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Offers a commented visual diary of our research field-trips – in a triangle between Vienna (A) Tallinn (EST) and Russe (BG)

Anniversary

By coincidence we attend the International Plovdiv Fair at its 70th anniversary. So we are invited for the gala dinner at the “St. Petersburg Hotel”, operated already during socialist times as “Leningrad Hotel”, which was back then the largest and most prestigious in town.

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Trade Fair

One of my fellow travelers asks her best friend to drive me to the fair ground. What a kind welcome! Accidentally both are logistics managers – cooperating and working with an Austrian... read more

Arrival in Plovdiv

Everybody of the passengers is awaited by somebody. The lady in her 50-ties who is working as a nurse in a private home close to Innsbruck (A), is picked up by her daughter, her son-in-law and her grandchildren. She has been away from home for 3 weeks, like she alternately is the whole year – 3 weeks Plovdiv – 3 weeks... read more

Tsentralna Avtogara Sofiya

Arrival in Sofia early in the morning! One woman is picked up with her incredible amount of luggage. Mostly presents for and orders by relatives and friends – as she mentions. All the others including me get back in the bus, after having nice conversations and coffee in front of the snack... read more

Bus Trip: Platform A8

Focal aspects for “Stop and Go” are various modes of transportation and rhythms. We decided also to make use of our trips and therefore travel by different means of transportation. The next occasion is our mapping workshop at the “International Trade Fair” in Plovdiv (BG).

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Back Home

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... read more

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.

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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... read more

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... read more