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Old June 13th, 2014, 01:58 AM   #25721
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I prefer no barrier, and wide, depressed grassy median. I think it is safest. But as for bus safety, stop taking bus to places, drive your car instead
Actually, I am afraid of buses. Safety development of passenger cars still goes on and new devices and systems are being invented and introduced to make a indestructible tank of car. But look at the buses. Except the design, it is still a fragile cartoon box. If I can't ride my car, I prefer trains more.
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Old June 13th, 2014, 07:30 AM   #25722
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I am very happy to have no front plate rule where I live... on my European-made Mercedes there isn't even a place on the car to put it. I guess front-plate is installed with some ugly bracket My old Saab though has a nice place for it, so I put old European license plate there
Lucky you. My car would definitely look better without front plate or bracket.
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Old June 13th, 2014, 07:49 AM   #25723
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Actually, I am afraid of buses. Safety development of passenger cars still goes on and new devices and systems are being invented and introduced to make a indestructible tank of car. But look at the buses. Except the design, it is still a fragile cartoon box. If I can't ride my car, I prefer trains more.
I believe that they designed the buses to be a slow ass beast that carry 20 over ppl ,rather than a bullet speed express buses that goes 60kmh on the highway . In a accident that have the bus overturned the roof, simply crumples rather than supporting it like a car. Countries should really consider banning express buses routes up to 2-3 hours and recommands trains for journey more then that.
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Old June 13th, 2014, 11:25 AM   #25724
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I am wondering if there is a connection between Pen-nsylvania and Tra-nsylvania.
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Old June 13th, 2014, 12:20 PM   #25725
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I am wondering if there is a connection between Pen-nsylvania and Tra-nsylvania.
The prefix is Trans-(s)ylvania, so better compare it with Penn-sylvania

The prefixes "trans" and "cis" are more used in chemistry, but also in geography:
trans- is basically referring to something farther and
cis - is something closer.

Transdnistria, Transcarpathia, Cisleithania and Transleithania etc.
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Old June 13th, 2014, 12:30 PM   #25726
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In Roman times there were Gallia Cisalpina (before the Alps, present-day northern Italy) and Gallia Transalpina (across the Alps, present-day France).
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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 June 13th, 2014, 12:48 PM   #25727
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The West Bank is known here as Cisjordan, and Jordan was formerly known as Transjordan.

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Btw. the code displayed on Euro banknotes says the country it was issued in too.
And there is also a small code which says where it was printed. I know the Dutch printer (G in the 1st series) has printed notes for almost every damn country in Eurozone.

By the way, I've caught some rare notes. The rarest one I have is an Irish €100 note. I wonder how much is paid for one...
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Old June 13th, 2014, 01:03 PM   #25728
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I am wondering if there is a connection between Pen-nsylvania and Tra-nsylvania.
silva, ae, f. - forest in Latin

Female name "Silvia" has the same root.
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Old June 13th, 2014, 02:33 PM   #25729
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I am wondering if there is a connection between Pen-nsylvania and Tra-nsylvania.
The king of England who gave the land* to William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, named it after him. (Okay, that was a messy sentence, but I've played with it enough and I haven't had any caffeine yet. Grammar-naziing myself. ;-) )

Yours truly's user name is how it's usually translated.

"Trans" means across, so Transylvania = across the woods? My Latin's rusty.

*yes, no one asked the Indians....
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Old June 13th, 2014, 03:54 PM   #25730
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"Trans" means across, so Transylvania = across the woods? My Latin's rusty.
Doesn't "across" mean "through"? Because "trans" in Latin conveys more the idea of "on the other side of".
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Old June 13th, 2014, 03:58 PM   #25731
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You could describe a building as being "across the street" from the one you're in. No idea of "through" in that instance.
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Old June 13th, 2014, 04:01 PM   #25732
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You could describe a building as being "across the street" from the one you're in. No idea of "through" in that instance.
Right. Thanks for the clarification.
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Old June 13th, 2014, 04:29 PM   #25733
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Here's a term that's new to me....:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doubly_...locked_country
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Old June 13th, 2014, 06:12 PM   #25734
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What company would you recommend and what advises for renting a car in Portugal? I'm planning to fly there in a month.

I have never rented a car before.

I will stay 10 nights, arriving after 23:00 in Porto, and departing from Faro at 16:00.
Should I consider renting multiple times, only for the days I know I will do longer trips or for the whole time?

My driving plans would be:
1. Porto-Coimbra-Lisbon - 1 day
2. The Sintra park area and Cabo da Roca - 1 day
3. Lisbon to south coast, then drive along the coast to some destinations and tot the airport - 4 days

Last 2 I could plan to have 5 consecutive days...
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Old June 13th, 2014, 09:52 PM   #25735
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So have our Dutch friends already broken out the jenever? (Or is it genever?)
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Old June 13th, 2014, 09:54 PM   #25736
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It's jenever

And I don't drink alcohol so no
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Old June 13th, 2014, 09:56 PM   #25737
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Are there hooligans at American sports? It appears to me Americans have 1) more family friendly sports and 2) have more varied sports with large public interest. In Europe it's 90% soccer, the rest is niche market most of the times (except perhaps the Tour de France). Ice skating seems to be a Dutch thing.
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Old June 13th, 2014, 10:03 PM   #25738
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Hooliganism doesn't seem to be anywhere near as widespread here as it apparently is in Europe. Things you read about like English football stadiums needing to keep the visiting fans separated from home ones - physically separated, I mean - or Italian teams playing to empty houses because there was trouble last time those teams played each other... seem inconceivable to me. Even in the most heated rivalries. I can't imagine Yankee Stadium needing to keep Red Sox fans in a separate section, for example.

(Now, people from outside Philadelphia like to bring up the time a football crowd here threw snowballs at Santa Claus, but that was 35 years ago and I wasn't there....)
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Old June 13th, 2014, 10:05 PM   #25739
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silva, ae, f. - forest in Latin

Female name "Silvia" has the same root.
Silvia is not just a female name. Ask Berlusconi.
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Old June 13th, 2014, 10:08 PM   #25740
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People take their kids to sports - baseball, (American) football, basketball, hockey...even soccer*, all the time. Never been to a hockey game myself (that's ice hockey, by the way...what's called "hockey" in, say, Belgium is "field hockey" here), but to plenty of the other four while I was growing up.

*If there are a "big four" sports, and I think there still are, soccer would be 5th now.
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