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Old 28th September 2010, 09:06   #241
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Sam whats the music playing in this video? Absolutely (don't have words for it).I'm sending over an ipod classic to you.You send yours back to me.Amazing music taste you have.
Thank you. That is "42 burning violins" by a band called "Kalabi" off the self-titled album - one of my favourites.
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So, 3-4 countries, and no border checks in between.

In India, try crossing borders of districts, and think of the pain one has to undergo at the checkposts. You will fint RTO, sales tax, excise, Octroi and whatnot checkposts within a few meters.

And just think of what "papers" mamus will search for when you are flagged down.

Yes, my India is shining.

Sorry, can't resist this rant.
And I cannot resist responding.

Rules and checks are a part of any country, especially when you have one as vast and populous as ours.
I agree with you, octroi (present only in a few states) is a ancient and stupid law that should be abolished and this will make transport of goods between states faster and more efficient.

Anyone who has seen the hundreds of trucks lined up overnight at an octroi check naka will agree.

However, there is no RTO or any kind of border control between states in India. Usually there is simply a sign that says "welcome to Rajasthan" or something similar. So I beg to differ.

However when it comes to toll: there are toll booths present everywhere in many european countries. Germany however is toll-free, perhaps they recover the toll from the cost of fuel, which is substantially lower in neighbouring Austria (where they use the vignette system plus toll too)
And BSD, toll in europe is expensive.

On the italian brenner way, we paid about 20 euros. That's about 1300 rupees. No Indian toll costs that much. On this entire trip we paid about 10000 rupees in toll. Plus another hefty sum which will follow as part of my story.

So it isn't all as rosy as one would assume. And the countries that are border-free with each other have the toughest immigration and visa laws to begin with.
Tried getting your first Schengen visa? It isn't a cakewalk.

And your first point of entry into these borderless countries? You are scrutinized and questioned (however - in the most decent and polite way possible)

The european law system works, without being totally in your face. And people follow the system, without thinking about "ME, first!" Or "who cares!" - it isn't our legal system that is faulty. It's us who either "don't care" or think that we're above it. There's absolutely nothing wrong with India.

It is us Indians that need to take a good look at the mirror.

Needless to say - all of the above is strictly my personal opinion.

Sorry, now I couldn't resist that rant. Lol.
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@SafeDrive... Keeping headlights on is actually "Safe Drive".
Usually it is recommended (and sometimes mandated by the traffic rules) to keep your headlights ON on windy roads. It is much easier for the oncoming traffic to notice you. Notice the dark patches on the roads with shades from nearby trees. Sometimes when you are going from bright sunlight to these shady areas your eyes take time to adjust to the change in brightness. Having a light shine infront of you helps you notice the oncoming traffic better.
That makes sense. I was just comparing against some of the countries where I have driven where it is mandatory to have your headlights on under bad light conditions. Eg- US where you ahve to have your headlights on when it rains. But yes, this does make sense and it is a safe driving habit.
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In UK, motor cyclists are recommended to drive with headlights on in the day: it can make all the difference between being seen and not being seen, and that can make all the difference to staying alive. If you do it in a car, though, everybody will flash you.
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Default Rab. Now what?

We leave the ferry smiling, but have no idea where to go next. The book tells us of the medieval and quait town of Rab, in the middle of Rab island, or of the peninsula Lopar or more.

We just begin to drive from end to end, choosing to visit the peninsula Lopar first.

We don't like it.

It's very touristy. Either with the beach hippies or the camping villages. Not our scene. We move back towards the town centre.

As we cross coast after coast and beach after beach it finally hits us. It is as we were warned. There are no beaches in Croatia.

There are literally no beaches. There are rocks and pebbles and then water. Oh crystal clear water, no doubt, but there is no sand. Nowhere.

Your choices are to walk all over the white rocks and pebbles and jump into the water or go to the concreted piers or walkways - and jump in.

I do not know how hard this is for you to digest, but it was plenty hard for me. I've associated the sea with soft sand my whole life. This is just weird.

Anyways, there are a lot of cute local houses, almost all of them offer one or more rooms for rent.
We find one we like and settle down.

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And I cannot resist responding.

The european law system works, without being totally in your face. And people follow the system, without thinking about "ME, first!" Or "who cares!" - it isn't our legal system that is faulty. It's us who either "don't care" or think that we're above it. There's absolutely nothing wrong with India.

It is us Indians that need to take a good look at the mirror.
I fully agree !! introspection is called for regarding our behaviour in general.
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Default At the isle of Rab

We walk around a bit, trying to get our bearings. It's almost evening so we have a few hours before the sun decides to set.


