Intrepid Optimist

Intrepid Optimist is the place where I can share my stories; fact, fiction and thoughts from the past and present. It’s Written by myself for people who believe adventure knows no age

Remembrance of things past – Border Nostalgia

The central function of any border or frontier is to keep people in their place and be able to control them. But for me the very word, Border or Frontier evoke exotic images of ominous guards, mysterious co-travellers, foreign languages, corrupt officials and shadowy figures with bundles of soiled banknotes.

The new generation of traveller has no idea what it was to go through the rigmarole of being stopped, sometimes searched and your papers checked. Since 1999, when the Shengan Agreement came into force, 26 European countries now allow you to cross their borders without having to showing your passport. Most convenient but not very exotic is it?

As a sufferer of an enduring guilty conscience, I was always nervous (still am) when arriving in a another country and having to hand over my passport. Although I would not wish the European Community to breakdown and the walls rebuilt, I do rather miss the menace of those official border crossings.

About bbryanthomas

Not so young man about town who, having witnessed and enjoyed life, is presently having fun, writing about those by-gone times and life in general.

2 comments on “Remembrance of things past – Border Nostalgia

  1. The Shining Gem
    August 29, 2017

    That’s because you have a powerful British passport, if you had a passport of a third world country, you’d still be stopped and checked.


    • bbryanthomas
      August 29, 2017

      …or maybe I just look innocent (used to)

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on August 15, 2017 by in History, Non-fiction, Opinion, Stories and tagged , , , , , .
we did it our way

We're Carine and Derek, 2 fun-loving Canadians who quit our jobs and travel the world. We want to inspire you to live your best life and follow your own rules

The Renegade Press

Tales from the mouth of a wolf

Phoebe, MD: Medicine & Poetry

Health | Inspiration | Life

Wildfire Movies

An award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter talks movies.


There is no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this.

Rebecca Starr Brown

From Normandy to Windsor, Putting the British Monarchy in Context

Timeless Classics

Poetry and Prose by Ana Daksina



Trina Looks Back

Weaving Stories, Curating Memories

k. Rawson

Heroines needed. Capes optional.

Claire Fuller

Writing and art

The Little Mermaid


Judith Barrow

Writer & Author

%d bloggers like this: