Budapest to Ljubljana
06.08.2006 23 °C
The last time I went on a train was in India. And this train was a bit different from the overnight from Goa to Mumbai. So as you can imagine I was pretty impressed with the vast amount of space,and super comfy reclining seats and clean toilet on the train to Ljubljana. I shared a compartment with an English couple,which meant the threee of us had plenty of space. I don't think I ve ever been on a train with proper compartments. It was like a 1980s version of the Hogwarts Express.
We left Budapest and headed into rather flat unremarkable countryside. I drifted to sleep until we got to Lake Balaton. Passing through some of the villages along the waters edge, I decided I was glad I hadn't bothered going.
After about four hours we arrived at the Croatian border. The border guards seemed more smiley and friendly than anyone I had met in Budapest, where the people had seemed a bit grumpy. We had a brief stop in Zagreb, and from there it was only a short hop to the Slovenian border. On leaving Croatia the guard even passed us the stamp to stamp our passports ourselves, which I found amusing. Is that allowed?
Soon the countryside became distinctly more alpine, with cute steep roofed chalets, their balconies overflowing with flowers. The train wove through the mountains alongside a rive until suddenly, we were in Ljubljana. Whereas in most cities you would pass through miles of suburban light industrial sprawl, here we just dropped from the mountains into the city. That shows how small the city is.
So there I was in Slovenia, and already I liked it, apart from the weather, which was looking decidedly British. I went to change my money, then off to find accomodation.