Comments on: From Ecuador to Turkmenistan: 10 Border Crossings We Have Known travel wide, live deep Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:31:12 +0000 hourly 1 By: In Brief – May | Alastair Humphreys Tue, 24 May 2011 23:00:54 +0000 [...] Ten crazy border crossings [...]

By: Helly (Travel by the Calendar) Thu, 31 Dec 2009 02:45:41 +0000 Honduras into Nicaragua wins in my book. We caught a truck at about six am with about eight other people. The money exchange was some guy in a truck, the bag check was the army checkpoint where everything, and I mean everything came out of our backpacks and onto the dirt road and the border itself was a river. Once we got to the other side there was an hour or so of doing nothing at all while we waited for the cattle sale to finish, and then picked up another truck to go on to Waspan. Oh, and no one checked our passports!

By: Audrey Scott Tue, 29 Dec 2009 15:57:06 +0000 @Scribetrotter: Thanks for sharing your experience crossing from South Africa to Mozambique – I imagine that Africa is full of crazy land border crossings. Although, before we came to South America we were showered with stories of land border crossings on this continent rife with corruption, bribes, sketchy characters, dangers. Perhaps we’ve been lucky, but our border experiences so far in South America have been relatively straightforward and safe. We wonder how land border crossings in Africa will compare.

By: Scribetrotter Sat, 26 Dec 2009 18:55:14 +0000 I love this post!

My most memorable crossing was from South Africa to Mozambique by train. The border officials took everyone’s passport – and jumped into a car and drove off!

We then trekked up a hill and stood in a long snaking line to get them back. Several hundred passports, two border guards, and one small door and wooden cabin. Fun.

By: Nsalba Fri, 11 Dec 2009 00:47:42 +0000 Really great blog! And very sharp photos too.
Enjoyed reading it very much and will definitely come back again.

By: Daniel Noll Sat, 28 Nov 2009 16:32:25 +0000 Hi everyone. Thanks for the thoughtful and often humorous comments. Individual responses are below:

@Family: I have to admit that at first I felt a little disappointed for your children not being able to appreciate the differences visible between borders. However, after a second read of your comment, I suppose you were saying that children’s innocence lends them a perspective of a world without borders, where people are just people.

Having said that, I still appreciate the distinctions between neighboring cultures — and borders definitely shine a light on those. However, I have to admit, having traveled through Latin America, the distinctions are less apparent than those between countries that we have visited across Asia.

@Brian: See my comment above. I’m apt to agree with you. Borders indicate something, for better or for worse.

@Wendy: We are still laughing at your comment…and the image. I’m pretty sure there were a few aliens skulking around the casino in Peru.

@Nik: Thanks. We’ll add that to the list. Sounds like our cup of border tea. Perhaps sometime later next year.

@Eileen: Definitely a different sense of priorities. Sports, partying, then maybe just maybe, work. Your garlic smuggling story reminds us…time to empty the backpack of coca leaves as we leave Bolivia for Paraguay. We look forward to seeing you in 2010.

@Nicole: This kills me. Do you have a photo of the billboard? Actually, in the first draft of this piece, we had written the following: “…the border-going Austrians took their fill of the forbidden fruit at a brothel-laden patch of border land so appropriately named Hate.” We scratched it, but are glad you brought it up again.

@Jodi: Smuggling trousers in Mongolia? How many pairs?

@Lotrin: We almost included a link to this photo on the border between India and Bhutan.  While we didn’t actually cross into Bhutan, we enjoyed spending time with some of the Indian children whose parents were day laborers in Bhutan:

@lynn: We remember. Strangely enough, we were talking with friends about our meeting you and your husband in Turkmenistan the other day. Nice to hear from you!

@Suzanne: That’s vile. But a perfectly appropriate comment addition to this post.

@willtravel: That’s unfortunate. We obviously think borders can be kinda’ fun.

@Jennifer: Thanks. That’s why we write what we write: to give people a glimpse of the not-often-seen. Not to mention, these places – as much as it may appear that we complain about them – are fascinating and illuminating.

@Jeffrey: We’re with you. The Slovenia-Italy crossing almost made it into this list — something about Bosnian pirated CDs in the trunk of our car. Anyhow, circumstances changed noticeably between Italy and Slovenia, two countries which many might argue aren’t so terribly different from one another.

@Alastair: Crossing into Siberia with someone else’s passport? Hmmm, doesn’t sound like a recommended travel strategy.

@Lola: Am *really* sorry to hear that, but having lived in and traveled throughout Eastern Europe, I cannot say I’m surprised.

@Jason: Our border crossing into Bolivia from Peru at Lake Titicaca was rather uneventful. Would have loved some details here…like: from which country you crossed into Bolivia. From Peru? Paraguay? Brazil maybe?

By: Jason Wed, 25 Nov 2009 06:07:49 +0000 Great memories…especially crossing into Bolivia!

By: Lola Mon, 23 Nov 2009 19:04:16 +0000 Very cool post! You guys are definitely the quintessential slow travelers. I remember my border crossings through Eastern Europe. I kept getting singled out and sometimes pulled off the bus for “future” interrogations.

By: Alastair Humphreys Sun, 22 Nov 2009 20:35:08 +0000 Nice post! Happy memories!

I liked Siberia to Japan which I accidentally did with someone else’s passport and they did not notice!

By: Jeffrey Martin Sat, 21 Nov 2009 14:09:39 +0000 @1 – “In reality, what changes when we cross from one country to another? Nothing.” — Drive from Slovenia into Italy. A lot changes real fast :) Amazing.

My memorable border crossing – Mexico back into Guatemala. Men counting large piles of money. Children outside lighting firecrackers. Everything on edge.