot help in the fight with terrorism because to get to the USA, terrorists would have to get to Canada first. Should I tell you that nowadays getting into Canada via air can be as hassling as getting into the USA?
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Old February 27th, 2008, 08:47 PM   #322
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Mike, it is true, especially in case of Zero Avenue that I described above. However, the border runs through some dense forest at times, and you can just pretend to be a hiker to "accidentally" cross into another country. For instance, the Glacier Park is the perfect place for that kind of activity because there are indeed many hikers wondering in the national park in the summer time. Also, several years ago I saw a programme on TV about an uncontrolled crossing somewhere in Minnesota where you actually had to report yourself via phone (videophone), but I am not sure if it is still there.

I think that having strict borders with Canada cannot help in the fight with terrorism because to get to the USA, terrorists would have to get to Canada first. Should I tell you that nowadays getting into Canada via air can be as hassling as getting into the USA?
And you can't really 'accidentally' cross the land parts of the USA-Canada border, either, because the whole thing is marked by a 3-4 meter wide mowed strip. I would think that the easiest place to unknowingly wander across would be over water, as in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (NE Minnesota/western Ontario) or the at the north end of Lake Champlain.

The call-to-report crossing is at the Northwest Angle between Minnesota and Manitoba. I have no idea what the current situation is there.

Also, I have zero doubt that Canada fully realizes the direct economic consequences that they would suffer due to border tightening if there is another 2001-09-11 style attack on the USA and it is determined that the bad guys got in via Canada.

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Old February 27th, 2008, 09:32 PM   #323
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Mike, it is true, especially in case of Zero Avenue that I described above. However, the border runs through some dense forest at times, and you can just pretend to be a hiker to "accidentally" cross into another country. For instance, the Glacier Park is the perfect place for that kind of activity because there are indeed many hikers wondering in the national park in the summer time. Also, several years ago I saw a programme on TV about an uncontrolled crossing somewhere in Minnesota where you actually had to report yourself via phone (videophone), but I am not sure if it is still there.

I think that having strict borders with Canada cannot help in the fight with terrorism because to get to the USA, terrorists would have to get to Canada first. Should I tell you that nowadays getting into Canada via air can be as hassling as getting into the USA?
Umm, I don't think the rules were enacted for Canada's sake. They just happened to get caught in the "fairness" blast wave.
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Old February 29th, 2008, 10:05 PM   #324
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Old March 1st, 2008, 12:42 PM   #325
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Love this thread. Unfortunately I cannot post any from Australia

I especially like the ones from South America (French Guyana / Brazil and Argentina / Uruguay).

Here is one I took at the border of Croatia and a little piece of Bosnia territory (6km) along the Adriatic Coast between the town of Klek (HR) and Neum (BiH).

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Old March 1st, 2008, 04:03 PM   #326
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It's an interisting place, especially with the Croatian A3 going to Dubrovnik through Bosnian territory

Anyway, last week I went to Vienna and back (from Amsterdam), by nighttrain, and on the way to Vienna my bags were checked (and I mean really checked, they wanted to see everything) and also my ID card. On the way back they checked my ID too, from Austria to Germany. Is it normal that trains are checked more often that cars at Schengen borders?
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Old March 1st, 2008, 04:04 PM   #327
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I have been checked at the train from Amsterdam to Berlin.

I think it's maybe because you are Dutch. We are sadly known as notorious drug traffickers. And that is not completely untrue.
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Old March 1st, 2008, 04:06 PM   #328
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It's an interisting place, especially with the Croatian A3 going to Dubrovnik through Bosnian territory
it's not A3, it is D8 road
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Old March 1st, 2008, 04:10 PM   #329
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@ x-type: sorry, I wasn't completely sure about the name.

@ chris: yeah, I'm only 16, and I was with a friend (also 16), so they definately thought we had drugs. I also thought that we were to only ones to be checked.
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Old March 1st, 2008, 04:23 PM   #330
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Border between Hungary(Esztergom) and Slovakia(Stúrovo).
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The last reminder about the border.

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Old March 2nd, 2008, 12:11 AM   #331
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Sweet I like the picture of a man walking from one country to another.
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Old March 2nd, 2008, 01:05 PM   #332
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Old March 9th, 2008, 02:09 PM   #333
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...and before Schengen in Summer 2003 (even before Poland was part of the EU) it looked like this:


The sign at the restaurant indicates "last German restaurant before Moscow"


Heading to the border to Poland. The border to Poland was just opened for pedestrians until Schengen.


The Polish side of the border.


Polish side...


Back in Germany, view back to Poland. Closed for cars.


About a kilometer north - border protection with a fence at the beach, taken from the German side.
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Old March 9th, 2008, 03:10 PM   #334
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This is the area between Nieuweschans (NL) and Leer (D). No roads, but trains this time:

2 trains on trainstation Nieuweschans (NL), a few meters from the German border:
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As you can see, the left train is heading to Leer, the right train to Groningen.
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Old March 9th, 2008, 03:52 PM   #335
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This subforum is about roads, not about trains. Btw, the border line is a few hundred metres ahead, there.
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Old March 9th, 2008, 07:05 PM   #336
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Old March 9th, 2008, 10:06 PM   #337
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The San Diego - Tijuana border crossing is said to be one of the busiest in the world. It has over 25 lanes i think.

[IMG]http://i20.************/2ziwupk.png[/IMG]

Also notice the different amount of lanes, from US point of view: about 5 outbound, and over 25 inbound. Maybe because incoming traffic to the US is checked much more strictly then outgoing traffic to Mexico.
I've been there in 2001!!
We left our car in a mall near the border, few kilometers south of San Diego and then passed the border with a bus to Tijuana!!
I remember that going from the USA to Mexico was very fast, but coming back was terrible!! There was a kilometers-long queue... So long that the bus opened the doors and made us pass the border by walk!!
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Peace Bridge (Fort Erie-Buffalo,USA)

Looking from Canada to the USA.



Rainbow Bridge (Niagara Falls,CAN-Niagara Falls, USA)

Looking from the USA to Canada.



Ambassador Bridge (Windsor-Detroit)

Looking from the USA



Detroit-Windsor Tunnel (it goes under the river)

Windsor



Inside the tunnel





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Best crossing ever!

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The border crossing is unstaffed. Travelers using the single gravel road into the Angle are expected to use a telephone at Jim's Corner to contact Canadian or U.S. Customs and make their declarations.


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