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Old May 14th, 2012, 03:04 AM   #13641
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Old May 14th, 2012, 09:55 AM   #13642
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Also, I heard about people booking a flight to Konstanz, Germany and arriving in Constanta, Romania instead...
It was one of my former co-workers.
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Old May 14th, 2012, 10:53 AM   #13643
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Did he enjoy the Romanian seaside?
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Old May 14th, 2012, 11:45 AM   #13644
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Did he enjoy the Romanian seaside?
My father did a road trip to Romania in the late 70s and he went also to the seaside (Constanta and Mamaia). He said that, although people living there were very poor and travelled mostly by donkey karts, seaside resorts looked very modern already back then. That's because the regime wanted to show its strenght to foreigners. In those years wasn't difficult for Westeners get a visa to Romania but was almost impossible to Rumanians going to Western Europe.
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Old May 14th, 2012, 11:51 AM   #13645
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Yeah, the seaside looked quite good back then, but now the quality of the services offered there is going down, so many romanians choose to go to the seaside in other countries (Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro).

I don't know how hard was to obtain the Romanian visa back then, but I know that for the Romanians it was almost impossible to get out of the country.
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Old May 14th, 2012, 12:04 PM   #13646
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pasante di Mestre rocks. Greetings from Padova.
You've been at 2 km from my house
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Old May 14th, 2012, 03:05 PM   #13647
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for the Romanians it was almost impossible to get out of the country.
Even in other Warsaw pact countries?
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Old May 14th, 2012, 03:07 PM   #13648
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Even there. The regime didn't issue passports for ordinary citizens.
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Old May 14th, 2012, 03:23 PM   #13649
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My father and his friends entered and left Romania from Yugoslavia (now Serbia). The border crossing on the Belgrade - Timisoara road took quite long and everything inside the car was inspected. But once inside the country they could wander anywhere for the whole time before their visa expired. There were paved roads connecting all towns but almost no motor vehicles. They meet many tourists from Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and DDR that were allowed to travel between Eastern countries and also few tourists from Western Europe. Poverty was very widespread but the country was safe for tourists because people lived in a state of police. In those years we (Western Europeans) we knew that they had no democracy and freedom but we weren't aware of all atrocities committed by regimes because many things were kept secret until 1989.
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Old May 14th, 2012, 03:40 PM   #13650
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While visiting Belgrade I remembered a problem that I hate while driving. When you enter a motorway/other road at a grade separated interchange you always get the yield sign:


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But after that sign you don't always know if you will have a merging lane...

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or not...

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If you have a merging lane you have to go faster, but if you don't maybe you even have to stop... but the problem is that you might expect to have a merging lane so you are not prepared for stopping. In Belgrade I had this problem in this interchange.
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Old May 14th, 2012, 04:33 PM   #13651
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oh, inconsistency on German highways is a thing we can talk about for ages.
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Old May 14th, 2012, 04:36 PM   #13652
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It's not about German highways, but highways in general. I just used those pics as an example.

I would like to see a clear way of pre-signalizing this 2 distinct situations. I think that if you have a merging lane you don't need the yield sign, but if they really want to keep the yield sign they should at least mount a STOP sign where there is no merging lane.
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Old May 14th, 2012, 04:45 PM   #13653
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Here is an example:



What do you have to do here? Approach at low speed because you might have to stop to give way to other traffic or you can accelerate your car because you have a merging lane and you have to keep up ~ the same speed with the comming traffic?
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Old May 14th, 2012, 06:06 PM   #13654
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but the Murphy's law says that you will allways have somebody merging with 50 km/h in front of you despite the long merging lanes.
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Old May 14th, 2012, 06:11 PM   #13655
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What do you have to do here? Approach at low speed because you might have to stop to give way to other traffic or you can accelerate your car because you have a merging lane and you have to keep up ~ the same speed with the comming traffic?
I agree with you, but there are already signs capable of telling the two situations apart: a yield sign for merging lanes and a stop sign for a direct connection. I've seen some, especially on shorter-than-usual ramps due to roadworks.
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Old May 14th, 2012, 06:27 PM   #13656
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The easy and clear solution are variants of this:

(e.g. here in "action")
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Old May 14th, 2012, 07:33 PM   #13657
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Sadly in most countries this is considered too "unsafe".

I would like to see that to be allowed here on older motorway interchanges, but I must do that illegally although it would decrease some congestion on side road entering main one.
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Old May 14th, 2012, 11:05 PM   #13658
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I suppose it won't take long before balls are ending up on the motorway.
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New rules: if you send the ball in the opponents' net by overpassing the motorway, you score 3 points
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