My travelling life has been frequently interrupted by officials ordering me not to hitch-hike, so to be instructed to thumb a ride over the border by a man in uniform feels weird.It also goes against the first law of international hitch-hiking: no sane driver will take you across a frontier.The side where I am presently standing marks a north-eastern extreme of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.The side I hoped to reach was the south-western frontier of another former superpower: the Soviet Union.The festival of Culture of the Ukrainian and Ruthenian has a rich and long tradition, a large number of folklore ensembles not only from Slovakia take part in it as well as several thousands of spectators.FOR connoisseurs of obscurity, the Republic of Carpatho-Ruthenia takes some beating.
With this worthwhile cultural activity as our aim, we shall work to collect, preserve, and disseminate historical, genealogical, linguistic, and ethno-cultural information about Carpatho-Rusyns.
Thanks to a pair of imperial implosions at either end of the 20th century, and, oddly, the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest, I am in theory allowed to cross this frontier with only a British passport.
But the Hungarian frontier guard wearing a jaunty blue beret tells me I need something else: a lift.
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