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Old December 4th, 2012, 07:22 PM   #17401
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I agree. Budapest is one of the most spectacular Capital in Europe. Vienna is great, too, however I would not put it in the same league.

There are 3 things about Austria, which make this country similar to Eastern Europe (mostly Poland) to a certain extend :
1. Kitsch.
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2. Huge number of this crappy, ugly, mostly unreadable billboards and banners.
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3. Noise barriers. They just grew up recently by Austrian motorways.
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I wanted to say about motorways' prostitutes, however they can be found in Spain and Italy, as well. In the Netherlands and Belgium I've seen male prostitutes in motorways' lay-bys.
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Old December 4th, 2012, 10:18 PM   #17402
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In the rich world, people seem to be driving less than they used to
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Old December 4th, 2012, 11:38 PM   #17403
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its not Austria that is similar to EE, former Austrian EE countries are similar to Austria

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Old December 5th, 2012, 01:26 AM   #17404
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its not autria that is similar to EE, former austriam EE countries are similar to austria
Let alone the fact that pics above refers to the urban Austria (probably near Vienna), that is very different from the typical, stereotypized, Austrian landscape with green mountains and small towns that can be found in Tyrol or Carintia.
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Old December 5th, 2012, 02:25 AM   #17405
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...or oberkrain
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Old December 5th, 2012, 10:51 AM   #17406
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Does anyone know if this pic is real and where is it?
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Old December 5th, 2012, 10:58 AM   #17407
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No it's not real. It's the I-405 in Los Angeles (near Sepulveda Pass).
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Old December 5th, 2012, 12:32 PM   #17408
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You mean they have doubled by Photoshop the number of lanes? And merged two different pictures of the same place, as the cars on each 5-lane version are different?
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Old December 5th, 2012, 12:37 PM   #17409
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It was taken from the Getty Center. This is what it looks like in reality.
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Old December 5th, 2012, 01:26 PM   #17410
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yes, I know, I found it in Google Earth... Where on the latest picture the traffic actually is quite less
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Old December 5th, 2012, 06:44 PM   #17411
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And what about Americans? They think that Slovakia is part of France or that it is located somewhere in Siberia
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USA'ns are really bad in Geography. Not to blame them, but the sole centric of world view of their media and system is tho.

When news agencies make fatal mistakes over and over again you wonder if they even care to take a look on a map....
Generalize much?

Don't make me look up the YouTube video of geographically-ignorant Parisians....

And what's a USA'n?
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Old December 5th, 2012, 06:45 PM   #17412
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If it's Tuesday this must be Belgium.
Well, one Tuesday's really enough for Belgium (JOKING! Love Belgium dearly, even when they're being annoying.)
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Old December 5th, 2012, 06:51 PM   #17413
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Lincoln and Bismarck . And out from memory. I know the names of all 50 capitols of the USA .
[Tongue in cheek mode on, because I'm in a good mood:]
Just for your "dumb" remarks, I sentence you to learn the difference between "capital" and "capitol." And "out from memory" is not English. It may well be Lazy-Continentals'-Esperantlish, but that's not the same thing.
[Tongue in cheek mode off.]
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Old December 5th, 2012, 07:05 PM   #17414
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Quite impressive if you know all the state capitols
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Old December 5th, 2012, 07:16 PM   #17415
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Old December 5th, 2012, 07:20 PM   #17416
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Quite impressive if you know all the state capitols
Well, at least where are the state capitols, which are the state capitals . They should rename the state of Vermont to New Herault, though...
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Old December 5th, 2012, 07:24 PM   #17417
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Funny how Russian translates everything phonetically instead of literally.
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Old December 5th, 2012, 07:31 PM   #17418
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Just having glanced at that for ten seconds, I would have expected a KC in the middle of "Texas," instead of an X.

EDIT: Although on reflection, with the X it just ends up sounding Spanish, which is historically appropriate.
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Old December 5th, 2012, 07:36 PM   #17419
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Actually, not everything.
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Old December 5th, 2012, 07:49 PM   #17420
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Generalize much?

Don't make me look up the YouTube video of geographically-ignorant Parisians....

And what's a USA'n?
C´mon, most of Americans doesn´t even know where is Tennesee.

And I speak a little Russian, so the state names in Russian language are really funny
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