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We park good old 888 near the bay and go further exploring by foot.<br /> <br /> <a href=YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-dsc_8779_l.jpg <br /> <br /> <a href=YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-dsc_8781_l.jpg
First a quick swim. Not for me though, one touch of the water and I realise the water is waaaay too cold for me.<br />
Madame decides to swim anyway, as I sit back, relax and take a few photos.<br /> <br /> <br /> <a href=YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-dsc_8782_l.jpg
As I take the photo above, I marvel at how amazingly crystal clear the water is.<br /> <i><br />
Is it salty??</i> I shout out to Jenny.<br />
She tries it. <i>Yes!</i><br /> <br />
I could have sworn it was fresh water.<br /> <br /> <a href=YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-dsc_8789_l.jpg <br /> <br />
A long walk along the bay, some food and drinks and a beautiful sunset.<br /> <br /> <a href=YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-dsc_8790_l.jpg <br /> <a href=YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-dsc_8791t_l.jpg <br /> <a href=YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-dsc_8792t_l.jpg <br />
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Beaches... not limited to sand. No way!

I grew up with all kinds of beaches, from big rocks to stones to pebbles to grit to sand. Some of the sand was golden and beautiful, and some ...wasn't. Actually, there probably should be mud mentioned in there too! My favourite kind of beach: stones that are big enough to jump from one to the other (carreful, if they shift, an ankle injury can result) and with some rocks big enough to sit on; rocks with pool in them, containing a wonderful variety of fish and other creatures. Sand? well, I don't object, but it is not my favourite!

Sam, that was a wonderful drive, with the most fantastic views. Brilliant photos and video. Excellent job done steadying the video camera in the car. Photo credits to Jenny there?
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Well, it is your one-month anniversary and the setting sun pictures are bringing a unique radiance into your life, I am sure.
Many more happy ones!
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For us in India who have grown up with beaches full of sand this is a big shock. I grew up in God's own country and forget the beaches, even a good amount of the river beds had sand!! My first experience with pebbled beaches was in Philippines and it did take some time to digest. Sand is still my favorite as I find that the stones hurt my "delicate" feet.
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Very nice Video Sam.
BTW..why is that I find Mrs.Jenny's accent sound more Indian than Sams ?

Any takers?
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Very nice Video Sam.
BTW..why is that I find Mrs.Jenny's accent sound more Indian than Sams ?

Any takers?
Lol, I'll bite.

"Mrs. Jenny" is a sympathetic speaker. And the very infectious Indian accent, the side-side nod, the "haan, haan" and more has all been adopted quite quickly.

And yes, it is quite funny and very, very sweet.
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Default Morning in the island of Rab

We're staying in the area of Palit - we decide to take a look at the medieval town of Rab.

There are 2 ways to get to the town. Straight through the city, or you could walk along the coast all the way around here and then enter the town from here...
the lady tells us, pointing at our rather large folded map of Rab.

No contest. We'll take the longer and more scenic route.

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The weather is brilliant, about 25 and sunny, but the water is  brrrrrrrr....<br /> <br />
Apparently this was not the case the week before we arrived. Usually the  water is a great 20 degrees or so, but there was a storm that appeared a  few days before we did.<br />
Since then the sea water has been about 10 degrees. Tooooo cold for me. I  will swim later.<br /> <br /> <a href=YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-dsc_8807_l.jpg <br /> <a href=YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-dsc_8808_l.jpg <br />
As you can see, a beautiful blue crystal clear blessed sea, but look at the stones below the surface. It was quite common to see people swimming and walking around with beach shoes. Basically shoes that look like this:<br /> <br /> <img src=YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-dsc_8810_l.jpg <br />
Little formations created in fun by children, I guess.<br /> <br /> <a href=YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-dsc_8811_l.jpg <br /> <a href=YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-dsc_8813_l.jpg <br /> <a href=YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-dsc_8814_l.jpg
Little places where one could have breakfast as he looked towards the blue sea, amazing!<br /> <br /> <a href=YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-dsc_8815_l.jpg <br />
And then we reach the derriere of the town, near the shore.<br /> <br /> <a href=YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-dsc_8818_l.jpg <br /> <a href=YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-dsc_8819_l.jpg <br /> <i>Up there? Hmm. </i></div>   <div style=
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Wow, amazing is an understatement . I am really stunned at the beauty of it all. I should say you're very lucky.

BTW have been reading all of 17 pages (so far) since yesterday and I'm hooked. I have never before read a more enjoyable travelogue, this one is for keeps. I am learning so many new things too, thank you man! And keep it coming




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Thank you. That is "42 burning violins" by a band called "Kalabi" off the self-titled album - one of my favourites.
Did you mean "47 burning violins" ?
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