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Old December 20th, 2014, 09:08 PM   #29501
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In Spanish, Brittany/Bretagne is Bretaña, and Great Britain is Gran Bretaña. So how would one translate just Britain into Spanish?
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Old December 20th, 2014, 09:12 PM   #29502
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I guess Britain has to remain Great, then.
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Old December 20th, 2014, 09:45 PM   #29503
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Bretagne remains Bretagne in Dutch. Brittanny sounds weird for us, because that's the name we use for the Great Britain (Groot)-Brittannië.
In French it sounds the most weird - Bretagne contre Grande-Bretagne
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Old December 20th, 2014, 11:34 PM   #29504
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Guys, how do you celebrate Christmas (if do)? With who? When? Let's talk about Christmas.
Well, this year quite typically, with my family living in Britain, Great Britain (Wielka Brytaniua not Bretania*) But my favourite way of celebrating christmas is...on the road. Last year, for instance, on newly opened S8 in Poland and in Slovak West Tatra Mountains, earlier in 2013 I was driving around Belgium and the Netherlands. Year before - a trip to Berlin and so on...

* If it comes to Bretagne, there is an interesting, tasty, one of the most popular and sometimes even called national, dish in Poland. We call it "fasolka po bretońsku", which could be translated as 'Breton baked butter beans' ( not to confuse with British baked beans**, which is far less, say, sophisticated) However, as far as I know, this dish isn't known to Bretons, at all.

** I only give an example of British relative, because if you type 'fasolka po bretonsku' in wikipedia and check an English or French version you will find baked beans as equivalent, which to me is kind of misuse of the term.
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Old December 21st, 2014, 02:19 AM   #29505
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Guys, how do you celebrate Christmas (if do)? With who? When? Let's talk about Christmas.
Vistitin' my family and my GF's family, eating lots of stuffed cabbage and bejgli and praising the whole concept of the motorway.
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Old December 21st, 2014, 12:48 PM   #29506
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Bejgli?
We have that too in Banat
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Old December 21st, 2014, 02:39 PM   #29507
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There's a lot of traffic at this hour on the 'Gastarbeiter' route. In Austria on A1, S1 & A4 it's full of cars with people working abroad and going home. A lot of STAUs and slow traffic came together with this.

I managed to cross Austria on a weird route (I'll post that tomorrow), and now I'm heading to Hungary.

I understood there are already delays at HU-RO and HU-SRB border crossings.
Yesterday I drove Rheinbach - Koblenz - Franfkurt/M - Nuremberg - Passau - Vienna - Budapest. 1.130 km at all. 11 hours of driving, normally, this time it was 16 hours. Congestions everywhere. The road was full of Gastarbeiters, indeed. The German motorway A3 is probably the only place of the world where you can see lots of cars that have a French licencse plate but no one speaks French, lots of cars with British plates but no one speaks English, lots of cars of Dutch license plates but no one speaks Dutch, and lots of cars with German plates but only a minority speaks German.
There was only approx. 300 km where I could drive relaxed, without staring the rear lights of the car in front of me, and braking when he brakes. it was crazy and very, very exhausting.
In and around Vienna S1 and A4 was full, I lost approx. 1 hour between Vösendorf - Fischamend. But the Hungarian M1, too, was full, we drove 60-70 km/h.
At the last Austrian gas station there was a queue of more than 100m, and at the first Hungarian gas station, too. I suppose the wating time was at least one hour. I didn't have to stop because I pre-purchased my Hungarian electronic toll sticker.

The European road network is not ready for this christmas rush :-) But I'm happy, I drove 16 hours and did not cause any accident, although in the last 150-200km I was afraid of doing so.
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Old December 21st, 2014, 03:11 PM   #29508
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Bejgli?
We have that too in Banat
we have them everywhere from Germany to Turkey
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Old December 21st, 2014, 03:27 PM   #29509
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Was crazy traffic yesterday on this route, but I managed to get home safely. My wife was looking all the time on Google Maps Traffic alerts, so we saw every time how's the traffic ahead. This was route yesterday: http://goo.gl/maps/Nj1QM

We saw an accident reported after Ybbs an der Donau, so we exited there and drove on B1. While on B1 we could see the traffic stopped on the motorway, so we were happy as we took a right decision to exit the motorway there. We also noticed on the mobile app 3 accidents (and 3 STAUs) on M1 between Pöchlarn and Wien, plus another one on A21 near Wien, plus another 2 on S1 nearby Wien. That's why I took B3 and drove on it until Krems an der Donau, and then on the motorway until Wien.

At Wien Airport there was another block, so we drove from A4 (from Wien), then on S1 towards Graz and took the first exit to drive on B9. Here's the traffic on S1 direction Budapest (on the other side):



After that the A4 was full of cars, driving up to 100 km/h:





I haven't stopped for the Hungarian vignette at the border or at the first gas station (MOL) because I thought that everyone will stop there. I stopped at the toll plaza near Mosonmagyarovar, but I was so wrong. I waited 40 minutes to buy a vignette, although 4 or 5 lanes were open.

