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Old May 24th, 2010, 09:29 PM   #7841
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Old May 24th, 2010, 09:36 PM   #7842
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I'm surprised by the long theory lessons though. In the Netherlands theory lessons are optional, just as long as you'll pass the theory exam.
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Old May 24th, 2010, 10:04 PM   #7843
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During that time you cannot drive faster than 90km/h and you also have to attend a slippery-surface driving course(6 x 45min of theory, 8 x 25 min of practice).

How it is possible to drive a car on a motorway at 90 km/h?
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Old May 24th, 2010, 10:58 PM   #7844
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How it is possible to drive a car on a motorway at 90 km/h?
We have no motorways and only around 90km of dual carriageways in Estonia so ...
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Old May 24th, 2010, 11:03 PM   #7845
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I'm surprised by the long theory lessons though. In the Netherlands theory lessons are optional, just as long as you'll pass the theory exam.
I didn't have to take so many theory lessons, though. But that was because my course was partly internet-based. I had to do tests at eSchool regularly to be allowed to make the final test. We have 4 exams all together: a theory exam and a driving exam both at the driving school and at the
Estonian Motor Vehicle Registration Centre(ARK).
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Old May 24th, 2010, 11:17 PM   #7846
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We have no motorways and only around 90km of dual carriageways in Estonia so ...
You are always typing about motorways in your thread. Anyway, that Estonian thread is called [EST] Highways & Motorways in Estonia | Eesti teed. I thought you have many kilometres of motorways.

If in Estonia you cannot drive faster than 90km/h what`s the speed limit? I am wondering cos you don`t have a motorways. In Slovakia there is a speed limit 130 km/h on a motorways and 90 km/h on the other roads out of a city.

btw, are there junction like on a motorways on your dual carriageways?
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Old May 24th, 2010, 11:26 PM   #7847
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Back from a weekendtrip to Sauerland (Germany) and Luxemburg. This was my first camping experience since I was a little child, but I loved it. It was also the first time I drove in luxemburg, gotta love driving there.
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Old May 24th, 2010, 11:45 PM   #7848
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I'm surprised by the long theory lessons though. In the Netherlands theory lessons are optional, just as long as you'll pass the theory exam.
we have 30x45min theory, 9x45min first aid lessons and 35x60min driving (of which 5 hours at training lot)
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Old May 25th, 2010, 11:30 AM   #7849
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You are always typing about motorways in your thread. Anyway, that Estonian thread is called [EST] Highways & Motorways in Estonia | Eesti teed. I thought you have many kilometres of motorways.

If in Estonia you cannot drive faster than 90km/h what`s the speed limit? I am wondering cos you don`t have a motorways. In Slovakia there is a speed limit 130 km/h on a motorways and 90 km/h on the other roads out of a city.

btw, are there junction like on a motorways on your dual carriageways?
I didn't create the thread and thus didn't write the title for the thread either. .

Older dual carriageways sometimes have U-turns and at-grade junctions but newly built ones are with limited-access and grade-separated junctions. The speed limit on dual carriageways is 110km/h during the summer but only 90km/h during the rest of the year. Other roads generally have a speed limit of 90km/h which on better roads is increased to 100km/h for the summertime.
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Old May 25th, 2010, 06:26 PM   #7850
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Another cow crossing (plus the farmer's wife who - from the looks of it - just ate an entire cow )
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Old May 26th, 2010, 12:07 AM   #7851
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Just came back from Europe a few hours ago!
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Old May 26th, 2010, 12:17 AM   #7852
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How are you feeling about Europe now?

pleas name the places where you was..
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Old May 26th, 2010, 02:58 AM   #7853
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I've been to:
Amsterdam
-Rotterdam
-The Hague
Berlin
Munich
London
-Windsor and Stonehenge
Paris
-Brussels

(The indented locations were visited in a single day without overnight stay)

The trip was very nice - we saw most of the "famous" places and landmarks and got a taste of Europe. It is certainly a very interesting place to visit, but I still prefer to live in Canada, for various reasons .

