When driving across an international border in Central Europe, take note: You may be expected to stop at the first opportunity to buy a "vignette" to be displayed somewhere in the front window of your car. And no, vignette doesn't refer to some cute little story or photo; it's a toll signified by a sticker or receipt. But traveler Bill Robinson of San Clemente, Calif., would like to warn fellow English speakers that unless you know this ahead of time, you may not realize it until exiting the country, and at that point it can turn ugly.
He said he was leaving
When going into Austria, another country that requires vignettes, I found the border area giving plenty of warning in several languages, including English. So, thanks to Robinson, consider yourself warned on Slovenia. What's more, the country's traffic-authority website explains that numerous fines can be levied and paid, quite conveniently, on the spot to the officer standing in front of you. And from I've read, Robinson actually may have gotten off easy on the fine, despite the trauma of having his passport grabbed.