Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
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On our "express train" we learnt express doesn't mean anything. Basically the train stopped at any station that showed signs of life, even if the sign was a weed growing out of the concrete platform. So stopping at any and every rundown station platforms we crossed the border into Serbia, a country that wasn't exactly in our Europe travel plans. Stopping at the station (thankfully there was actually people waiting to get on the train, not just weeds), people raced off to fill their water bottles, buy food and have a cigarette
During the night the carriage was jostled and bumped repeatedly and in the morning we awoke to find ourselves in Belgrade station with no engine or other carriages attached. During the night we'd been de-coupled from the train and left on a siding. The conductor had locked the carriage doors and we'd spent the night in another country waiting for a new engine to arrive. We're still not sure what happened to the other one as it did take us all the way back to Belgrade. Finally at 10AM our lone carriage was joined to another train and we headed off to Budapest. A day's journey had turned into an overnight adventure. Serbia, what we saw of it racing by, was beautiful countryside with friendly people returning our waves from the window as we wizzed by
In Budapest we wandered around and found out the city was starting their St. Stephen's Day celebrations (their National Day). On the Danube River stood their Parliament building, modeled on the House of Parliament in London. We also walked to St. Stephen's Basilica for a couple of photos then headed back into the main part of town. Near the banks of the Danube River they had setup a stage where the locals were being entertained by traditional dancing. We pulled up a seat and grabbed some local food and beer and watched the show.
Status of Rick's hair: Growth. Colour of scalp no longer white.