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1. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru, 2634 posts) 29 Sep '05 04:46

What's the deal with that little bit of Russia stuck in between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic sea? Seems kind of weird that they are all cut off from the mother land and all. Why didn't the separate when the other Baltic states did?

And are the people in Croatia much better bargainers than the rest of the former Yugoslavians? How'd they end up with all the coast line?

2. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru, 2457 posts) 29 Sep '05 06:59

Kaliningrad has always been a bit of a curiosity (i just missed it this spring, but its very high on my to visit list) and has large Germanic/Prussian influences as well from its Koningsberg days.

And the Croat coastline is because of where Croatia actually is and always waws, hence why Croatia got its coast, ditto Montenegro and Slovenia. The (tiny) section of Bosnian-H coast was "given" to the Bosnians to give them a coastline and to help develop trade etc, although Neum itself is essentially a useless resort for that, and to get to the rest of the country, the main roads all bounce through Croatia. The Croat port of Ploce, just north, is also on a kind of 99year lease to the Bosnians as a port, although still a part of Croatia in every sense - they`ve just cut certain duties etc.

And i am aware that none of that is the slightest use.

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru, 5336 posts) 29 Sep '05 07:05

Okay, I know this has NOTHING to do with anything, but I just got the strongest sense of deja-vu reading that.

Weird...

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru, 2634 posts) 3 Oct '05 17:23

Quoting Gelli

And i am aware that none of that is the slightest use.

Ah, but you are wrong. Because it in fact answered my questions.

Now if I can just figure out why China is called "The Middle Kingdom," I'll be sittin' pretty...

5. Posted by soliqa (Respected Member, 284 posts) 4 Oct '05 02:23

And why Iceland is called that when it is covered in green and Greenland called that when it is covered in ice. Not exactly true I'm guessing (because of course there's ice in Iceland) but I always remember one of my primary school teachers telling me that. At the time I thought it was one of life's biggest mysteries. Young minds!

Cheers,

6. Posted by igetlost (Full Member, 89 posts) 5 Oct '05 09:47

china is called the middle kingdom cause originly they though it was full of men with one huge foot and other great creatures.
greenland ice and iceland green this was an initial lingustics error
as green and ice are inter chagable in each language.

this is the jokes forum...right?