At Gyor bypass there was another accident so I left the motorway and went through the city. After Gyor I reentered M1, but only until Tatanabya. Between Tatabanya and Budapest Google Traffic said that there were 2 or 3 accidents, so I drove on the main road 1. I haven't entered M0 because of another accident being reported there, so I drove through Budapest city.

M5 from Budapest to Szeged (&Mako) was with a lot of traffic, but I could often go with 130 km/h. Then from Mako I went for Turnu/Battonya border crossing because I heard that at Nadlac the waiting time was very long. The road between Mako and Battonya is not the best one, but at least the border was free (so free that even the border guard wasn't there). We waited for him 1 minute to come (only the Romanian one came), checked our IDs and we had a short chat. He said that his colleagues from Nadlac are reporting massive queues, but people don't use the alternate crossing because they don't know about it.

All in all, instead of 7.5-8 hours drive, I did 12h50m (including about 1.5 hours stopping for eating and shopping).
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Old December 21st, 2014, 03:48 PM   #29510
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It was a big mistake to build Austrian S1 with only 2x2 lanes. It was overwhelmed with (truck) traffic from the moment it was completed from A2 to A4.
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Old December 21st, 2014, 04:02 PM   #29511
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It was a big mistake to build Austrian S1 with only 2x2 lanes. It was overwhelmed with (truck) traffic from the moment it was completed from A2 to A4.
and when they make the link to S2, it will be real bottleneck.
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Old December 21st, 2014, 04:10 PM   #29512
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A connection between Eisenstadt and Parndorf would be also useful.
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Old December 21st, 2014, 04:18 PM   #29513
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I was much later there than Bogdy. Approx. 19h in S1, and arrived 22:30 to Budapest. The situation was similar. But the real issue was not S1, further on A4 and M1 in Hungary, too, was very bad. S1 was only congested because the congestion from A4 was so bad that it congested S1, too.

I thought, it is very, very nice that there's no more border control between Austria and Hungary. I think with a basic border control at Hegyeshalom/Nickelsdorf, waiting time could have reached one day.
I pre-purchased the Austrian and Hungarian Vignette in Germany so from Bavaria up to Budapest I had nothing to do but drive, and stop if the car in front of me stops.
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A connection between Eisenstadt and Parndorf would be also useful.
why? whyat would we get with it? it would collect only traffic from S6 and Graz to direction Budapest.
Wien only needs more connections for south-north and east-west through traffic
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Old December 22nd, 2014, 12:02 AM   #29515
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Random linguistic oddity:

At the Pain Quotidien (a Belgian café/bakery/restaurant chain) in Philadelphia - well, one of them; there are at least two - the "push" sign on the door is in five languages - English, French, Dutch, Italian and Spanish. I'd noticed the Dutch before (Philadelphia's not exactly full of signs with Dutch on them), but I was just there and said to myself, why not German? The salt and pepper shakers are labeled in French, Dutch and English.

I ordered a bûche de Noël there.
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Old December 22nd, 2014, 12:24 AM   #29516
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I remember seeing a buche de Noel in my parents chest freezer in their garage. It said something like "happy 2001!"

It was 2010 I'm sure is still there...

happy winter solstice!
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Old December 22nd, 2014, 04:11 AM   #29517
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We needed 3.5 hours to cross the HR-SRB border on E70 on Saturday (8.30-12.00). That's the longest I've ever waited on a border. Many lanes open for cars, but only one for buses (no special EU lane). We needed 11.5 hours for 530 km, but it would've been even more if we'd crossed the main SLO-HR border checkpoint (we accidently used a local one instead, because our driver drove our bus where it was reserved for cars, so we had to turn around ). And I don't know whose brilliant idea it was to depart from Ljubljana at 2.30 if you wanna arrive in Belgrade early in the morning (we arrived at 14h). I've never seen such a stupid departure time from a tourist agency.
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Old December 22nd, 2014, 03:21 PM   #29518
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Scary accident on A-4 motorway in Spain, near Madrid. A driver ran over a Guardia Civil policeman who was standing near the police car parked in the left lane. The cop survived with several injures aften being thrown across the central barrier. Caught by CCTV.

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Old December 22nd, 2014, 05:47 PM   #29519
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Hence, "move-over laws" - a recent trend* in the U.S.

If you see an emergency vehicle (police car, ambulance, tow truck...) stopped on the right shoulder, you're supposed to move out of the right lane, if you can do so safely.

*This is a state-level thing, but many states have passed such laws in the last few years.
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Old December 22nd, 2014, 05:51 PM   #29520
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This accident doesn't have a lot to do with the 'move over' law in many U.S. states. The police car stopped in the left lane (out of three), while the crashing car came from the right lane, it seems like hydroplaning that got him to lose control and swerve over three lanes into the copper.
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