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The Best of Belgrade

October 20th, 2006

Had an absolutely fantastic day…Belgrade is a great city and I had awesome hosts. Two people from the tourism board took me out to dinner today (at 9 pm!) then two bars and a club, which we only stayed at for about 3 minutes. I am absolutely exhausted, but wanted to say that all the hassle to get here was worth it!

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

October 19th, 2006

This is a continuation of the most bizarre train I have ever taken. Please read introductions or other entries below.

For the next four hours, I slept fitfully, the carriage to myself. I vaugely became aware of the fact were stopped and woke up only to determine that no, this field and single track train station was not Belgrade.

At 8 a.m., 2.5 hours after we should have arrived, Julian walked into my carriage. I struggled to wake up. “Hey. What’s going on.”

Julian looked worried. “There has been a bomb. An explosion at the military base ahead. We’ve been stopped for a few hours while they look for more bombs.”
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Sofia to Belgrade Overnight Train: Guns, Smugglers and Bombs, Part Three, The Smugglers

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

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

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, things that do not make sense, etc. I would like to write it as a full story later on. It is half blog entry, half diary, so please overlook the spelling, long title, and everything else that makes me look bad 🙂 This first part I wrote an hour after getting on the train.

So, for a girl already kinda freaked out about this senario of an overnight train, this evening did not start favorably.
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Leaving on a…Train. Sofia to Belgrade

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 an insider tour of the city. I learned some more about the Bulgarian midset and how they feel about entering the EU – I will try to write it out tonight and then type it up soon.

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A City I Like! Sofia, Macedonia

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 visited an Irish bar (you can find those all over the world) near the hostel.
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Return to Hostels: Skopje and Sofia

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 Macedonia’s capital, Skopje, and (amazingly!) finding my way quickly to the expensive (20 bucks a night!) hostel/hotel of HI International.
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Lake Ohrid Pearls on the Perfect Day

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.
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Return to Tourism – Lake Ohrid, Macedonia

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 find yourself in the apartment of a 50-year-old tour guide with hippies from around Europe, eating soup they have made from scratch after picking wildlife from the surrounding hills, watching one play guitar and crunching stocking feet on the shells of nuts and dried fruit skins in attempt to make sand that will cover the apartment.

Last night was the latter.
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