Out of all the places, I really liked NL. It seemed to me like a better place to live (as opposed to just being a tourist) compared to the other countries I visited. I was also very impressed by the fluency of what seemed to be the entire population in the English language. Also, people were very helpful and often asked us whether we needed directions. The only negative was that we were there during the garbage strike in Amsterdam, so garbage cans everywhere were overflowing. Also, I almost got killed by bicycles on at least several occasions .

Germany was pretty nice. Berlin felt more like a large modern city with huge historic monuments, whereas Munich had more of the ancient-looking streets and traditional neighbourhoods. Due to my Russian Jewish heritage, the history was very interesting to me.

I liked London a lot too. It was more reminiscent of home (except for the driving on the wrong side - which confused me sometimes when crossing the street ), and I really enjoyed walking along the Thames river and getting nice views from the bridges. The Tube was pretty nice as well - a very clean and efficient system (although the trains are much smaller than what I am used to).

Paris is of course, Paris . Lots of history, really impressive architecture, and there is definitely a special atmosphere. However, it was not my favourite. I found the city overall to be somewhat dirty, and especially the subway, while being very efficient, is quite rundown. Also, communicating using English was definitely the hardest in Paris.

But of course, it's hard to say from just a few days in each city. Overall I had an enjoyable stay, and will come again (and probably visit the other European countries I didn't get a chance to visit).
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Old May 27th, 2010, 12:48 AM   #7854
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Out of all the places, I really liked NL. It seemed to me like a better place to live (as opposed to just being a tourist) compared to the other countries I visited.
You might think different if you'd live here. Amsterdam isn't that representative for our country as a whole, imo.

About the knowledge of English: children here are getting English classes already at the age of +- 10 years old. Also, loads of English words are integrated in our language (sometimes a bit too much, I think) and we seem to be one of the rare countries that always use subtitles instead of synchronization on foreign movies/news/documantaries etc.

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Old May 27th, 2010, 12:52 AM   #7855
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You might think different if you'd live here. Amsterdam isn't that representative for our country as a whole, imo.

About the knowledge of English: children here are getting English classes already at the age of +- 10 years old. Also, loads of English words are integrated (sometimes a bit too much, I think) and we seem to be one of the rare countries that always use subtitles instead of synchronization on foreign movies/news/documantaries etc.
also in Norway

I like Polish films with one speaking voice all the time.
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Old May 27th, 2010, 01:12 AM   #7856
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... plus the farmer's wife who - from the looks of it - just ate an entire cow
Phew, what an amazing derrière!
It's mesmerising and gives me narcolepsy!

But what is that darker patch in the middle?


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... I like Polish films with one speaking voice all the time.
Nah, original version with subtitles is always best, followed by proper professional dubbing.
Having a lector doing real-time translation is frustrating at times.


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Old May 27th, 2010, 05:19 AM   #7857
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Guys a quick question. A few days back I had a situation in London. It all happened in the city during the busy lunchtime.

I was walking on a pedestrian sidewalk and crossed some small street on my way. At the same time there was a car turning to that little street from the main street.

Who has the right of way? Of course I could have just stopped and let the car go but I was really on a hurry and just made my way without waiting for the car to pass or stop and let me go first. What the driver did, he signalled with a horn angrily without even intending to slow down and then did it again a few times after I was on the other side of the little street making my way further on the sidewalk away from the scene. I turned around and angrily shouted "**** you ****" clearly showing my midle finger to him (it was a Toyota prius, so this made me loose even more respect to him ). Who was right in this kind of situation according to the British traffic rules?

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Old May 27th, 2010, 10:17 AM   #7858
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The pedestrian has right-of-way. It continues in the same direction while the car does not. At least, that's the rule in the Netherlands.
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Old May 27th, 2010, 11:58 AM   #7859
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I can't find the link, but one user from Britain once said that the law in England don't give pedestrians the right-of way, not even on road crossings.
I am still searching for that link but I remember I was amazed.
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Old May 27th, 2010, 12:49 PM   #7860
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In most European countries, the pedestrian would have the right of way.
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