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Our last border-crossing in Hegyeshalom (H)/ Nickelsdorf (A) reminds us of the tour through this border region we did prior to our trip. And it reminds us of the many meetings and talks in and around Vienna with ‚experts‘ and highly mobile...

Business as Usual

Another logistic hub, the „Europolis Park“ in the hinterland of Budapest and directly next to the M1 highway but from a prior stage of development. And again trucks of the successor company of...

Busy Logistic Hub

Quite often during our trip the reasons whether a road is packed with traffic or not were not always clear for us. At this busy logistic hub next to the M0 – the outer ring in the south of Budapest – it is obvious where all the trucks transfer their goods. This multimodal hub, including a container terminal, is also one of the main logistic centers of the hauling company „Waberers Optimum...

Border Experience

Crossing the Serbian checkpoint was fast – passing the Hungarian took us and all the tourists, (former) guest-workers, etc. quite while. But being stuck was a good opportunity for conversations with several people on the rhythms of traveling...

SEZ – Special Economic Zone

Already in Vienna we got the hint that the Serbian border town Subotica is in terms of migration a very important node. It turned out that beside that it has even a Special Economic Zone for producing and processing goods. As well it will be an important hub for the planned and controversially  South Stream...

Exit Indija

This brand new Outlet-Center is exactly located – of course next to the highway – but also almost exactly between Belgrade and Novi...

Autoput

At least some sections of  the highway „Brotherhood and Unity“ follow the same line as the old did. Some of the initial facilities are still in use. … and so are certain practices and habits. And just close by new developments, which try to attract certain customers.  ...

Hotel Nais

Ahead of our trip different people mentioned this spot being used by turkish truck drivers. Surprisingly now the whole complex is just a ruin and the parking is empty. Right now the whole complex is for sale! On the area is even a big outdoor and an indoor pool – both already closed down. … and a camping site with attached facilities. The ad wich is still online mentions: „Hotel Nais is the magnificent, three star hotel, primarly designed for motorized tourists with a parking place for 200 vehicles and a garage (00 – 24 h). Hotel has 89 rooms, 3 suites with 189 beds. Hotel posesses: main Fast food restaurant, A la carte restaurant, snack and coffe bar, summer garden, conference room, open oplimpic pool, open pool for children, sport courts, secured prk lot for cars, gas station with service, excange office. Although it is located near the main road, this hotel offers enough peace and quiet for vacation, and also enough contents for those who wants to have some fun.“...

Motel Nis

Wake up in this do it yourself Motel wedged between the former main road and the railway tracks. „Nebo“, a guy we met at the petrol station and who speaks German fluently, led us there the night before. It turned out that he had some experience with cross-border businesses from the mid 90-ties on – always adapting his practices and operating areas to the demands....