Almost missed the train!!!!

Trip Start Jan 12, 2008
Trip End Mar 19, 2009

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A night train almost missed and a day in Serbia..

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

So did we make it??? Well... following on from last blog....

Poor Bill lugs both our packs to the meeting point.We now have just over 5 minutes and he looks like a sure fire heart attack victim... WE head down to platform 5 (Platform V) and meet some other stressed backpackers at the bottom of the stairs - no train on platform 5 (V). I am sure I remembered my roman numerals... Eventually we find it on Platform 3 Track 5. We just don't get it???? On board, in shock, that we got the train, we bed down for a much needed rest!

We arrived early morning in Belgrade and being that we are on the whirlwind, bonus stops, overland tour of Eastern Europe (ie. we need to be in Moscow to get a train out in early October - it will get too cold..) we decided not to stay in Belgrade. It deserves a day, but thats probably it. We book our tickets, stored our luggage and headed out. Belgrade is not an attractive place. On the surface, Belgrade is a concrete jungle. Old Soviet buildings overpower the occasional gem.

One of the nicest parts of the town is near the Kalemegdan Citadel. Its a fortress protecting the city and whilst not the most dazzling fortress is surrounded and encloses some nice parks and gardens which provide a good escape from the city. We spent time in the gardens and headed to the Military museum. It was my (Leonie) idea to go and well frankly it was boring. It went way too far back and whilst the more recent history of the former Yugoslavia, is a little more what I was looking for this was dedicated to one small room at the end. Oh well, say la vi! It wasted an hour. We headed out back into the fort and down the back of the grounds towards the river. We found a nice lot of churches and gardens, milled around and headed back into town.

The main street from the park was refreshingly nice. A main shopping thoroughfare took us back up to our favourite soviet section and we found a good pub for a few beers. Another overnight train to come, only a few more hours...
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