Mine Workers in Action
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The guy lives in a camper across the street. He had worked in the mine, which is not operational anymore for 17 years. He explains that these 2 pieces have 5% of Chromium. While chromium metal and Cr(III) ions are … Read More

Forest Fire en Route!
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Driving off-road may lead to unexpected situations. We see forest fires in the distance – judging from the Open Street Maps which we are using, we may have to pass through or nearby. The fires are not small – they … Read More

Joh on Stromboli – at 1:25 in the Morning
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It turns out that we could witness some very nice eruptions from a smaller crater on the way up. There are actually 7 craters with 2 craters being active. On the top, we were covered by sulphuric steam and could … Read More

Ready to Go for Stromboli
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Here is a video by some volcano researchers who climbed Stromboli in day light. Please ignore the helmets… Here is another, more detailed video. These guys took the old route, which we also took. At 700 m, there seems to be … Read More

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

Slovakian Police Escort to Lake Benatina
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We tried to reach a spot on top of a hill where we had seen antenna towers. Our way led us past a cemetery outside a village. On the road to the cemetery, we encountered Slovakian border patrol with a … Read More

Roșia Poieni Toxic Copper Waste
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The Roșia Poieni copper mine is a large open pit copper mine in the center of Romania. Roșia Poieni represents the largest copper reserve in Romania and the second largest in Europe having estimated reserves of 1.5 billion tonnes of ore … Read More

Tintareni to Buteni
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We might have entered Transnistria illegally. We travelled on a dirt road and Joh swore this was the only way to get into Transnistria. The road got worse. Except for 1 or 2 cars, we did not see anyone. Suddenly, … Read More

Ooops, This is a Strange Memorial
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It looks like we are … in Transnistria… without crossing a border, filling in forms, having our car searched.

Avoid Demonstrating Pro-Russian Pilgrims
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Cool, we now understand better what we saw in Kiev on the 28th! Thanks, Andreij, for explaining it to us: Groups from the Moscow patriarchate, the Russian orthodox church (which is separate from the Ukrainian orthodox church) made a pilgrimage … Read More

The Bush Behind which the Secret Service was Hiding
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We chose the spot for our first night of wild camping in Ukraine wisely. We were in bed, listing to the silence. Suddenly, a car approached. “A” saw distinct 2 light beams. After the bush, only 1 light beam (and … Read More

Lunch in Velika Kladuša in Bosnia and Herzegovina – near Jihadists
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After we got rejected by the border police in Bosnia and Herzegovina (near Zrilić/ Croatia) for a second time, we tried a bigger post at Velika Kladuša and had a fatty lunch. Ooops: The area around Velika Kladusa, located directly … Read More

Our Contribution to Mindsweeping Operations
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They had spare signs in the ambulance which we could use for some posing.

Minesweeper at Work
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Suddenly, we meet minesweepers working next to our road. The girl was a medic. She was 5 when the war ended. The guy spoke decent German and explained about minesweeping, Bosnian neighborhood and his opinion about Germany accepting refugees (he … Read More

Danger of Mines – Keep on Track
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Caution going off road … Minefields in Croatia are thought to contain approximately 46,317 land mines, in addition to unexploded ordnance left over from the Croatian War of Independence. Find out all about Mine Action in Croatia on this website.

We Spend the Night in “The most radioactive town in Europe”
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Arghh. This is what happens if you don’t know history: You camp and walk around in plutonium contaminated areas! We spend the night in “The most radioactive town in Europe“. This article (in German) has all the details how Villaricos, … Read More

Atrá to Atrá
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What a great tour! Incredibly scenic. Pretty exhausting. The gas station just before Atrá saved my life. I ran out of water and had eaten all carbo. I was almost unable to swallow the last chocoloate brioche. The planned tour … Read More