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Old January 28th, 2012, 04:29 PM   #5701
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Taking alcoholic beverages (or pure alcohol) from YU was popular with Hungarians at that time
It's was still popular in 2005, when I was traveling to Vienna by train via Budapest... (an old lady from Hungary was smuggling "Vinjak")
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Old January 28th, 2012, 04:37 PM   #5702
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Not exactly, they wanted Gorizia as part of Slovenia, and just the single municipality of Trieste as the 7th republic.
Makes sense, Trieste is a Balkan city after all. It's funny that there are almost as many people (330,000) living in the tiny Balkan part of Italy as in the Balkan part of Slovenia (360,000).
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Old January 28th, 2012, 04:39 PM   #5703
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Makes sense, Trieste is a Balkan city after all. It's funny that there are almost as many people (330,000) living in the tiny Balkan part of Italy as in the Balkan part of Slovenia (360,000).
So we can say that Italy and Slovenia are equaly Balkanic?
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Old January 28th, 2012, 04:40 PM   #5704
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Balkan, not Balkanic.
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Old January 28th, 2012, 04:41 PM   #5705
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Old January 28th, 2012, 05:02 PM   #5706
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Inner or outer?
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Old January 28th, 2012, 05:07 PM   #5707
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Inner or outer?
It's just a provincial border in the great country of Schengen.
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Old January 28th, 2012, 05:12 PM   #5708
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Makes sense, Trieste is a Balkan city after all.
Only geographically. Trieste had always been inhabitated mostly by Italians, except villages of Carso.
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Old January 28th, 2012, 05:14 PM   #5709
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Not exactly, they wanted Gorizia as part of Slovenia, and just the single municipality of Trieste as the 7th republic.
You probably mean province, not municipality.
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Old January 28th, 2012, 07:14 PM   #5710
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I found some old Europe travel guides from 70s and 80s. They have a description of every European country including Soviet Union and the whole eastern block (that could already be visited with visas) but no Albania. So, probably it wasn't possible get there or at least it was very complicate like N.Korea today.
Albania was a different case not really part of the eastern block.

The Albanian dictator Enver Hohxa was a paranoid in relations to the supporting countries. Initially, he was a buddy to Yugoslavia, then to Soviet Union, and finally to China. After breaking the relationships to China, the country took the strategy of isolation, and it remained more a less a white spot on the European map.
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Old January 28th, 2012, 07:20 PM   #5711
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Albania was a different case not really part of the eastern block.

The Albanian dictator Enver Hohxa was a paranoid in relations to the supporting countries. Initially, he was a buddy to Yugoslavia, then to Soviet Union, and finally to China. After breaking the relationships to China, the country took the strategy of isolation, and it remained more a less a white spot on the European map.
From what I've heard, it was even forbidden for Albanians to own cars. Don't know if it is true though, but supposing it is, then Hoxha was far more paranoid than our Ceauşescu...
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Old January 28th, 2012, 07:22 PM   #5712
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I heard that the Albanian regime was similar with what it is now North Korea.
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Old January 28th, 2012, 08:05 PM   #5713
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From what I've heard, it was even forbidden for Albanians to own cars.
Once I read a reprint of a 1987 Hungarian journalist article about a visit to Albania - it indeed stated that "there are no private cars" in Albania. People would travel by bus, bicycle, moped, donkey and of course on foot.

On YouTube, there is a 1979 Italian report about Albania (five parts - first one here). Somewhere in it, a school exercise is shown where one "target" is the then U.S. president and the other is Brezhnev
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Old January 28th, 2012, 09:59 PM   #5714
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Only geographically. Trieste had always been inhabitated mostly by Italians, except villages of Carso.
Actually I don't think you can say that Italians aren't a Balkan nation (even if it sounds strange). While most live on the Italian Peninsula, Italians used to control much of the western Balkan coast as well (and some still live there).
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Old January 28th, 2012, 10:04 PM   #5715
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Much better than in 2000 when I crossed this border. It took me 2 hours then.
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Old January 28th, 2012, 11:26 PM   #5716
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Much better than in 2000 when I crossed this border. It took me 2 hours then.
Now it's a mather of minutes .

@Verso: inner border, but you should have known that, I wrote the date of the journey
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Old January 29th, 2012, 12:04 AM   #5717
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When I returned from Hungary two weeks ago, policemen were checking (or more taking a look and then waving ) all vehicles that left the country. Any idea what they were looking for?


(sorry for the quality, it's a screenshot from the video I recorded then)
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Old January 29th, 2012, 12:08 AM   #5718
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I know that while exiting Austria for Italy there was a check at the border, but they were just looking for the vignette. See here @0:31.
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Old January 29th, 2012, 12:15 AM   #5719
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Yes ASFINAG controls the vignette frequently at the border, but these are hungarian policemen at Hegyeshalom. They really just took a careful look and let people pass.
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Old January 29th, 2012, 12:20 AM   #5720
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You probably mean province, not municipality.
No, I mean municipality, the rest of the province was intended to be Slovenia too, like Gorizia.
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