Off-Road in the Carpathians
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23 July till 23 August 2016 (32 days, 4.5 weeks!). Joh and I exploring the Carpathians. We drove 7.020 km in total. From Berlin through Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Transnistria, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia back to Poland. We met JT and … Read More

Shock! Road Blocked Near Our Home
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After literally thousands of kilometers, THIS SIGN is NOT going to stop us from crossing Teltow canal.

OK, OK, we are Leaving Border Areas!
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To our readers: We will have arrived home before Ample Strike 2016 starts, no worries. “From 30 August to 20 September 2016, the international Forward Air Controller (FAC) exercise Ample Strike 2016(AMSE16) is going to take place in the Czech Republic. … Read More

Poor Andrej Ľudovít Radlinský
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Could not find out why he is so depressed, since Wikipedia articles are only in languages I don’t speak well enough.

Margot Lives!
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In Slovakia.

Praktiker to Sekule
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We are on the way home. Hungary is boringly flat but it has excellent highways. So we drive as much as we can – and even bought a vignette, since the deal of driving an entire evening on good highways … Read More

Distillery on Offer at Praktiker (Romania)
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Remember insolvent Praktiker? They sell distilleries in Romania.

Splitting Up at Praktiker
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After final sharing of pictures via PhotoSynch and bying pots, gas cartridge cooker and other stuff for JT and KM. See you at home in September!

Bicycle Routes in Ukraine
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We are used to finding these things in EU countries – and surprised to find them here.

Changing a Tire on Schnuckelputz
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Bad roads made a puncture. KM changed the tire quickly. JT did not like the day… but enjoyed the off-road exercise.

Off-Road Picked by KM
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Right after breakfast, KM picked an off-road route through the woods. Driving through the woods was demanding. It started to rain and the path got muddier and more slippery. JT walked ahead and scouted the obstacles. KM did a very good … Read More

Heating Water and Making Coffee on Hot Engines
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Our gas cartridge is running out, so we check the options of heating water or making coffee on the hot engines. Sounds plausible? But does not work. The engines cool off too fast after switching them off or vibrate too much … Read More

License Plate Almost Lost Again
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The position of the license plate fixture on Schnuckelputz is crap.

Off-Road Training Boot Camp
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The place was ideal to exercise downhill driving over rocks and backing up in mud.

Ooops, a hacksaw
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Repairing the license plate – JT discovered that they also brought a hacksaw. Luckily, their hacksaw was not found during the search at the border some days ago.

Chairs
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Lunch at a Fishing Restaurant
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Again, dead cheap. 180 Grw / 6 Euro for 4 meals and 3 beverages.

Don’t drive without license
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… was JT’s interpretation. Unfortunately, we can not read what the sign says.

Heroes from the 2014 Euromaidan
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See here for details. We were surprised to see the Nationalists red-black flag as well.

BBQ with 3 Ukrainians Near Nahuievycha
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A. had several Vodkas and several Kirsch Schnaps. We threw in our Moldovan vodka, but they jokingly said that only Ukrainian vodka is good vodka. So A. got 2 Ukrainian bottles from the car and everybody was happy. Sergei was … Read More

Driving Schnuckelputz
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JT driving her own car for the first time. She will hopefully pass her driver’s license after the holidays.

Lustdorf in a Ukrainian Supermarket
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Not sure if this is Ukrainian marketing brilliance.

Lunch Stop in Ukraine
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4 Meals with 4 beverages for 204 Grw / 6.80 Euro.

Torn apart at the Ukrainian border
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JT and KM wanted to visit Ukraine, so we are heading for the Ukrainian Carpathians which we had skipped on our journey via Lvov, Kiev, and Odessa to Moldova. The queue at the Polish-Ukrainian border was insignificant, but the legal … Read More

School in Poland
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Hero fighter for didactic reasons, probably.

Route Planning with JT and KM
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For this trip, it is important to visualize where the Carpathians are – they have the shape of a banana.

Good Morning in Jawor
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We woke up with the sound of cows approaching. The cows had to cross the field that we were residing in. When the cowboy removed even the smaller branches that had been left unburned next to our fire place, we … Read More

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