Waking up at 4am to catch the 6am train to Zagreb, surprisingly, that was the easy part. Getting onto the train and finding a seat as we didn’t have reserved seating wasn’t too bad either: two seats side by side, facing forward and me by the window. Easy.
As it was so early in the morning, I, Jessica didn’t hesitate to fall asleep, meanwhile, James rarely ever sleep on public transport but every now and then I’d wake up overhearing a group of Irish guys having the time of their life. They were actually so funny, it kept us entertained for an hour or so, simply listening to their “train talks” and their very excessive “would you rather” before it was time everyone slowly started crashing down and sleeping.
All sounds good so far right? Wait for it. Quarter to 10 hits and we’ve all been awkwardly awoken by a storm of what we believed were scouts, there was a solid 20 of them, so everyone in our are got moved from their seat as they had reservations from whatever point we were in at that time. With only having an hour and a half of the journey, the train was pretty much packed and I, and the Irish lads were at the back in that space where the toilet was. Fun. (James was seated, but I don’t like sitting backwards, so I stood)
That’s not even the worse part, so naturally we were there for a while, as we were near to the border, we knew the rules, passport check, twice, that fine. Then a girl and a guy were getting escorted off, girl was crying. We’re all confused. Watching and staring (I know we shouldn’t, but we were bored) we finally knew what was going on, she didn’t have her passport, but a paper copy, oh don’t ask.
Think that was the worst part? WRONG. Here it comes.. we all got evacuated off the train! Why? That we were completely unaware of, with a language barrier between us, half the people on the carriage and the police, we just did what we were told. Bags and all.
We look happy in the photo above, we had no idea what was coming. We got off the train at 10:30, note that we’re meant to get into Zagreb at 11:39, so we’re already off schedule. Imagine waiting outside, without knowing what’s going on, in 34 degrees heat for 4 hours!?
So apparently there was a bomb scare in Hungary, and they were searching all the international trains. Sucks for us right? All seemed in the clear and we started to board the train, 5 AT. A. TIME. Re-showing our passports and getting our bags checked. 3 carriages packed with people, imagine how long that took.
Now, I won’t go into anymore detail but, we arrived into Zagreb at around 5pm. FML.
OH, and all of this WITHOUT FOOD!
Our evening did turn around for what it’s worth, we checked into our AirBnb and was greeted with such a warm welcome. Freshened up, got dress and went out for some dinner and collected our Zagreb Card* which included so many other extras, such as a keyring, a shirt and more!
We hope that tomorrow will be better and we make most of what we can now having less time here due to this mess. Keep and eye out on what we do tomorrow!
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