Thursday, 20 July 2017

Hectic Journey to Croatia From Hungary | Zagreb Day 1

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Waking up at 4am to catch the 6am train to Zagreb, surprisingly, that was the easy part. Getting onto the train and finding a seat as we didn't have reserved seating wasn't too bad either: two seats side by side, facing forward and me by the window. Easy.


As it was so early in the morning, I, Jessica didn't hesitate to fall asleep, meanwhile, James rarely ever sleep on public transport but every now and then I'd wake up overhearing a group of Irish guys having the time of their life. They were actually so funny, it kept us entertained for an hour or so, simply listening to their "train talks" and their very excessive "would you rather" before it was time everyone slowly started crashing down and sleeping.


All sounds good so far right? Wait for it. Quarter to 10 hits and we've all been awkwardly awoken by a storm of what we believed were scouts, there was a solid 20 of them, so everyone in our are got moved from their seat as they had reservations from whatever point we were in at that time. With only having an hour and a half of the journey, the train was pretty much packed and I, and the Irish lads were at the back in that space where the toilet was. Fun. (James was seated, but I don't like sitting backwards, so I stood)

That's not even the worse part, so naturally we were there for a while, as we were near to the border, we knew the rules, passport check, twice, that fine. Then a girl and a guy were getting escorted off, girl was crying. We're all confused. Watching and staring (I know we shouldn't, but we were bored) we finally knew what was going on, she didn't have her passport, but a paper copy, oh don't ask.

Think that was the worst part? WRONG. Here it comes.. we all got evacuated off the train! Why? That we were completely unaware of, with a language barrier between us, half the people on the carriage and the police, we just did what we were told. Bags and all.


We look happy in the photo above, we had no idea what was coming. We got off the train at 10:30, note that we're meant to get into Zagreb at 11:39, so we're already off schedule. Imagine waiting outside, without knowing what's going on, in 34 degrees heat for 4 hours!?

So apparently there was a bomb scare in Hungary, and they were searching all the international trains. Sucks for us right? All seemed in the clear and we started to board the train, 5 AT. A. TIME. Re-showing our passports and getting our bags checked. 3 carriages packed with people, imagine how long that took.

Now, I won't go into anymore detail but, we arrived into Zagreb at around 5pm. FML.
OH, and all of this WITHOUT FOOD!

Our evening did turn around for what it's worth, we checked into our AirBnb and was greeted with such a warm welcome. Freshened up, got dress and went out for some dinner and collected our Zagreb Card* which included so many other extras, such as a keyring, a shirt and more!

We hope that tomorrow will be better and we make most of what we can now having less time here due to this mess. Keep and eye out on what we do tomorrow!

Disclaimer: we were given complimentary passes to the asterisks (*) in exchange for a mention in this blog post and coverage on social media. However as always, all pictures and views are our own.


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18 comments

  1. This was so entertaining hahaha sorry I know it sucks for you guys but what a read!! Can't believe it was a 4 hour wait though and you were delayed for so long WITHOUT food!!! Well done for keeping calm and just making the best out of the situation but thank for they are so cautious too and take bomb scares so seriously! I also hate sitting backwards makes me feel soooo sick!!

    Francesca | mylifeinrosetintedglasses.com

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    1. Hahaha thinking about it now, it wasnt too bad but gah it was so annoying but happy they take these things seriously of course! Glad you found it entertaining!

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  2. The thought of going all that time without food.... I would hate that. What a day, hope it's a one off.

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    1. Omg I know! It was ridiculous - gladly it was just a one off

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  3. I can't imagine you two going through all of that with NO FOOD! What an absolute disgrace haha!! You two wouldn't have known what to do with yourselves. A bomb scare would be soooooo scary! Glad you are ok! It's an experience to remember! A tale to tell! Safe travelling lovelies!! Xoxoxoxxo

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    1. I KNOW, it could have been a little bit
      More bareable with some food but nothing!

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  4. Ohhh I'm so sorry you guys had to go through all that, what a pain, especially with the language barrier etc! Also not having any food really sucks. I'm glad the AirBnb is good, and now you can properly enjoy Zagreb!
    Hels xx
    www.thehelsproject.com

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    1. The language barrier was the worse part - just not being told what's happening was the worst!

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  5. Oh my goodness, I can't believe the day you guys had!! Sounds incredibly stressful, especially with the language barrier! I'm also mightily impressed that you're both smiling in that photo despite the delay, I think I definitely would've been grumpy by that point haha! I hope that the rest of your time in Hungary is a lot more relaxing! Sending hugs!

    Abbey 😘 www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. Oh trust me, we became much more impatient towards the end! Complete madness!

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  6. Woah! This sounds absolutely brutal! Bless you still smiling through it all! I'm glad you're safe, but going off schedule and being stuck in 34 degree heat is enough to make any one go insane! Good to hear your day turned for the better and you had a nice warm welcome from the Air B n B host!
    Kate x
    http://www.findingkate.co

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    1. It was a shame to waste the day but we were okay by the end of it!

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  7. Oh no!! This sounds like my absolute worst nightmare. I hate crowded, warm places and I would have been seriously panicking after the evacuation! Glad you got there in the end though.
    Hayley X
    Lifethroughtsg.com

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    1. Trust me, it was so hot and with so many people trying to fit under the shade! Manic!

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  8. Wow! Sounds like a very eventful day, I hope that the rest of your travels are a bit more relaxed. Yeah, would you rather is a pretty popular game among groups of friends in Ireland!

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    1. Haha love it! They were some good lads! Kept us all entertained!

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  9. Oh lovelies, this sounds so stressful. Hope you never have another day like this! 🌸💗✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie. x
    www.AlishaValerie.com | www.twitter.com/AlishaValerie

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    1. Thank you and luckily we didn't!

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