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Hungary

4.3 km (2.7 miles) NW of Bácsszentgyörgy, Bács-Kiskun, Hungary
Approx. altitude: 85 m (278 ft)
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Antipode: 46°S 161°W

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#2: On the way to confluence #3: Confluence point #4: View to East #5: The vehicle

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  46°N 19°E  

#1: General view

(visited by Laszlo Szabo)

27-Sep-2001 -- The confluence point of 46° N and 19° E can be found just in the frontier zone of the Yugoslavian and Hungarian border. Due to the expected refugee wave that will probably be caused by the Afghanistan related tense situation, some weeks ago the frontier defence has been reinforced. The reason of this reinforcement was that refugee groups were expected to migrate illegally into Europe entering into the country through the green frontier.

When I started my way to find the confluence point, I took into account that I can meet some difficulties close to the reinforced frontier zone. Namely, the confluence point is situated only five kilometres away from the border. The confluence point is surrounded by motor roads at west, north and east, while there is the border at south of it. It can only be approached through the motor roads as close as five to six kilometres.

I tried to approach it from north by turning off the motor road, but unfortunately, I found a cart-road at 2.5 km away from it that was unfit for motor traffic. I could advance even less distance between the plough-lands when I tried to approach from west. Just when I tried to access the area from east, I run up against border-guards. While examining my documents they asked me about what I was looking for in this uninhabited area. One of them was armed with a Kalashnikow type machine-gun held across the shoulder. I explained them clearly my intentions. After finding out that my documents were in order they helpfully led me the way to the road junction of a cart-road. Within short it turned out that the road indicated by the border-guards is also impassable for my car, and on my request they permitted me to join them in their cross-country vehicle. Afterwards, I could continue my way towards the confluence point with an armed escort. The members of my escort had shown a visible curiosity related to the confluence hunting.

When we arrived at the end of the road we drove through a sunflower land where the crops have already been gathered. The high and hard sunflower stalks bumped against the front part of the Russian make cross-country vehicle producing loud noises. Afterwards, we run across a bumpy and grassy field that resulted to be a hard task for the cross-country vehicle also. Passing through this hard terrain we arrived at the point hunted for that has been found at the common border of two adjacent ploughed lands. I took quickly the photos to not keep up too long my occasional escort, since, they had to turn back within a short time to the lookout post assigned to them. I did not take a photo of the border-guards but I did of their cross-country vehicle. At the sides of their vehicle an inscription appeared: "HATÁRORSÉG" that means "BORDER-GUARDS".


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#1: General view
#2: On the way to confluence
#3: Confluence point
#4: View to East
#5: The vehicle
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