Cowboys and Aliens
Another classic from 20 years of TG mag: Hungary's herdsmen confront TG's heavily modded Toyota Hilux...
Posted: 29 Oct 2013
We pause at the old Hegyeshalom checkpoint near Nickelsdorf. The border crossing became defunct in 2007 when Hungary and Slovakia joined the Schengen Agreement, but the Nickelsdorf side is interesting because it’s where the seams of the Iron Curtain started to unpick in ’89, the West and the Soviet Bloc starting to dissolve into one other.
It’s an abandoned, depressing place, grey and sad. The security cameras still hang on the walls, broken and Eighties massive, the windows of the security block greasy with diesel and florid with graffiti. There are still morbid tangles of barbed wire in the grass. Somehow it manages to siphon joy, knowing why this place existed, and there’s a sense of foreboding in the air even as we leave. I don’t look back.