Off to Croatia...
Trip Start Jul 31, 2007
30Trip End Sep 05, 2007
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Finally on the train at 15.40 in my designated seat, as usual, some weirdo sits next to me and starts talking in Italian at me, stinking of booze. I tried to ignore him, but it didn't work, so I eventually just said (in Italian) 'I'm English', and he thankfully went away, after saying English, English.... Odd-ball. The trains in Italy seem so much better than the ones in England from my experience, and so much cheaper: it was over 3 hours to get from Rome to Ancona yet the ticket only cost €23, bargain. Also, the seat I had was really large, loads of leg room.
The scenery was ok out of the window, it seemed to get greener the further north we went. Near the stop before Ancona there was a strip of beach, with loads of volley ball courts and people playing football and having parties, it looked great. The train was a little late getting into Ancona, so I walked as fast as I could to the bus station, and jumped on a bus to the ferry port..... turned out the ferry would be an hour late to leave anyways, so I needn't have rushed.
I bagged my seat in the designated 'air seat' area, and no it wasn't an inflatable chair or anything exciting like that. For some bizarre reason, just behind the area was the deck outside with some kind of 'disco' going on, blaring out all the best European hits: Scatman, etc, I'm sure you can imagine. Playing in the lounge where I was, the most bizarre game show I have ever seen, I have absolutely no idea what the concept of it was, but it involved some thing with a massive red head and a blue / white stripey suit, weird.
I sorted myself out and prepared for a crap nights sleep, doh.