It was the worst and perhaps not the longest train ride in my life, but it sure felt like being put in an oven, slowly waiting for death to come. Even though it was a horrible journey, I enjoyed every second of it. Strange, isn’t it? I’ve never been in a train without air condition, with more than 30 degrees in, so this was overall a new experience I appreciated. It’s not something I will do too often though. We headed out from Budapest, towards Croatia.
The first hours of the train ride was ok, although we were way too warm. Strangely, I was able to concentrate quite well on drawing.
After 3 hours in the train, we were told that we had to change the train, because the train rails were broken. We were all shipped in to a bus which was even hotter. After 5 minutes in the bus, I realized that the heater was on. Why? I have no idea. The air condition didn’t work either. After another 20 minutes in the bus, we again had to change to train. At this point, we had to wait for a long time in the train, because of passport control. First a Hungarian passport controller came, then the train conductor came to check the tickets and lastly a Croatian passport controller came to check on our passports. We waited for at least an hour, still without air condition.
After another hour, the train stopped for a long time. Too long. Something was definitively wrong again, we thought. All of us had to go out of the train and wait for another one. The train that arrived was already full, so it was quite hard to fit everyone into the train going to Zagreb. We stood the rest of the way to Zagreb, perhaps and hour. Even though it was hot and we were exhausted, I was still happy experiencing this. We arrived Zagreb, just in time to see a beautiful sunset.