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Old June 13th, 2015, 07:07 PM   #31841
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Sunset tonight in Amsterdam at 22:03. (I've now got A'dam, Brussels and Paris set iny weather app.). I'm jealous of northern Europe this time of year. Latest sunset we get is about 20:35.
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Old June 13th, 2015, 07:41 PM   #31842
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He was driving 150 km/h on a motorway where 120 km/h is allowed.
Wow, and the fine was only 2500 dinars?

I was fined 3000 for driving without lights on 4 years ago, but a spot of "negotiation" got that down to 10 Euro without any questions. It did involve being absolutely cheeky and explaining in Polish that it was better for both of us for him to take the money and go away rather than waste his and my time with the paperwork.

Montenegro on the other hand was much more straightforward - "here's 10 Euro, is everything ok?".

Can't stand people complaining when they actually have done something wrong though. That guy was just a typical American ass - fair enough, he couldn't read the paperwork, but once it was explained in English - why moan?
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Old June 13th, 2015, 08:15 PM   #31843
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Sunset tonight in Amsterdam at 22:03. (I've now got A'dam, Brussels and Paris set iny weather app.). I'm jealous of northern Europe this time of year. Latest sunset we get is about 20:35.
Quite the difference indeed. Here it doesn't get properly dark, but at least the sun sets unlike in the far north.


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Old June 13th, 2015, 10:19 PM   #31844
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Can't stand people complaining when they actually have done something wrong though. That guy was just a typical American ass - fair enough, he couldn't read the paperwork, but once it was explained in English - why moan?
Perhaps he was just typical of asses, American or otherwise....
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Old June 13th, 2015, 10:57 PM   #31845
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Major concerns regarding North American driving and signs compared to Europe are:

- the fact prohibition signs (on a white circle with red border) don't have a cross over it (like a left arrow sign on such circle means no left turn)
Bad example, arrows are actually crossed out.
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Old June 14th, 2015, 11:21 AM   #31846
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- beware of paid parking, even in small cities: instead of meters near each spot, you often need to find a nearby ticket machine, get a receipt after you pay, and put it visible from your windshield.
In Serbia you can also pay by SMS, but you need a Serbian phone number, and, of course, enough credit. Parking tickets are purchased at kiosks.
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Old June 14th, 2015, 11:26 AM   #31847
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Same is also possible in The Netherlands in most cities.
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- beware of paid parking, even in small cities: instead of meters near each spot, you often need to find a nearby ticket machine, get a receipt after you pay, and put it visible from your windshield.
Fun fact: in The Netherlands - when you follow the law to the letter - you actually need a receipt from the ticket machine before you park your car in a paid parking spot.
It's not enforced at all though so you can happily park your car and then get the receipt and then put it behind your windshield.
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Old June 14th, 2015, 11:45 AM   #31848
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This Wikipedia page is a good start.

Major concerns regarding North American driving and signs compared to Europe are:

- the principle of blank speed limits withing official urban areas (marked with a city/town name when you enter, and the same crossed diagonally when you exit)

- no right turn on red light

- transit (bus, bus+ taxi) only lanes - they are always marked but it can be tricky

- the fact prohibition signs (on a white circle with red border) don't have a cross over it (like a left arrow sign on such circle means no left turn)

- "Speed Zones" marked when you enter them (like Zone 30 in cities or Zone 60 in back country roads) and when you exit them

- beware of paid parking, even in small cities: instead of meters near each spot, you often need to find a nearby ticket machine, get a receipt after you pay, and put it visible from your windshield.

As you probably know, European traffic signaling rely much more on pictures then text, so you should be fine.
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Old June 14th, 2015, 12:14 PM   #31849
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Many rental cars have automatic transmission. You can usually select your preference. In addition, the share of automatic transmissions is increasing in Europe.
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Old June 14th, 2015, 03:48 PM   #31850
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After I bought Egyptian potatoes last month, this time I bought Egyptian grapes. Man, it's the best grapes I've ever had.
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Old June 14th, 2015, 04:11 PM   #31851
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yesterday i was driving along A3 during the sunset around 21h. obviously it's the time when those bastards go to feed themselves, or mate, or whatever. but there were zillions of them. i stopped each 80km to wash my windshield manually, and other drivers had the same problems too.



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Old June 14th, 2015, 04:14 PM   #31852
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Old June 14th, 2015, 04:15 PM   #31853
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I had the same problem in Spain, my car looked like that as well. Especially when crossing the Ebro delta, it was like driving through rain. The wiper washer fluid is useless, this time of the year they immediately burn into the windshield on impact. So you have to pull over and clean it manually.
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Old June 14th, 2015, 04:23 PM   #31855
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My car regularly looks like that. The same auto brand and color but different model btw...
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Old June 14th, 2015, 04:26 PM   #31856
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I had the same problem yesterday. I drove my car to a Car-wash, for the same bug related reasons - i was not able to clean my windshield any more . But when i came home ,the car was again all covered with those bugs, mosquitoes, wasps..you name it..what a waste of money that was..
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Old June 14th, 2015, 04:31 PM   #31857
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the bad thing is when you leave those dead bugs to be roasted on the sun. then you cannot wash them easily. this went down more or less okay because i went to carwash immidiately in the morning.

btw, interesting thing to me about it is when i am driving, killing the bugs, and then when i drive beside flowering rapeseed field, bugs intestinals are yellow
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Old June 14th, 2015, 05:44 PM   #31858
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i think the light attracts them in the night.
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Old June 14th, 2015, 05:51 PM   #31859
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those insects, you would expect them to evolve over all those years of artificial lights, but no they remain dumb.

http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and...ttracted-light
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Old June 14th, 2015, 06:24 PM   #31860
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i think the light attracts them in the night.
I usually catch them in broad daylight!
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