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Old July 25th, 2008, 09:44 AM   #601
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The Bin Laden industries are huge. Not all branches are related with the wellknown terrorist.
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Old July 25th, 2008, 12:56 PM   #602
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Found on the Internet.

The main Portugal/Spain Border crossing (Vilar Formoso/Fuentes de Ońoro):



Vila Verde de Raia/Feces de Abaixo ():

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Old July 25th, 2008, 04:06 PM   #603
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Why is the 50 speed limit on the Austrian sign not centered? Wow that bothers me,
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Old July 25th, 2008, 05:49 PM   #604
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^ Probably b/c they usually add "km" (kilometers (per hour)) to the right, but for some reason they erased it here.
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Old July 25th, 2008, 07:44 PM   #605
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The Bin Laden industries are huge. Not all branches are related with the wellknown terrorist.
Yes, but Osama bin Laden was involved in building roads in Sudan:
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Bin Laden also invested in business ventures, such as al-Hajira, a construction company that built roads throughout Sudan, and Wadi al-Aqiq, an agricultural corporation that farmed hundreds of thousands of acres of sorghum, gum Arabic, sesame and sunflowers in Sudan's central Gezira province. Bin Laden's operations in Sudan were protected by the powerful Sudanese NIF government figure Hassan al Turabi, but were not profitable. While in Sudan, bin Laden married one of Turabi's nieces.
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Old July 26th, 2008, 04:48 PM   #606
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A picture of the border between the Netherlands (N863) and Germany (Nieuw-Schoonebeek (NL) - Twist (D)).

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Old July 26th, 2008, 05:02 PM   #607
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Tomorrow I hope to make some pictures of the USA-Canada border.
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Old July 26th, 2008, 06:02 PM   #608
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Are you here on vacation? Also, describe how the crossing is like for EU citizens.
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Old July 26th, 2008, 06:56 PM   #609
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^ Different for different members' citizens. Almost all ex-commie EU members' citizens need visa.
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Old July 27th, 2008, 04:52 AM   #610
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That's right. They should change that policy, since most is EU now.
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Old July 27th, 2008, 11:59 AM   #611
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Hi.

Some days ago I listened to the radio that the austrian minister of interior declared that the criminality decreased of 6% in Austria, since the Schengen´s enlargement. So eventually the fears of no border controls were not confirmed.
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Old July 27th, 2008, 06:47 PM   #612
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Non-visa traffic for Polish ! I want to go to USA for trip without visa
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Old July 27th, 2008, 09:31 PM   #613
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which border crossing is the most busy in the world.???
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Old July 27th, 2008, 09:50 PM   #614
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San Diego - Tijuana I guess.
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Old July 28th, 2008, 12:36 AM   #615
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San Diego - Tijuana I guess.
Well, there´s also the Laredo - New Laredo border that has a lot of movement 24/7.
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Old July 28th, 2008, 02:45 AM   #616
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This is the Brazil-Venezuela border crossing at Pacaraima (Roraima State, Brazil) and Santa Elena de Üairen (Bolivar State, Venezuela). The photos follow a south to north sequence along the brazilian BR-174 highway and into Venezuela along the Troncal 10 road. It´s the only road link between the two countries:





















The brazilian side:












The BR-174 as one travels from the city of Boa Vista towards the brazilian border town of Pacaraima (also known as Pakaraima or La Linea).




















An ant-eater crossing the road:



































Pacaraima (La Linea):







This photo was taken from the venezuelan side, the white dots are border markers:





































































































Brazilian Customs:












And now, towards the border line:
















































The "real" border line - the ending of the BR-174 and the beginning of the Troncal 10. The photo was taken from the venezuelan side:









The venezuelan side:






Venezuelan Customs:






































Brazilian trucks:













































































































































































Santa Elena de Üairen was founded during the 1920´s. The town is settled mainly by gold and diamond miners and traders:

















































































































Santa Elena de Üairen recently became a duty-free zone and now new settlers are coming to town:








The new tourist international airport facilities (u/c) will open at the end of the year. Only small and medium size aircrafts will be allowed at SVSE as the town will be the gateway to the southern parts of Canaima National Park.























Bush pilots at Canaima National Park:










The Troncal 10 highway going north:









































































































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Old July 28th, 2008, 04:15 AM   #617
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Thanks for posting; very interesting, but I thought this border crossing was in jungle; it's savanna apparently. It's also the fastest road link between Brazil and Colombia, right?

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Old July 28th, 2008, 09:42 AM   #618
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That sign's a leftover from before the global warning
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Old July 28th, 2008, 02:35 PM   #619
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Thanks for posting; very interesting, but I thought this border crossing was in jungle; it's savanna apparently.

Thats right, it´s mostly savanna because of the altitude which is around 1000 mts above sea level. There is some jungle too but mixed with the savannna. This is what the area looks like:










Roraima Tepui close to Santa Elena de Üairen:










































Aponwao Falls (also known as Chinak Meru) on the Troncal 10:




















Kama Meru Falls on the Troncal 10 ("meru" means falls):















4x4 urbanite touring clubs on dirt roads:









































Bush pilots:






























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It's also the fastest road link between Brazil and Colombia, right?

Yes, but even then one has to travel through most of Venezuela for some 2000 Kms.. That is from Santa Elena de Üairen to the San Antonio del Tachira (VE) - Cucuta (CO) crossing. There is no direct road link between Colombia and Brazil that I know of. Only river transport along the Amazon at Leticia port (CO).





Btw. passports and visas are no longer required for south american nationals to travel among the different countries. Only national identity cards are needed.


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Old July 28th, 2008, 07:04 PM   #620
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Are you here on vacation? Also, describe how the crossing is like for EU citizens.
The crossing I used is a very remote one. It only took me and my parents 2 minutes to answer the questions the border guard asked. Then she stamped our passports and we could drive on. I can't tell more now since the connection here is very slow.
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