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Old July 4th, 2009, 10:59 AM   #1661
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Eastern Congo, that's about the last place I want to be on earth. Indeed the biggest massacre, possibly since WW II.
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Old July 4th, 2009, 03:40 PM   #1662
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But some of the most beautiful landscapes on Earth. Also a very pleasant climate, very temperate unlike most of the rest of Africa. This region has a huge potential for tourism if only they would stop all these stupid civil wars. It could easily become a new Kenya in terms of tourism.
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Old July 5th, 2009, 12:14 AM   #1663
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I can see some big future soil erosions and landslides on pictures. They shouldn't cut trees on steep terrain.
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Old July 5th, 2009, 08:12 PM   #1664
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16 countries in 24 hours

Last weekend my wife and I tried to set a new unofficial world record: Visiting the most countries in 24 hours. The old record was 15 countries in less than 24 hours, we passed through 16 countries in 23 hours and 21 minutes. These were: Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, San Marino, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Belgium and The Netherlands. We had a webcam running the complete trip, and a couple of clips have been uploaded to YouTube (mostly border crossings). These can be found here:
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_lis...1FE0EF1048C177

This was of course only possible because almost all of these countries are members of Schengen (or have some special agreement with the neighbouring countries). We only had to show our passports when entering and leaving Croatia.
Some short personal opinions:
Best motorway section driven: The Croatian A2 from the Slovene border to Zagreb.
Worst motorway section driven: The Austrian A4 from the Hungarian border to Neusiedl am See.
Most beautiful part of the route: The Swiss A13/N13, especially the climb towards the San Bernardino tunnel.
Most boring part of the route: The Italian A1 from Bologna to Milano.

Oh, and this was the route we drove:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...,27.443848&z=6
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Old July 5th, 2009, 08:36 PM   #1665
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That's a cool trip!
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Old July 5th, 2009, 09:01 PM   #1666
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Wow That's cool

According to Google Maps it's about 1 day and 2 hours of driving, when you don't stop. You must have done some speeding to accomplish this
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Old July 5th, 2009, 09:09 PM   #1667
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Old July 5th, 2009, 09:15 PM   #1668
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> According to Google Maps it's about 1 day and 2 hours of driving, when you don't stop. You must have done some speeding to accomplish this

Ehm, no comment...
Well, nothing extreme (in other words, only on rural motorways with little traffic).
Furthermore, Google Maps and basically all other route planners are not always very good at predicting the traveling times for good 'N-routes', such as for example the N13 in Switzerland or the N11 in Czech Republic and Slovakia.
And obviously we didn't stop very much during this trip (actually only 3 times to refuel, and one time to rest/sleep for about 15 minutes).

I'll post some pictures in a minute.
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Old July 5th, 2009, 10:34 PM   #1669
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Wow, crazy. How soon did you turn around in San Marino?
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Old July 5th, 2009, 10:51 PM   #1670
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Wow, crazy. How soon did you turn around in San Marino?
We turned around at the first roundabout that we found in San Marino, after about 1 km or so. I guess we by then already were halfway through the country...

A couple of pictures can be found here: http://picasaweb.google.nl/koloite/1...eat=directlink

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Old July 5th, 2009, 11:04 PM   #1671
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koloite, i see you experienced the italian controls. As I saw they were quite fast, did they check precisely your id documents, or just you showed them and they waved you to go? i also noticed that italians controlled also when existing the country, as they promised they would do that.
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Old July 5th, 2009, 11:08 PM   #1672
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I saw there was a one hour waiting line at the Arnoldstein border crossing saturday!
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Old July 5th, 2009, 11:09 PM   #1673
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koloite, i see you experienced the italian controls. As I saw they were quite fast, did they check precisely your id documents, or just you showed them and they waved you to go? i also noticed that italians controlled also when existing the country, as they promised they would do that.
The guard just waved us through. I guess we didn't look very dangerous...
But we had also planned our trip so that we would arrive at that border crossing during night time when there would be very little traffic.
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Old July 5th, 2009, 11:12 PM   #1674
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hehehe finally the italian interior minister can get an orgasm of having controls on borders. Pity for him that only for a couple of weeks, good for us.
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Old July 5th, 2009, 11:27 PM   #1675
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China to Pakistan:


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What a cheap solution.

considering the Location..... at least therz something

from wiki:
Sino-Pakistani Border Crossing

The Khunjerab Pass is the highest paved border crossing in the world(elevation 4,693 metres (15,400 ft)) and the highest point on the Karakoram Highway. The roadway across the pass was completed in 1982


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Old July 7th, 2009, 12:44 PM   #1676
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PL/UA Medyka/Шегині(Szeginie)







Approaching the queue, the time is 6:20 am










Only 11 buses are waiting to enter the border:












The amount of cars let through depends on the Ukrainian side, because polish cotrol lasted in our case 5 - 7 min. To reach it we waited 4 hours(!)








Only one pic from Ukrainian side, as it is strongly advised ot to take them at all.


We left the border 6 hours after we arrived, the same apples to cars(I chose one to measure the time, ad it left no more than 15 min before we did)

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When we were returning to Poland Ukrainian guard didn't want to let us through and we had to bribe him with 20 UAH (less than 2€ (!!!)), but per bus, not per person. Sad.

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Old July 7th, 2009, 12:54 PM   #1677
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PLH, on which side where is the problem? On Slovak Ukrainian border, usually the ukrainian guards are very slow ,even when leaving the country. It seems they want the bribe to enter or elave fast.
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Old July 7th, 2009, 12:59 PM   #1678
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Ukrainian side only. They are very, very slow.

Oh, I forgot - you have to fill in this:

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Old July 7th, 2009, 01:01 PM   #1679
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And do they ask a bribe?
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Old July 7th, 2009, 01:06 PM   #1680
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Not directly, but they refused to stamp our passports.

If you're interested, I described it more precisely in Polish here: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2088
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