This blog mainly concentrates on providing information that will help in living or travelling in Malaysia. However, I do blog a little about trips abroad. On my recent trip to the Balkans I’ll do a series of short blogs providing one anecdote per country, and then a few assorted photos of the country unrelated to the anecdote.
Bar is a lovely town on the Montenegro coast. I caught the train from Belgrade to Bar as this trip has a reputation as one of the most beautiful rail trips in the Balkans. Thus I had booked a window seat so I could get the best view and take photos. So the story goes like this. After relaxing in the cafe before the train departed, I embarked about 15 minutes early, just to be sure I had the right train, could easily find the seat etc. However, my seat was already taken. In the Balkans people very often ignore seat assignments, but when I request my seat they will politely move elsewhere. If the train is empty, then fine, but I could not find another window seat anywhere, and this man refused to move, backed up by his friend seated opposite at the other window seat in the compartment. I could use the conductor perhaps, I thought, but then I discovered the bar.
And so I spent the entire 12 hour trip there. This was in fact far better, so I am actually thankful to that rude guy. At no time did the bar become crowded. The windows opened on both sides so I could take photos – in the compartment the glass is dirty and the windows don’t open. And I had a constant and quick supply of coffee, sandwiches and beer whenever I wanted. My bar bill came close to the cost of the train ticket, but I really enjoyed the trip.
and now we are approaching the Montenegro border.