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Sofia to Belgrade Overnight Train: Guns, Smugglers and Bombs, Part Three, The Smugglers

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

Please read Part One, or at least Part Two, before reading this entry.

I looked back as Luka pulled the curtains tightly shut, ready to inspect his cargo of illicit goods.

Taking deep breaths, I walked down the length of the train car. Sitting alone was a backpacker I had seen earlier, when he first boarded the train. I pulled open the door. “Do you mind company?” I asked. He smiled. “Thank god,” he said, pulling out a pack of ciggarettes. “Someone that speaks English.”
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Sofia to Belgrade Overnight Train: Guns, Smugglers and Bombs, Part Two, The Trigger Happy Jacks

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

This is part two of my overnight train adventure. Please read at least the note on part one before continuing

I wondered, vaguely, if I had ever seen someone carrying a handgun before this train ride.
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Sofia to Belgrade Overnight Train: Guns, Smugglers and Bombs, Part One, The Train Station

Thursday, October 19th, 2006
Hey guys - the following is my account of last night's, um, adventures. I spent three hours writing it by hand when I was still on the train, and am only transcribing it, so please pardon any spelling errors, ... [Continue reading this entry]

Leaving on a…Train. Sofia to Belgrade

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006
I have only a few minutes before I head on out for my night train to Belgrade (woo hoo!) I am crossing my fingers for an uneventful trip. Today was meeting up with one of BnA's writers, Radoslav, and getting ... [Continue reading this entry]

A City I Like! Sofia, Macedonia

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006
Another boring travel day for blog readers, although I enjoyed it just fine. Last night I hung out with a Swiss guy, the American named Courtney, and an Australian. We did dinner at a local 'American-style' chain restaurant, and then ... [Continue reading this entry]

Return to Hostels: Skopje and Sofia

Monday, October 16th, 2006
I had plenty of time yesterday, but no where to write about it: the bane of Europe on a Sunday. On my last day in the country, I caught the 11 a.m. bus out of Ohrid, arriving at 4 into ... [Continue reading this entry]

Lake Ohrid Pearls on the Perfect Day

Saturday, October 14th, 2006
I don't have a set idea of a perfect travel day. However, every once and awhile they pop up, and today was one of them. After setting off from the computer, I found myself a spot near the lake and ... [Continue reading this entry]

Return to Tourism – Lake Ohrid, Macedonia

Saturday, October 14th, 2006
Traveling can be a little surreal sometimes. Like when you wake up in a city and you can't remember where you are. Or when you meet a group of people and then see them in another country a month later. Or when you ... [Continue reading this entry]

Er…Maybe I Will Stay in Albania Another Day After All (aka Touring Durres, Albania)

Thursday, October 12th, 2006
So, as I sat waiting for the bus this morning, I thought to myself, 'You know Court, you have not seen a lot of this area yet. You should really stick around another day...you know, take a day trip to ... [Continue reading this entry]

Goodbye to Albania

Thursday, October 12th, 2006
To continue my entry from last night... After I left the shop, I found a minibus heading to Tirana. The way these things work is that they leave when they are full or mostly full...which meant that you sometimes get ... [Continue reading this entry]