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Old Dec 29th 2019, 1:20 pm
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Originally Posted by fidobsa View Post
Perhaps we could have an Eastern Europe forum that covered Poland, Bulgaria, Croatia etc? I notice the Hungary forum is less active than when I joined a few years ago. I suppose people are using Facebook groups instead.
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Old Dec 30th 2019, 8:55 am
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Never understood the attraction of FB over discussion forums such as this, but there we go, courses for horses!
I don't do FB, but do you have a link to these groups?
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Old Dec 30th 2019, 9:02 am
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I don't do FB, but do you have a link to these groups?
No, but there is a group called BalatonBrits, which apparently has over 400 members.
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Old Jan 2nd 2020, 11:31 am
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I'm curious about the Balkans. From what I've seen its the most unspoilt beautiful part of europe. I have spent some time time in eastern europe living and working so I understand there are challenges. I even speak a little Russian. I plan to holiday there in a year or two. Romanua, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, never seen such rustic beauty elsewhere.
True, very pretty part of Europe, especially Dalmatian coast and its islands.
However, I cant say same for Balkan people, very backwards, racist & nationalistic (hate everyone but their nation), except in capital cities.
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Old Jan 2nd 2020, 1:36 pm
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True, very pretty part of Europe, especially Dalmatian coast and its islands.
However, I cant say same for Balkan people, very backwards, racist & nationalistic (hate everyone but their nation), except in capital cities.
Yes, they can be rustic and patriotic. If they are "racist" - well almost every country
(bar three?) I have visited as an Englishman I have experienced what some consider "racism", including Vietnam, Thailand, Ireland, America, Canada, Italy, etc etc etc. I really don't care! Its my responsibility as the foreign devil to prove myself to them, not the other way around. I just try to experience their country, and most people are pretty civil if you show them you are a respectable person. If you want to travel, then grow up a bit and don't smack racism labels on everything!
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Old Jan 2nd 2020, 1:53 pm
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Reading about the History of the Balkans I am amazed at those idealists who thought a "Balkan Federation" could be created as a working political entity.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balkan_Federation
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Old Jan 3rd 2020, 8:46 am
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Originally Posted by rabble_rouser View Post
I'm curious about the Balkans. From what I've seen its the most unspoilt beautiful part of europe. I have spent some time time in eastern europe living and working so I understand there are challenges. I even speak a little Russian. I plan to holiday there in a year or two. Romanua, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, never seen such rustic beauty elsewhere.
I can recommend a visit to Bosnia. I spent 2 years there after the Yugoslavian war as a member of SFOR and found it to be just as you say - unspoiled and beautiful for the most part, although I believe there are still even now some problems with unexploded mines - stay out of the long grass and you'll be fine lol....

https://balkaninsight.com/2019/09/02...ves-in-bosnia/

There are, as to be expected, throwbacks to the communist era in the towns and cities in the form of squat and ugly factory buildings with chimneys which regularly belch black smoke, and ugly blocks of flats which might make you think you are still in Leeds or Sunderland, but you can look past all that and see the unspoiled beauty of the mountains and the rivers (for the most part at least)

As with every other country I've ever been to there is a problem with litter and a prevailing kind of third worldy attitude towards the care of their own country from the locals. I was parked one day up on a high hill looking down at the river Vrbas on the road from Banja Luka to Gornji Vakuf and said to my colleague that it looked like there was a nice little beach way down below : he responded by saying 'it's not sand, it's plastic bottles' and it was, all trapped at a bend in the river and looking just like a pretty sandy beach from a distance.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vrbas_(river)

I found the locals to be pleasant and welcoming in both Republica Srpska and in the Federation and never had a problem there. I used to go off on my bicycle for long cycles on my days off and never felt threatened in any way. Very beautiful country indeed and with very fine and hospitable people in my opinion.



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