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Old August 2nd, 2013, 04:33 PM   #21381
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So far I've only been to the Asian part of Greece.
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Old August 2nd, 2013, 04:35 PM   #21382
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Good topic.

Ever heard about doubly landlocked countries? There are only two of them in the world
Uzbekistan and Liechtenstein.
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Old August 2nd, 2013, 04:37 PM   #21383
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And so far I've only been to the Asian part of Egypt (and both parts of Istanbul).

Super ugly Sharm-el-Sheik! Only "organized" holiday of my life, and the worst one. At least I didn't pay for it...
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Old August 2nd, 2013, 04:53 PM   #21384
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And so far I've only been to the Asian part of Egypt (and both parts of Istanbul).

Super ugly Sharm-el-Sheik! Only "organized" holiday of my life, and the worst one. At least I didn't pay for it...
I don't like those places too, even if I never went there. My feeling is that those "tropical resorts" (in Africa, SE Asia, Caribbeans, South America) are too artificial, innatural enclaves unconnected with the surrounding environment that, especially in some poor and not-so-peaceful and democratic countries, isn't very attractive to the average tourist in search of fun. Those spending holiday there are people that just want to spend a week or two relaxing in a warm weather without being interested in exploring the territory, with its natural and historical beauties.
I like a more independent and various form of tourism, seeing what I like to visit after reading something about the history of the place, then spending an afternoon on the beach or hiking in the mountains. And when I return home I remember more things that the beach where I stayed 12 hours a day for a week and the disco-bar when I drank delicious cocktails every night.
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In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.

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Old August 2nd, 2013, 05:27 PM   #21385
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Totally agreed.

And for me (and I bet for all you guys too), the driving to holiday destination is the part of the holiday as well.

Btw. I love southern Europe - especially islands. You can rent a motorscooter, go wherever you want, do whatever you want and be there whenever you want.

Last summer I was on greek island Thassos. Drove all over the islands and see as beauty abandoned beaches as I had never seen in my life.

P.S. I don't have to travel anywhere to be in pools charged by extremely high entrence fees and to drink in expensive bars. There are loads of them in Bratislava. I just have to take the trolley from my nearest stop which is 20 m far.
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Old August 2nd, 2013, 05:42 PM   #21386
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I have the same attitude, but I think we are the minority...
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Old August 2nd, 2013, 07:49 PM   #21387
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Old August 2nd, 2013, 08:19 PM   #21388
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you may be a bit surprised by what I am about to say, but the little street beside my house is often considered as a shortcut. It is obviously not, but drivers are sometimes stupid and use it and lot of them do speeding. I have reported it many times, but the only action that local government took was to erect a speed bump. Nevertheless the amount of speeding drivers was still high.

After the winter, the roads in Slovakia have remained in very bad condition. Local government encouraged the people to help by reporting theese 3D "stickers" to be repaired. There were about 13 on the road in front of my house, but I have decided not to report them, since it was the thing what discourage speeding drivers to use the shortcut
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Old August 2nd, 2013, 10:42 PM   #21389
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This guy had 15 police checks in 1 month. I had 3 in 6 years of driving... and those were random checks close to the state border.

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Old August 2nd, 2013, 11:05 PM   #21390
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This guy had 15 police checks in 1 month. I had 3 in 6 years of driving... and those were random checks close to the state border.
I remember, once I had 3 checks in Hungary in approx. 90 minutes :-) I drove alone in a very very average car. It was evening, but not late night.
Another time I had two checks in an hour, but it was Saturday night, four young men in the car - alcohol and drug checks happen quite often in those circumstances. In the second case the policeman asked me when had I drunk alcohol the last time? I told him I didn't know, one month, perhaps two months ago :-) Then I had to make alcohol test, it was 0.0, and I could drive on :-)
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Old August 2nd, 2013, 11:10 PM   #21391
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I've never had an alcohol test.
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Old August 2nd, 2013, 11:17 PM   #21392
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I had it once in 2006 after I was in an accident in France. No alcohol was detected of course, I don't drink and drive.
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Old August 3rd, 2013, 12:31 AM   #21393
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We will go tomorrow to check out an 1.4 Fiat 500 with 101 PS, this one:




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Old August 3rd, 2013, 12:37 AM   #21394
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I had an alchool test once, last Halloween day outside a disco. They made a roadblock to stop all cars leaving the disco's parking lot.
The dialogue was:
"What did you drink?"
"A coke"
"Pure or mixed with alchool?"
"Pure, of course."
"Ok, please blow in this tube."
Of course I was clean.
They didn't even asked my DL or ID.
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Old August 3rd, 2013, 01:42 AM   #21395
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This guy had 15 police checks in 1 month. I had 3 in 6 years of driving...
he must be using time machine there was no 27.8.2013 here on earth yet
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Old August 3rd, 2013, 02:01 AM   #21396
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This guy had 15 police checks in 1 month. I had 3 in 6 years of driving... and those were random checks close to the state border.
In Estonia the police is not allowed to stop a car with no reason i.e. for random checks, apart from alcohol raids when every driver is checked.
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Old August 3rd, 2013, 08:15 AM   #21397
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I did a few random alcohol tests in France and Belgium. Swedish police usually test anyone coming off the overnight ferry from Helsinki into Stockholm. And I have always thanked my lucky stars that my promillage was good enough to keep going after a night of drinking and sex...
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Old August 3rd, 2013, 10:38 AM   #21398
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We will go tomorrow to check out an 1.4 Fiat 500 with 101 PS, this one:
101 horsepower for a lawn mower?

Maybe your girlfriend could smoke some VW Golf GTIs with that car
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Old August 3rd, 2013, 11:16 AM   #21399
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Some years ago in Hungary there were very many accidents caused by drunk young drivers, especially Saturday nights, driving from one party to another one. The police started to do many random alcohol tests, especially Saturday nights, cars with 4 or 5 young people. And zero tolerance was introduced: above 0.2 promille the driver license is immediately withdrawn.
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Old August 3rd, 2013, 06:27 PM   #21400
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I was checked 9 times by the police in 8 years of driving, six times in Hungary, twice in Switzerland and once in Austria.

Last time when Hungarian police checked me in july this year, the policemen got two short messages on their cell phone while they had my documents. Was it because of the motorway toll or something else?
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