Midnight Train to Serbia
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July 12th, 2008 – by: cneoridium
We took the midnight train to Belgrade to save on a hotel, scheduled to arrive mid morning. This was a clean, comfortable train- the last modern train of the trip. We staked out a compartment, successfully scaring away enough passengers to sleep across adjacent seats... The seats of ex-Yugoslav trains usually face each other and recline and slide forward so the seats nearly touch each other, making a nice bed. In this case the train was empty enough that we could sleep across seats.
Sleep is always interrupted by endless ticket takers and passport control officers at borders, but the slow clack-clack of the long-welded rails is soothing while you sleep.
Rolling into Belgrade in the morning brought views of a sprawling big city compared to the almost small town feel of Zagreb. Cornfields and horse-drawn carts began to give way to small towns, then apartments in the pre-dawn light as we approached the city. On the outskirts were several miles of industrial zones and ghettos with shacks and neighborhoods made of scrap materials. Crossing the Danube River, the capital city was revealed, with high-rise housing, domes of Orthodox churches, and federal buildings.
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