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Old December 25th, 2016, 05:30 AM   #35141
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Well, there're no Alps or Pyrenees between Postojna and Rijeka. You can meat bears in not particularly interesting parts of Slovenia (dark forests), although they're also in some tourist areas, like south of Ljubljana, lol.
I know, that is the problem, bears are something I don't want spreading in numbers to Julian Alps.
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Old December 25th, 2016, 12:52 PM   #35142
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Does someone know where there is this tunnel?

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Old December 25th, 2016, 12:59 PM   #35143
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Looks like a very old pic of Madeira island. But I could be wrong.
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Old December 25th, 2016, 01:33 PM   #35144
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Nope, that is the Amalfi coast route/road (SS 163 Amalfitana)
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Old December 25th, 2016, 01:47 PM   #35145
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Old December 25th, 2016, 02:36 PM   #35146
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Western Europe should be kept bear- and big cat- free. If bears keep expanding their range and repopulate the Alps, it will make them unsafe for solo hiking and the like. I read bears and wolverines are an issue in Scandinavia. No need for these animals in the Alps or the Pyrenees
as Verso said, those were not Alps, and that area is natural habitat of bears. bobcats, too (when you already mention big cats). and i hope it will remain as that, especially for bobcats who are still on the edge of existance.
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Old December 25th, 2016, 02:46 PM   #35147
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as Verso said, those were not Alps, and that area is natural habitat of bears. bobcats, too (when you already mention big cats). and i hope it will remain as that, especially for bobcats who are still on the edge of existance.
Bobcats are okay-ish, they are often very shy and will run away from humans unless cornered, mountain lions are more problematic.

Bobcats are plentiful in North America.
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Old December 25th, 2016, 03:21 PM   #35148
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Bobcats are okay-ish, they are often very shy and will run away from humans unless cornered, mountain lions are more problematic.
does that live in Europe?
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Old December 25th, 2016, 04:34 PM   #35149
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I met an old friend of the family.
He bought a Skoda Octavia 9 years ago. Back then it was easy to buy a car in Hungary even if you had no money: gettint a credit was very easy. The price of the car was 3.1 million forint, he had 300,000, got a credit of 2.8 M.
Forint had very high interest rates so many people got credits based in Swiss Franc (Forint credit interests were above 30%, Franc credit interests were around 4-5%).
Unfortunately HUF/CHF exchange rates changed drastically. He paid the same monthly redemption 9 years long. The car is 9 years old, has 245,000 kms. And his debt is now 3.5 million forint.

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Old December 25th, 2016, 04:59 PM   #35150
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Many Romanians also took credits in CHF.
But I think in the end banks renegotiated the contracts with them after value of CHF changed drastically
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Old December 25th, 2016, 06:18 PM   #35151
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I know, that is the problem, bears are something I don't want spreading in numbers to Julian Alps.
Well... The West-Europeans have destroyed most of their forests and nature several hundreds years ago. This is why it is understandable to feel exaggerated fear about irrational threats.

It is estimated that about 1700-1800 brown bears live in Finland. During the last 100 years, one people have been killed by a bear. In the same period, tens of thousand people have been killed by cars.
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Old December 25th, 2016, 06:56 PM   #35152
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I met an old friend of the family.
He bought a Skoda Octavia 9 years ago. Back then it was easy to buy a car in Hungary even if you had no money: gettint a credit was very easy. The price of the car was 3.1 million forint, he had 300,000, got a credit of 2.8 M.
Forint had very high interest rates so many people got credits based in Swiss Franc (Forint credit interests were above 30%, Franc credit interests were around 4-5%).
Unfortunately HUF/CHF exchange rates changed drastically. He paid the same monthly redemption 9 years long. The car is 9 years old, has 245,000 kms. And his debt is now 3.5 million forint.
it's ok when it's about car. how about folks who bought flats on credit in CHF?
btw i am still very doubtfull whether it is banks' robbery, or just people taking risk with suffering eventual conseuences (which transformed from eventual to realistic).
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Old December 25th, 2016, 07:02 PM   #35153
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Well... The West-Europeans have destroyed most of their forests and nature several hundreds years ago. This is why it is understandable to feel exaggerated fear about irrational threats.

It is estimated that about 1700-1800 brown bears live in Finland. During the last 100 years, one people have been killed by a bear. In the same period, tens of thousand people have been killed by cars.
btw, nice quote, i have somehow forgotten to give him an answer that i cannot believe that somebody would like to extinct wild animals just to have so-called secure trekking paths. awful.
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Old December 26th, 2016, 12:31 AM   #35154
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Does someone know where there is this tunnel?

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It was a trick. I actually know where is that place. Is the 'Strada Napoleonica' hiking trail on the Carso plateau, above Trieste, northern Italy. The photo is from the 1970s, but the place still looks like that today.

The funny thing is that... there isn't any tunnel along that trail and there has never been one.
Now look at the picture again... you can probably see that the 'tunnel' is actually the shadow of a rock in the mountain.
It's amazing how sometimes the perspective can be misleading.
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Old December 26th, 2016, 11:15 AM   #35155
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Nope, that is the Amalfi coast route/road (SS 163 Amalfitana)
Looks like a tunnel between Sorrento & Napoli. It was 26 years ago when I was there so could be way off the mark.
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Old December 26th, 2016, 12:37 PM   #35156
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Old December 26th, 2016, 12:45 PM   #35157
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Is the internet server in your basement?
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Old December 26th, 2016, 12:58 PM   #35158
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Bernie Sanders finds that unacceptable.
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Old December 26th, 2016, 12:58 PM   #35159
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no, only that the fiber optics cable comes all the way up to the apartment
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Old December 26th, 2016, 01:20 PM   #35160
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A friend of mine spent some months around Romania for a project she was involved into and she noticed that fast internet was available virtually everywhere, even in a remote village near the Moldovan border. I've heard that it's like that because in Romania is allowed to put overhead cables across city streets, while in Western Europe they have to put them underground for aestetic reasons, making fast internet more expensive to implement.
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